State News

House fire where 1 found dead investigated as homicide

PRINCETON, Wis. (AP) — Princeton police say they are investigating the death of a person found in a house fire as a homicide. Police say on Saturday that crews found a body while investigating a Monday house fire. The Green Lake County Coroner’s Office has not released the person’s name or cause of death, but More >

Green Bay Packers Foundation readies to give funds to groups

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers Foundation will focus on programs and projects that deal with hunger, homelessness, seniors and other human services areas when it makes hundreds of thousands in charitable contributions this year. The foundation awarded $800,000 in grants to 316 civic and charitable groups across Wisconsin last year, the More >

Drugs suspect dead after encounter with police

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A drug suspect is dead after an encounter with police and federal agents in Milwaukee. Authorities say officers from Milwaukee and West Allis and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration were conducting an investigation Thursday evening, attempted to arrest a suspect and saw that he was armed. Police say shots were fired, More >

UW-La Crosse dispatcher fired over Trump offered job back

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse police dispatcher who says she was fired for supporting President Donald Trump’s travel ban can return to work. Chancellor Joe Gow says UW System attorneys said Kimberly Dearman should be rehired because she didn’t get a hearing. Dearman was fired Monday following a complaint she More >

6 public hearings set on Wisconsin state budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Six public hearings have been scheduled across Wisconsin on Gov. Scott Walker’s state budget proposal. The first hearing will be April 3 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. That will be followed by one on April 5 at State Fair Park outside of Milwaukee and April 7 at Berlin High School. The More >

Wisconsin Democrats propose gun restrictions for buses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from the Madison area are circulating a bill that would give state and local governments the authority to prohibit weapons on public transit. Its unveiling Thursday comes even though Republican leaders overseeing record majorities have already said they have no interest in such legislation. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled More >

Wisconsin transportation secretary divides Senate panel

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state Senate committee is divided about whether to support Gov. Scott Walker’s pick to head the state Department of Transportation. The Republican-controlled Senate Transportation and Veterans Affairs Committee voted 3-2 along party lines Thursday to approve the confirmation of Dave Ross. The full Senate will vote on confirming Ross in More >

Judge dismisses group’s lawsuit against John Doe officials

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against investigators and former state officials involved in a now-halted secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign. The Wisconsin State Journal reports Thursday (http://tiny.cc/wsmvjy ) that U.S. District Judge William Conley tossed the lawsuit by the conservative group the John K. MacIver More >

Ron Johnson cool to Paul Ryan-Donald Trump health care plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says the Republican health care proposal back by President Donald Trump doesn’t do enough to curtail eligibility for Medicaid or to reduce health care premiums. Johnson is among Republicans lukewarm to the overhaul of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. In an interview on WNYC with More >

Cullen creates gubernatorial fundraising committee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Democratic state Sen. Tim Cullen is taking another step toward running for governor. Cullen on Wednesday filed paperwork to create a campaign committee, a move that allows him to begin raising money for the effort. Cullen says he’ll make a formal announcement on his candidacy at the end of April. More >