State News

Police: Man arrested for assaults near UW-Oshkosh

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Oshkosh police have arrested one of two men who they say committed robberies and assaults near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus. Police said Monday a 19-year-old Oshkosh man was arrested Sunday after punching a victim. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, battery and illegally carrying a concealed weapon. He is in More >

Brief hail storm causes minor damage

PESHTIGO, Wis. (AP) – A fall storm pounded parts of northern Wisconsin with golf ball-sized hail. Peshtigo and Oconto Falls are among communities hit overnight. Residents tell WBAY-TV (http://bit.ly/1nMsH2w ) the hail was brief, about 5 to 10 minutes that some described as “roaring” sound. No major damage was reported. Some citizens said skylights in their More >

Veterans museum announces traveling program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is launching a new traveling exhibits program. The program, dubbed Marching Across the State, allows organizations such as universities and nonprofit groups to rent exhibits or show them for free. The program includes four exhibits, including exhibits on military mascots; non-combat roles for military personnel; charcoal sketches completed by More >

Obama kicks off campaign swing with Wisconsin stop

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is kicking off a weeklong, six-state campaign spree with a visit to Wisconsin. Obama will attend a rally at a Milwaukee high school Tuesday for Mary Burke. She’s the Democrat trying to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Defeating Walker, a potential 2016 presidential contender, would be a major coup for More >

Regents OK new UW Colleges and Extension head

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension have a new chancellor. The UW System Board of Regents on Monday approved the appointment of Cathy Sandeen. Sandeen currently is vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education, based in Washington, D.C. Sandeen permanently replaces Ray Cross, who left the More >

Wisconsin attorney general sues Corinthian

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is suing Corinthian Colleges, alleging the for-profit education company used deceptive marketing to enroll students in a now-closed Milwaukee school. According to the complaint, an investigation found Corinthian got students to enroll at Everest College in Milwaukee by allegedly misrepresenting the school’s job placement rates. The complaint More >

Happ out-raises Schimel over last 3 months

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New campaign finance reports show Democrat Susan Happ raised more money than Republican Brad Schimel over the last three months of the state attorney general race. The report show that Happ, Jefferson County’s district attorney, raised $640,881 between July 29 and Oct. 20. She spent $637,309 and had $135,403 on hand. She’s More >

GAB: 146K absentee votes cast so far

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin election officials say state voters have cast more than 146,000 absentee ballots so far. The Government Accountability Board released figures Monday that show 146,196 absentee ballots were cast through Friday. Of those, 90,452 were cast in local clerk’s offices and 55,717 were cast by mail. About 28,400 absentee ballots have not More >

Labor group sues to make Walker raise minimum wage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A labor group is suing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to force the state to raise the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour. The lawsuit comes after the state labor department rejected complaints from about 100 workers who say the minimum wage is too low. Wisconsin law says the minimum wage More >

Judge sentences woman to 25 years in kidnapping

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal judge has sentenced a Colorado woman who kidnapped her newborn nephew from a Wisconsin home and left him outside in freezing temperatures in Iowa to 25 years in prison. Kristen Smith faced anywhere from 25 years to life. U.S. District Judge James Peterson gave her the minimum 25 years on More >