State News

Iowa woman dies in accidental fire escape fall

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say the woman whose body was found in an alley in downtown La Crosse died when she fell from a building’s third-floor fire escape. Investigators say 32-year-old Robin Krabill, of Waverly, Iowa, was apparently drinking before she climbed the fire escape. Officials say her death is accidental. Her body More >

Accused high school coach on the run

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison high school coach accused of sexually assaulting a minor is on the run. Police say the 43-year-old man fled from officers Tuesday. The Madison Metropolitan School District says the coach has been suspended from the city’s recreation program while police investigate. WKOW-TV says the suspect was also a part-time More >

DNR reminds hunters electronic registration begins this fall

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials are reminding deer and bear hunters that electronic registration will be the rule statewide starting this fall. The Department of Natural Resources implemented a limited electronic registration pilot program last year. This year all hunters across the state will have to register their kills through or call More >

Fire burns tank at Superior refinery

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say an explosion and fire at a Superior oil refinery poses no danger to the public. Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger says the explosion happened in an empty asphalt tank at the Calumet Oil Refinery just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the fire was contained to that tank. The fire More >

Robbery suspect arrested after fatal Milwaukee crash

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a suspect is under arrest after fleeing an armed robbery and crashing into another car, killing the 54-year-old driver. The robbery was reported about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in a U.S. Bank parking lot. Police say the suspect fled in a car that crashed into another car driven by a More >

Seventh bird flu case detected in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A seventh case of the deadly bird flu virus has been detected in Wisconsin. The latest case as reported Tuesday by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is in a 108,000 turkey flock in Barron County. That is the third reported case in Barron County. All seven cases More >

Walker urges hospitals to hire people with disabilities

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is encouraging Wisconsin’s hospitals to hire veterans as well as people with disabilities. Walker made the pitch Tuesday during a speech to more than 1,000 people at the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Advocacy Day event in Madison. Walker says as the state’s unemployment rate drops, it becomes harder to More >

Lawmakers want Walker to veto ride-hailing bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are asking Gov. Scott Walker to veto a bill that opponents argue doesn’t do enough to regulate ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. The veto request Tuesday comes after two Madison women reported incidents of unwanted sexual contact over the weekend by Uber drivers. Eleven Dane County Democrats are More >

Fired Milwaukee police officer has 10 days to file appeal

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer who was fired for improper procedure in the lead-up to a fatal shooting has 10 days to file an appeal in circuit court to try to get his job back. Chief Edward Flynn fired Christopher Manney for inappropriately frisking the mentally ill Dontre Hamilton in a downtown park More >

Lawmaker aims to increase state minimum wage to $15 an hour

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin lawmaker says she wants to double the state’s minimum wage, calling the matter a civil rights issue. At a Tuesday press conference at the Capitol, Rep. Melissa Sargent, a Madison Democrat, introduced a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The current minimum wage is More >