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Judge throws out industrial well permits scientists said would harm public waters

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Dane County judge has tossed out eight high-capacity well permits Wisconsin had granted to businesses, citing the constitutional protection of the state’s waterways. Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn issued a decision Wednesday in a case brought by the conservation group Clean Wisconsin. The case said the Department of Natural Resources issued More >

Baldwin raises $2.4 million in 3 weeks for Senate race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has raised $2.4 million over the past three months, setting a torrid pace for fundraising in what promises to be an expensive and hotly contested race. Baldwin said Thursday that she collected $2.4 million for the three-month period covering July through September. Her two Republican challengers More >

Judge: Man unfit for trial in shooting of Amtrak conductor

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A retired federal law enforcement officer from Wisconsin has been found mentally unfit to stand trial for the May shooting of an Amtrak conductor. Edward Klein is charged with attempted first-degree murder and several weapons charges in the shooting of conductor Michael Case. According to DuPage County prosecutors, the 79-year-old Klein More >

Home of ex-head of Democratic Party searched after overdose

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have searched the home of the former head of the Wisconsin Democratic Party after a woman died from a drug overdose. A search warrant filed this week says 42-year-old Jason Sidener of Fitchburg told police he woke up Sept. 12 to find a 30-year-old woman “breathing really weird.” He took More >

Wisconsin’s administration says changes made at youth prison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s administration told a federal court it has made progress in meeting a judge’s order to make broad changes in Wisconsin’s youth prisons, but it was impossible to immediately comply because of “significant unrest” at the facilities. U.S. District Judge James Peterson ordered the state Department of Corrections in More >

Nygren’s daughter jailed in drug death

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Sheriff’s deputies in Green Bay plan to say more Thursday about the arrest of a state lawmaker’s daughter for a recent drug death. Republican Assembly finance cochair John Nygren of Marinette cited his daughter Cassandra’s previous heroin problems in convincing lawmakers to approve close to two dozen bills in recent years More >

UW Confirms Plan To Merge Two Year, Four Year Schools

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System’s two-year schools would merge with its four-year campuses under a plan system President Ray Cross announced Wednesday in hopes of boosting flagging enrollment. The plan calls for making the system’s 13 two-year schools open regional branches of the 13 four-year schools. Students would still be able More >

Reich Brothers buying former Oscar Mayer property

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A company that buys shuttered plants and sells their assets has plans to acquire the former Oscar Mayer headquarters in Madison. Reich Brothers Holdings expects to close on the deal at the end of October. CEO Adam Reich tells the Wisconsin State Journal the company hopes to bring manufacturing back to the plant More >

DA Clears Deputy Who Fatally Shot Man in Kewaunee County

TOWN OF FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) — A prosecutor has cleared a sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a man in Kewaunee County this summer. District Attorney Andrew Naze said Tuesday that Deputy Jamie Tlachac was justified in shooting 22-year-old Tyler Whitmire on Aug. 21 in the Town of Franklin. Naze says deputies were called to a More >

Gov. Walker narrows list to replace Sheriff Clarke to 5 candidates

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is considering five finalists for Milwaukee County sheriff after David Clarke left to work for a political action committee that supports President Donald Trump. The governor’s office on Tuesday released the names of the finalists selected by a panel of law enforcement officials. The finalists include Earnell Lucas, a More >