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Complaint: Wisconsin woman allowed adult dogs to eat puppies

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Wisconsin woman allowed adult dogs to eat puppies and a horse carcass, and that her home had up to 2 feet of dog droppings on the floor. Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono charged 52-year-old Patty Kirker on Wednesday with 156 counts related to animal mistreatment about a More >

Senate majority leader: Canada doesn’t grasp urgency of milk crisis

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state lawmaker says Canadian officials don’t appear to have a sense of urgency about helping dozens of Wisconsin dairy farmers who face going out of business after a change in Canada’s domestic pricing policy evaporated demand for U.S. milk. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in a news release More >

Lawmakers resurrect woodchuck hunting bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are bringing back a bill that would establish a Wisconsin woodchuck hunting season. Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Tom Tiffany began circulating the bill for co-sponsors Thursday. The measure would remove woodchucks from the state’s protected species list and establish a hunting season for them from the beginning of More >

Nygren accuses fellow Republican of ‘bloviating’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee is accusing a fellow Republican of “bloviating” and issuing “meaningless press releases.” Republican Rep. John Nygren made the comments in a series of tweets Thursday in reaction to a press release Sen. Steve Nass issued earlier in the day. Nass criticized Nygren for saying More >

Legislative committees to vote on robot delivery bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Legislative committees are set to vote on a bill that would allow delivery robots to roll down Wisconsin’s sidewalks. The Assembly and Senate’s technology committees both plan to vote on the measure Wednesday. Approval would clear the way for floor votes in the full Assembly and Senate. The Republican proposal would More >

Health system in Wisconsin tapped for cancer trial

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Health care facilities in La Crosse and Onalaska are looking to recruit 6,000 women for a nationwide clinical trial being done to gauge whether blood tests can be developed to detect breast cancer early. California-based life sciences company GRAIL Inc. announced the trial Thursday, saying the project would involve 120,000 More >

Federal gun charges filed against Jakubowski

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed additional weapons charges against a Wisconsin man accused of stealing numerous firearms and sending a threating anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western of District of Wisconsin said Wednesday Joseph Jakubowski now faces charges for allegedly stealing 18 firearms and two More >

Medical examiner: Probable opioid overdose killed 4-year-old

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Another young child has died of a suspected opioid overdose in Milwaukee County. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner says the death of 4-year-old Tyranne Beckless last week is being investigated as a probable opioid overdose, the seventh child under five to die in a similar way in the last 19 months in More >

Groups want Wisconsin to end solitary confinement of youth

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin juvenile advocacy groups are asking a federal court to order the state to stop using solitary confinement at its youth correctional facilities. The ACLU of Wisconsin and the Juvenile Law Center filed the request Wednesday as part of a pending lawsuit alleging poor treatment of juveniles at the Lincoln Hills and More >

Trump voices support for Democrat Baldwin’s ‘American’ bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he agrees “100 percent” with a proposal from Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin that would increase requirements to use American-made products in certain construction projects. Baldwin said Wednesday she hopes Trump will pressure Republican congressional leaders to take action on the bill. Trump voiced support for the More >