State News

La Crosse Oktoberfest attendants flip car

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – The annual Oktoberfest celebration in La Crosse has ended without major incident, despite police reports of attendants flipping a car and damaging several others. Local police reports say one car was flipped on its side and the widows of at least six others were smashed. The La Crosse Tribune ( ) More >

Milwaukee school settles discrimination claim

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department says Milwaukee Montessori School will pay $55,000 to settle a claim that the school discriminated against a disabled student. The department alleged the private day school failed to accommodate and then “impermissibly disenrolled” a young child because he stumbled and fell “more frequently than his peers.” In a statement Monday, More >

Man questioned for double homicide released

BERLIN, Wis. (AP) – Green Lake County’s top prosecutor says the man being questioned about two deaths in Berlin has been released. Police have described the deaths of Melissa Tuinstra and Justin Daniels as a double homicide. They were found slain late Saturday. The crime resulted in an Amber Alert for Tuinstra’s 8-year-old daughter who More >

Director asks John Doe DA to investigate himself

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The director of a conservative group trying to shut down an investigation into whether right-leaning organizations illegally coordinated with Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign wants a prosecutor working on the probe to investigate himself. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and several other prosecutors launched the so-called John Doe investigation in 2012, looking More >

55 died as a result of domestic violence in 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report sheds light on the life and death consequences of domestic violence in Wisconsin. The organization End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin released a study that shows 55 people died as a result of domestic violence in 2013. Thirty-nine people were homicide victims, 12 perpetrators took their own lives and four More >

Cranberry crop estimated at 5.3 million barrels

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Growers expect Wisconsin will lead the nation as the top cranberry producer for the 20th consecutive year. The harvest is underway in the Badger State where about 5.3 million barrels of cranberries are expected to be produced this year. Each barrel contains about 100 pounds of cranberries. The 2014 crop More >

Man killed after tire flies through windshield

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A passenger in a car was killed after a tire flew off an oncoming vehicle and through the windshield of the victim’s car on the interstate in Dane County. The State Patrol says the fatal accident happened shortly after 1 a.m. Monday on Interstate 39/90 near Madison’s Beltline interchange. The driver More >

First lady, Gov. Christie campaign in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) – First lady Michelle Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are in Wisconsin to campaign in a tight governor’s race. Obama is in Milwaukee Monday afternoon, lending her support to Democratic candidate Mary Burke. Christie will be across the state in Hudson, campaigning for Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The latest Marquette University More >

Jackson police use anti-heroin drug to revive man

JACKSON, Wis. (AP) – Jackson police have used the drug Narcan to counter a suspected heroin overdose two weeks after the department received its first Narcan kits. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports ( ) police found a Milwaukee man unconscious on a commuter bus. An officer noticed his pupils were constricted and administered a dose of More >

Wisconsin DNR reports $11.7m in timber sales

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources says Wisconsin saw record timber sales from state lands during the last fiscal year. DNR Chief Forester Paul DeLong says timber sales totaled $11.71 million during the year that ended June 30. That’s up from $10.8 million during fiscal year 2013. The sales were generated form state More >