State News

Senate leader promises vote on Bucks arena plan next week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate’s Republican leader says he plans to vote on a bill to fund a new Milwaukee Bucks arena next week. The deal lays out a $500 million financing plan for the arena that includes $250 million from taxpayers. Financing for the new arena was originally part of the state More >

Wisconsin Assembly to take up budget first next week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the state Assembly plan to vote on the state budget next week along with a bill that would repeal prevailing wage requirements for local governments. Republicans who control the Assembly and Senate announced Wednesday they’ve reached a road-funding plan that will allow the Legislature’s finance committee to sign More >

Legislative leaders announce transportation plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers have a plan to fund road work, clearing the way for the Legislature’s finance committee to finish up the state budget. Work on the budget has been at a standstill for more than a month, partly because legislators were struggling to find a way to reduce Gov. Scott Walker’s More >

Walker aide sues prosecutor who conducted John Doe probe

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An aide to Gov. Scott Walker who was caught up in a secret investigation into illegal campaigning is suing the prosecutor who conducted the probe, saying he and others infringed on her civil rights by raiding her home and seizing her personal emails. Law enforcement officials raided the Madison home of Cindy More >

Police investigate death of 3-month-old in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say officers are investigating the death of a 3-month-old child. First responders were called to a Milwaukee home Tuesday about 3 p.m. where the infant was pronounced dead. Authorities say the baby’s death doesn’t appear to be the result of co-sleeping.  

Transit drivers walk off the job in Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tens of thousands of people who use the Milwaukee County Transit System to reach their destinations will have to make alternative plans. Some 750 union bus drivers, plus mechanics, are on strike after failing to reach a labor contract agreement with transit officials. The county buses deliver 150,000 passenger rides each day. More >

Milwaukee woman gets 15 years in older sister’s death

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 51-year-old Milwaukee woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing her older sister during an argument in December. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports a jury convicted Marcia Render of second-degree reckless homicide in May for the Dec. 9 death of 52-year-old Sheri Head. Render was sentenced More >

Police officer cleared in shooting man holding knife to wife

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A prosecutor says a Milwaukee police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man holding a knife to the neck of his estranged wife in March. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm made his determination after reviewing a case report by the Wisconsin Division of More >

Republicans reach deal to end budget impasse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders have reached a deal on a new state budget that removes the Milwaukee Bucks and prevailing wage changes to be taken up later as separate bills. Joint Finance Committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that the deal also includes agreement on how to More >

DNR to do full environmental study on proposed hog megafarm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources says it will require a full environmental impact study of a proposed hog “megafarm” in northern Wisconsin. The agency made the announcement Tuesday. The operation would house about 7,500 sows, 18,750 pigs and 100 boars in three barns in Bayfield County. Environmentalists are concerned that the More >