State News

Milwaukee courthouse fire damages total $19.1M

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee County officials say the final cost of a July 2013 electrical fire at the county courthouse is $19.1 million. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://tinyurl.com/luqtd7s ) the county’s director of administrative services said Thursday there has been a final settlement of insurance claims. He says all but $1 million of the $19.1 More >

WWII vet finally awarded Purple Heart

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – It was an award that was 70 years overdue for a World War II veteran from the Fox Valley. Air Force Staff Sgt. Fred Zurbuchen was awarded a Purple Heart medal in a surprise ceremony at the Experimental Aircraft Association museum in Oshkosh. His family had gathered for the presentation Thursday More >

Fire burns at vacant community center

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Firefighters are battling a blaze at a community center on Milwaukee’s south side. Officials say the former Lao Family Community Center is currently vacant. Officials say the fire Friday morning started on the second floor of the building and spread to the roof. No injuries have been reported.

Sentencing set in deadly Purdue campus attack

AFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – The lawyer for an Indiana man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing and shooting a fellow Purdue University student is expected to try to convince a judge that his client is mentally ill. The sentencing hearing for 24-year-old Cody Cousins of Warsaw is set for Friday afternoon in Lafayette. Cousins pleaded guilty More >

Corn growers urge driver caution during harvest

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Corn growers are warning drivers to watch out for farm machinery as the harvest season approaches. The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association says motorists can expect to see more farm equipment on the roads in the coming weeks as the harvest beings. The association says most farm machinery tops out at 25 mph, More >

Police search Wisconsin fraternity after party

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Police are investigating a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fraternity where they say members may have slipped date-rape drugs into partygoers’ drinks. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://tinyurl.com/mahbjkn ) university police executed a search warrant this week at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house while investigating a party held on Sept. 12. Police say several More >

Bear captured after roaming Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Crews have safely removed a black bear seen roaming a Green Bay neighborhood. Police say the bear was spotted around 6 a.m. Thursday. Jeff Pritzl, district wildlife supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources, says the bear was “just following his nose” but was getting too close to some restaurants. Police corralled More >

Hearing set on request to change Wisconsin ballot

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A court hearing has been set for next week in the lawsuit filed by Republican legislative leaders seeking to force a change in the model ballot for the November election. Meanwhile, the state elections board is telling local clerks to move forward with sending out absentee ballots while the lawsuit is pending. The More >

Attorney general candidates agree to debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin attorney general hopefuls Brad Schimel and Susan Happ have agreed to a debate next month. Schimel, a Republican, and Happ, a Democrat, said Thursday they’ve agreed to a debate sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in Madison on Oct. 24. Schimel, who serves as Waukesha More >

Walker, Burke tied in latest poll

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The race for Wisconsin governor couldn’t be any closer with just seven weeks to go. The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke tied among registered voters. Walker and Burke both had 46 percent support. The poll’s margin of error was 3.5 percentage More >