State News

Wisconsin Republican withdrawing as a delegate to the national convention

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin Republican says he’s withdrawing as a delegate to the national convention because of an emergency that forced him to use up vacation time. Julian Bradley said Wednesday it was a “no brainer” for him to attend to the emergency that required out-of-state travel following the July 4 weekend. Bradley says More >

Democrat Cullen Says Walker Should Have Visited Lincoln Hills

(Madison, WI)  —  A former state Senate Democrat who’s considering a run for governor in 2018 says Republican Scott Walker should have done more to respond to the problems at Lincoln Hills. Tim Cullen says Walker should have been at the state boys’ correctional institution right after he learned about numerous allegations of abuse and More >

Court Hearing Delayed In Former City Administrator’s Sex Case

(Waukesha, WI)  —  A plea deal appears to be in the works for a former West Bend city administrator accused of trying to entice a teenage girl for sex. A court hearing that was scheduled Tuesday for former West Bend administrator Thomas Justice has been delayed until August 12th. His lawyer says she’s negotiating with More >

Committee working to help Democrats win Assembly seats raised about $710,500

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A committee working to help Democrats win state Assembly seats says it raised about $710,500 over the last 18 months. The Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee issued a news release Tuesday saying it raised $710,458 between Jan. 1, 2015, and June 30. The committee had $340,371 on hand at the end of last More >

Committee extends emergency rules allowing captive deer farmers to opt out of chronic wasting disease monitoring program for two months

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A legislative committee has extended emergency rules allowing captive deer farmers to opt out of the state’s chronic wasting disease monitoring program without upgrading their fences. Generally, deer farms must enroll in the monitoring program to get Department of Natural Resources’ approval for a single fence. If farms don’t participate in the More >

Gov. Scott Walker scheduled to speak at conservative summit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled to speak at a conservative summit in Florida over Labor Day weekend. Americans for Prosperity Florida has added Walker as a speaker at its Defending the American Dream summit in Orlando. It’s scheduled for Sept. 2 and Sept. 3. Others scheduled to speak include former Republican presidential candidate More >

Environmental law unit shrinks some more under Brad Schimel

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Justice Department has shrunk staffing levels in its environmental protection unit to the lowest level in 25 years. The Wisconsin State Journal reports ( the unit had six attorneys last year compared to 10 as recently as 2008. A DOJ spokesman says he couldn’t explain the trend, although he mentioned More >

Gov. Scott Walker and members of his cabinet traveling western Wisconsin counties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker and members of his cabinet are planning to make more than 100 stops in 10 western Wisconsin counties. Walker and more than 35 officials from his administration began the swing on Monday night and were continuing all day on Tuesday. The stops include listening sessions in Altoona, Cornell and Fountain More >

Three In Custody, Probe Continues In Sheboygan Murder

(Sheboygan, WI)  —  Sheboygan Police continue to investigate a murder, after they took three suspects into custody for questioning. 30-year-old Candace DeBlaey was apprehended late Monday morning in Milwaukee and about two hours later, West Allis Police and US Marshals brought in 27-year-old Patrick Evans and 22-year-old Donovan Cotter. Police say all three were part More >

Racine Man Charged For Declaring “War” On Police

(Racine, WI)  —  A Racine man is accused of declaring “war” on police soon after last week’s shooting spree against Dallas officers. Forty-three-year-old Byron Cowan was jailed on a $75,000 bond, after he appeared in court Monday of felony counts of terrorist threats and threatening law enforcement, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. According to prosecutors, a More >