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Audit: Insurance fund finished FY 2015 $6 million in red

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report shows the state fund that insures local government property finished the last fiscal year in the red. The Legislative Audit Bureau’s review Friday found the fund’s financial position has deteriorated since the state insurance commissioner’s office issued a $12 million dividend in fiscal year 2009-2010. Net losses and other expenses More >

Those arrested during Milwaukee tree lighting referred to DA

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Police say six demonstrators arrested during a downtown Milwaukee tree lighting ceremony have been referred to prosecutors. The six were among those attempting to disrupt the event late Thursday at Red Arrow Park where hundreds of people had gathered to watch the tree lighting and listen to a children’s choir. The Coalition More >

2 killed in Waushara County crash

TOWN OF WARREN, Wis. (AP) – Two people have died in a head-on highway crash in Waushara County. The sheriff’s department says two vehicles collided in the Town of Warren Thursday about 5:30 p.m. WLUK-TV ( ) reports two people in one vehicle were killed. Another person in the second vehicle was airlifted to the More >

Winter storm warning for southern Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A powerful winter storm approaching Wisconsin is expected to deliver the first measurable snow to the south. The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for the southern third of the state Friday. Forecasters say three to ten inches of snow is expected across the region with the highest amounts near More >

Arrests during Milwaukee tree lighting ceremony

MILWAUKEE (AP) – At least five demonstrators were arrested at a downtown Milwaukee tree lighting ceremony when they tried to disrupt the event. A crowd of people gathered at Red Arrow Park for the ceremony late Thursday where a children’s choir competed with chants from protesters who were attempting to draw attention to the death More >

Milwaukee man charged in fatal hit-and-run

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee man has been charged in another man’s hit-and-run death on the city’s south side. Court records show 73-year-old Andrew Emer was charged Thursday with one count of hit-and-run resulting in death. He’s accused of striking 64-year-old David Montanez shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday and then fleeing the scene in his van. Milwaukee More >

Tyson closing plants in Chicago and Jefferson, Wisconsin

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) – Tyson Foods says it’s closing plants in Chicago and Jefferson, Wisconsin, in a move that will affect 880 workers. Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson said in a statement Thursday the closures are due to changing product needs, the age of both facilities and prohibitive costs of renovations, as well as the distance of the More >

Wisconsin regulators scale back WPS rate request

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Electric and natural gas customers in northeastern Wisconsin will see their rates drop slightly after state regulators scaled back Wisconsin Public Service’s request to raise prices. The utility asked the state Public Service Commission to raise electric rates by 9.7 percent and gas rates by 2.7 percent next year. The commission on More >

WEDC may have awarded tax credits without authorization

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A newspaper is reporting that Gov. Scott Walker’s troubled economic development agency may have awarded $21 million in tax credits to companies it wasn’t’ authorized to give out. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday ( that the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau sent at letter in August to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation More >

Move over Emma, there’s a new most popular baby name

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Move over, Emma. There’s a new most popular baby name in Wisconsin. After two years as the most popular name for girls, Emma has been replaced by Olivia as the top choice for new parents. The state Department of Health Services reported the annual baby name data on Thursday. After a one-year absence More >