State News

Man killed after setting off apartment explosion

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Police say a man in a small northwestern Wisconsin community was killed after he followed through on his threat to explode a bomb in his apartment building. Rice Lake police say 12 to 14 residents were evacuated before the explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed the one-story building Sunday night. More >

Green Bay police warn of kidnapping scam

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay police say local residents are being targeted by phone scammers who claim they’re holding a loved one for ransom. Police say they’ve been contacted by at least four residents in recent days who say they’ve been called by scammers trying to get money. In one case, police say More >

Ryan meets US police chiefs on ways to reduce officers’ deadly force

(Janesville, WI)  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan gets a briefing from six US police chiefs on new ways to reduce tense situations without officers using their weapons. Ryan held a listening session Monday at a hotel in his hometown of Janesville to learn more about a training program from the Police Executive Research Forum. Janesville More >

$1 million Powerball winning ticket will expire soon

(Madison, WI)  —  A one million dollar Powerball ticket from last summer has yet to be cashed in. And Wisconsin Lottery officials say it will expire if the winner doesn’t come forward by February second. The ticket was sold at Aberg Avenue Mobil in Madison for the August sixth Powerball drawing, and it matched all More >

Wisconsin Supreme Court will not hear Neenah teachers’ lawsuit

(Neenah, WI)  —  A lawsuit filed by Neenah Joint School District teachers over retirement benefits will not go before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Television station WBAY reports that the state’s high court released an order on January 12th that the petition for review has been denied. The lawsuit was filed in 2013, following the passage More >

Neighbors concerned about upside down flag display

(Lannon, WI)  —  People living in a neighborhood in the Village of Lannon say they understand First Amendment rights, but they’re still concerned about an American flag which has been displayed upside down outside a condominium.  People who live nearby say they think it’s a political statement protesting the incoming Trump administration.  The condo residents More >

US Rep. Pocan says he won’t attend Trump inauguration

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is joining those who say they will not attend Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Pocan made his announcement Sunday. The Wisconsin Democrat says he had initially planned to attend the inauguration, but changed his mind after reading the classified document on Russian hacking, seeing how Trump More >

Superior boat builder secures $6M contract for Texas project

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A custom boat building company in Superior has received a $6.2 million contract to build dozens of riverboats for a tourist attraction in Texas. The contract means more jobs for Superior as Fraser Shipyards’ Lake Assault Boats will build more than 40 riverboats this year for San Antonio’s River Walk, Wisconsin More >

Plan to pipe in drinking water from Lake Michigan draws

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Waukesha officials are facing opposition for their plan to pipe in drinking water from Lake Michigan. The Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative, a group of U.S. and Canadian mayors, has asked the Great Lakes Compact Council representing surrounding states for a rehearing on the council’s decision to approve the More >

Defendant in group home shooting ordered to stand trial

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man accused in a fatal shooting at a Madison group home has been ordered to stand trial. But, investigators say they still don’t know what motivated the man to kill 23-year-old Fatoumatta Jallow and wound one of her co-workers at the group home Dec. 21. The State Journal ( ) More >