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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 >

Stepmother charged in toddler’s death in Oneida County

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — The stepmother of a 1-year-old boy is charged in Oneida County with reckless homicide in the child’s death. Twenty-eight-year-old Ellen Tran is being held on $50,000 cash bond in the death of Avery Edward. A criminal complaint says the toddler died of blunt force trauma to his head. The complaint says More >

Tribe asks judge to halt Ho-Chunk casino expansion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Native American tribe in northern Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday asking a judge to block another band from expanding a competing casino, arguing the project violates both tribes’ gambling compacts with the state. The Ho-Chunk Nation wants to add hundreds of slot machines, table games, a restaurant and a More >

Lawmaker Proposes Replacing Overcrowded Green Bay Prison

(Allouez, WI) ¬†— ¬†Assembly Republican David Steffen plans to introduce a bill Wednesday to replace the state’s 119-year-old prison at Green Bay with a new facility in the area. With almost eleven-hundred inmates, Steffen says the maximum security lockup in Allouez is 143 percent above its capacity, and the prison’s problems are not going away. More >

Oshkosh Corp. secures $258M Army order for trucks, trailers

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Oshkosh Corp. has secured $258 million in orders to rebuild trucks and manufacture trailers for the Army. Oshkosh will rebuild 670 heavy tactical vehicles. The Army says it saves about 25 percent when a truck is rebuilt rather than completely replaced. It refurbishes trucks with bullet holes, bent frames and mangled More >