State News

Memo: GOP lawmakers passed 128 measures limiting local control since 2011

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have passed 128 measures since 2011 restricting the authority of local government. That’s according to the state’s nonpartisan budget agency. The Wisconsin State Journal ( ) reports the rundown comes in a May 16 memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. It was released at the request of Assistant Assembly More >

Medical college takes step to lessen shortage of psychiatrists

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Medical College of Wisconsin is moving to address the state’s shortage of psychiatrists in northern Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports ( ) it’s one of the state’s most severe areas of doctor need. The Medical College announced last week that it had gotten initial accreditation for residency programs in northeastern and north-central More >

Pigeon ‘birth control’ prevents overpopulation

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Business owners in La Crosse are putting pigeons on the pill – sort of. Feeding stations atop downtown buildings include a contraceptive feed. It’s aimed at lowering reproduction in the birds that leave droppings on sidewalks, awnings and park benches. Wayne Oliver, a member of the Downtown Mainstreet Board, tells WXOW ( More >

Old National Bancorp’s merger will cost jobs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Old National Bancorp’s merger with Anchor Bancorp will cost scores of Madison employees their jobs. Indiana-based Old National Bancorp announced in January that it was acquiring Madison-based Anchor Bancorp through a stock and cash merger. The company sent a letter to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Wednesday warning that 138 More >

Some Assembly Republicans ask for funding for a public education campaign on Wisconsin’s voter ID law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of Assembly Republicans have asked the leaders of the Legislature’s budget committee to approve funding for a public education campaign on Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law. The Government Accountability Board has asked the Joint Finance Committee for $250,000 to re-start education efforts the board dropped in 2012 after a legal More >

“Saved by the Bell” star says time behind bars isn’t like “what you see on TV”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former “Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond says his time behind bars on disorderly conduct and concealed-weapon convictions isn’t like “what you see on TV.” Diamond says in an interview with Extra’s Mario Lopez that jail was “daunting” and “scary,” but he says “you can get in and out unscathed” if More >

Clark Co. woman charged with April crash that killed two young children

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Court records show a Neillsville mother driving the minivan that crashed and killed her two young daughters had previously been cited for failing to buckle the children in car seats. Twenty-three-year-old Aurelia Perez Amador is charged with two counts of neglecting a child resulting in death for the April 2 crash that More >

Zika Virus Finally Reaches Wisconsin

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin is among the last states to confirm a case of the Zika virus. That’s what state health officials said Wednesday, when they confirmed that a Wisconsin woman picked up the mosquito borne virus while on a recent trip to Honduras. State health officer Karen McKeown emphasizes that nobody has contracted the More >

Judge dismisses prospective jurors in civil case against a gun shop

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee County judge has dismissed prospective jurors in a civil case brought by two police officers against a gun shop. Judge John DiMotto told jurors that their dismissal Wednesday was due to issues beyond his control, but did not explain further. Questioning of a pool of 100 jurors began Monday. The potential More >

Winter School District Students have unique opportunity to visit with astronaut Jeff Williams

WINTER, Wis. (AP) — Students in the Winter School District will have a unique opportunity to visit with their hometown astronaut Jeff Williams who’s currently aboard the International Space Station. The school district’s technicians have been working with NASA for the last several weeks to coordinate an interactive uplink with Williams. That’s scheduled for 10:15 a.m. More >