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Northern Wisconsin legislator wants to lift state’s mining moratorium

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin legislator who authored changes relaxing Wisconsin’s iron mining regulations now wants to lift the state’s mining moratorium. Gov. Tommy Thompson signed the moratorium into law in 1998. It requires companies to prove a sulfide mine has operated for a decade without polluting groundwater and surface water with acid More >

Health care advocacy group demands more money for opioid prevention

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A health care advocacy group wants Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers to devote more money into a program to screen high school students for drug abuse. Walker has called a special legislative session to pass 11 bills to curb opioid abuse. One would allocate $200,000 more to the Screening, Brief More >

Man accused of hiding body of woman who overdosed

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Kenosha man is charged with hiding the body of a woman who died of a heroin overdose. And investigators suspect the medical transport driver may have been using his job to lure women with drug problems to his home for sex. A criminal complaint charges Thomas Rutchik, 62, with hiding More >

5 arrested in school threats in Oshkosh, Fond du Lac

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Five people have been arrested in unrelated school threats in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. Authorities say an 18-year-old man and two boys, ages 17 and 15, were arrested for threats that shut down Oshkosh’s two public high schools Thursday. The schools have reopened. Police say those threats were made in More >

Wisconsin superintendent candidate calls for creation of state board

(Madison, WI)  —  A candidate for Wisconsin state superintendent wants to create a statewide school board. John Humphries Thursday called for the creation of an Education Accountability Board, or a statewide school board. The state superintendent position runs the state Department of Public Education without oversight of a board. Humphries is challenging incumbent state superintendent More >

Trial set for ex-Milwaukee officer charged in fatal shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former Milwaukee police officer will go on trial for the shooting death of a black man, attorneys told a judge Thursday, an indication that there’s no plea deal in the works. Former officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown has pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony reckless homicide in the August death of More >

Federal official: Walker’s drug tests for food stamps illegal

(Washington, DC)  —  The federal official who runs the food stamp program says it’s illegal to make recipients pass drug tests to get the benefits, as Governor Scott Walker wants to require in Wisconsin. Kevin Concannon, an undersecretary in the USDA, says Walker’s office made the request to his department, and it consulted with agency More >

State judges are asked to pull out of campaign donors’ cases

(Madison, WI) — Fifty-four retired Wisconsin judges want the State Supreme Court to make current judges withdraw from cases that involve their campaign donors. In 2010, the Supreme Court told judges on all levels that a litigant’s campaign spending is not enough to make a judge withdraw. Now, the retired judicial group has filed a More >

Fond Du Lac High School, police deal with threat

(Fond du Lac, WI)  —  Students and others will see a bigger police presence at Fond du Lac High School, where a staff member found a note in a hallway which threatened an incident for Thursday. Police and school administrators say they do not believe the threat is credible, after they investigated it. But Principal More >

Wisconsin lottery winner sentenced for stalking teen girl

(Marinette, WI)  —  A Wisconsin man who became an instant millionaire with a winning lottery ticket has been sentenced for stalking and other charges related to his obsession with a teenage girl who rejected his advances. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that 50-year-old Douglas P. Miron was sentenced on Tuesday to one year in jail More >