State News

UW president vows to resign if he can’t shrink cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross says he’ll quit if he can’t convince legislators to reduce a $300 million cut that Gov. Scott Walker wants to impose on campuses. Cross told faculty and students at UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday that he’ll resign if he can’t win substantial reductions in the cut and More >

Fees paid by barbers, boxing judges and nurses unchanged

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Fees paid by everyone from nurses to boxing judges in Wisconsin will not change over the next two years. The Legislature’s budget committee on Wednesday voted to keep the licensing and regulation fee schedule the same over the next two years for more than 150 professions. Democrats proposed lowering the renewal fees for More >

Consultant issues report on self-insurance for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A consultant says it’s not feasible to move to a self-insurance model for Wisconsin state employees next year. The Wisconsin State Journal reports Wednesday (http://tiny.cc/8bh2vx ) that the consultant’s report found moving from a competitive HMO model to self-insurance could save the state $50 million to $70 million a year beginning in More >

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates spar at luncheon

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A judge running for a spot on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court is calling incumbent Justice Anne Walsh Bradley an activist. Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley told members of Madison’s Rotary Club during a Wednesday luncheon forum that Bradley, seen as a member of the court’s liberal-leaning minority, has put her personal agenda More >

Unemployment up in most Wisconsin cities, counties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Unemployment is up in most major Wisconsin cities and counties between January and February. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that preliminary unemployment rates increased in 20 of the 32 largest cities and in 52 of 72 counties. The department says it is not unusual to see an increase in More >

Authorities identify suspect in Wisconsin trooper’s killing

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have now identified the man suspected of killing a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper in Fond du Lac. The state Department of Justice names the suspect as Steven Timothy Snyder. It doesn’t give his age or hometown but says his family in Michigan has been notified. Authorities say Trooper Trevor Casper More >

State patrol IDs trooper killed in shootout with suspect

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper who died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect was a recent recruit who had just completed academy training in December. A bulletin from the state patrol to law enforcement agencies statewide identified the trooper in Tuesday night’s shootout as 21-year-old Trevor Casper. The patrol More >

Trooper, bank robbery suspect, motorist killed in Wisconsin

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper died in a shootout that also killed a bank robbery suspect who police believe fatally shot a motorist earlier in the day. The shootout erupted in Fond du Lac after the trooper followed the suspect’s vehicle about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The man was More >

Police chief commends panel for upholding officer’s firing

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn is praising a panel of police commissioners for upholding his firing of a white officer who fatally shot a black man in a downtown park last year. Flynn spoke at a news conference Tuesday, the day after the three-commissioner panel upheld his firing of Christopher Manney. Flynn fired More >

Girl, 17, sentenced for Wisconsin crash that killed 2 girls

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – A 17-year-old Wausau girl has been ordered to spend 30 days in juvenile detention for an SUV crash that killed two 12-year-old girls last summer. WAOW-TV (http://bit.ly/1CW8XAL ) reports the girl was found delinquent on two counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. The girl, then 16, was driving an SUV More >