State News

Gov. Scott Walker’s job approval numbers haven’t rebounded

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker’s approval rating hasn’t rebounded nearly two months after he dropped out of the presidential race. A Marquette University Law School poll showed Thursday that the Republican governor’s approval rating was at 38 percent, a 1-point rise from September, when the score hit its lowest point since Walker took office. More >

Signs point to another disappointing Wisconsin deer hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s gun deer season begins Saturday, but slow license sales and buck-only restrictions could translate to another down year. According to Department of Natural Resources data, 609,779 hunters bought licenses for the 2014 hunt, the fewest hunters since 1976. They killed 222,588 deer, the fewest kills since 1983. As of Tuesday, hunters had More >

Menominee Tribe sues federal authorities over hemp growing

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has sued the U.S. Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Agency over the right to grow industrial hemp — a crop related to marijuana — on reservation lands. Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw says the Menominee should have the same ability as states to cultivate hemp under the Agricultural More >

Woman pursued by police rescued from river

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — The driver of a car police attempted to pull over in Wausau was taken to the hospital and a passenger is in custody after the traffic stop turned into a river rescue. Wausau Police Lt. Nathan Pekarske says officers spotted a car headed the wrong way on a city street about 2 More >

No body cameras for Madison police

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police officers won’t be wearing body cameras in the near future. The City Council has decided against equipping the officers with the cameras. The vote follows the recommendation of a community committee which spent months exploring the issue. The committee instead recommended the city focus on a citizen-led effort to build More >

Man gets 18 years for role in Superior man’s fatal shooting

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a man’s fatal shooting during an attempted robbery in Superior. Kane Robinson was given the 18-year sentence and ordered to serve 10 years of extended supervision Tuesday in Douglas County Court. WDIO-TV ( ) reports that he More >

Man, 77, dies in Wisconsin house fire

TOWN OF GREENWOOD, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a 77-year-old man has died after a house fire in Taylor County. Deputies found the house engulfed in thick smoke when they arrived at the scene in the Town of Greenwood Tuesday. Deputies could hear a TV on and thought someone might be in the house, but dense More >

Milwaukee man dies in hit-and-run crash

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a 64-year-old man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver as he crossed a street. The crash happened around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday on Milwaukee’s south side. Police say the victim, who was from Milwaukee, was taken to a hospital, where he died. The van that struck him fled the scene More >

Plover’s anti-bullying ordinance targets parents

PLOVER, Wis. (AP) — Parents in Plover whose children repeatedly bully other kids may now find themselves faced with a $124 fine. The Plover Village Board this month approved an anti-bullying ordinance. The Stevens Point Journal ( ) reports the ordinance gives police the ability to notify parents in writing if their child is caught bullying More >

Johnson Controls to cut 277 jobs in consolidation

GLENDALE, Wis. (AP) — Johnson Controls Inc. plans to cut 277 jobs when it consolidates an office in Glendale with three other offices around the world. The company announced the number of accounting and finance jobs being cut in a letter Friday to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. According to the notice, 114 workers will lose More >