State News

Man, 18, charged in fatal shooting of teen in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — An 18-year-old man has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy in La Crosse. Deshawn Randall of La Crosse was charged Thursday in the Aug. 21 death of George Miller. According to a criminal complaint, Randall shot Miller during an argument as Miller More >

Authorities identify man killed in crop-dusting plane crash

HANCOCK, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a pilot who was killed when a crop-dusting plane crashed in Hancock in central Wisconsin. The Waushara County Sheriff’s Office identified the pilot Thursday as 38-year-old Robert Dopp of Beldenville. Waushara County Sheriff Jeff Nett has said the plane crashed Wednesday while spraying on a More >

American Family doubles spending at UW-Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — American Family Insurance is doubling its spending on advertising and donations at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Alongside university officials, the insurance company announced Thursday that it is pledging $4 million annually over the next 10 years. The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1hj2eah ) that most of the money — about More >

2 bodies found after vehicle crash, fire at tire shop

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Two people have been found dead inside a vehicle that apparently crashed into a Green Bay tire shop, which was destroyed by fire. Green Bay police say the fire happened about 2 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters arrived to find Hernandez Auto and Tire engulfed in flames. After putting out the fire, More >

Boy accused of shooting woman was dating her daughter

SARATOGA, Wis. (AP) — Search warrants filed in Wood County show the teenager accused of fatally shooting a woman had been dating the victim’s daughter who ended a relationship with the boy the day her mother was killed. Gannett Central Wisconsin Media (http://wrtnews.co/1hIc8TK ) reports the warrants describe the events that led to the death More >

New tactical vehicle contract big boost for Wisconsin city

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Leaders in Oshkosh say a lucrative military contract will have a ripple effect across Wisconsin. Oshkosh Northwestern Media (http://oshko.sh/1KkQBeF) reports executives with Oshkosh Corp. along with state and local officials Wednesday hailed a $6.7 billion Army contract awarded to build the Humvee’s replacement. The award means Wisconsin-based Oshkosh will produce about More >

Walker administration assigns armed guards to DOJ offices

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s administration plans to post armed security guards at the entrances to the state Department of Justice’s Madison headquarters. The guards will go on duty beginning Sept. 1. A guard has been stationed at a desk at the main lobby entrance but doesn’t carry a weapon. State Department of More >

Report: State tax collections exceeded projections

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report shows the state collected about $71 million more in taxes during the last fiscal year than anticipated. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released figures Wednesday showing the state took in about $14.54 billion during the year that ended June 30. The final estimate for 2014-15 collections in January projected More >

Interest in drones soars at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

TOWN OF SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — The use of drones in the agriculture industry is attracting plenty of attention at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. Just about every type and brand of farm machinery is showcased at the 70-acre site in the town of Sun Prairie. But the two drone exhibitors drew some of the More >

Minority bar owners drop racketeering claims against Racine

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Minority bar owners have withdrawn racketeering and corruption claims in a federal lawsuit against the City of Racine and its officials. Civil rights claims remain against nine defendants, including the mayor, the police chief and other city leaders. Seven plaintiffs claim the defendants engaged in an elaborate plot to drive minority More >