State News

Republican Senate candidate Nicholson raises $400,000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson says he raised more than $400,000 in just over two months since he get into the race. Nicholson announced the fundraising totals Tuesday. They cover the period since he joined the race on July 26 through the end of September. His Republican challenger, state Sen. More >

Girls can enroll at St. John’s for the 1st time in 129 years

DELAFIELD, Wis. (AP) — When St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy opens its next summer session, it will have something absent from the school for nearly 130 years – female cadets. Currently 218 boys in grades 7 to 12 are enrolled at the Delafield school. The academy’s board of trustees said it considered societal and cultural More >

Gov. Scott Walker’s son joining Leah Vukmir’s Senate campaign

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s son is joining the Senate campaign of Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir. Vukmir’s campaign confirmed Tuesday that Alex Walker will be working as deputy political director. Vukmir and former U.S. Marine Kevin Nicholson are the two announced Republican candidates for U.S. Senate and have been fighting over securing More >

Wisconsin vets leader says aggressive steps planned at King

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Secretary Dan Zimmerman attempted to assure concerned state lawmakers at a Tuesday hearing that the department is working aggressively to deal with nursing shortages and worker dissatisfaction at the King veterans home. The Legislature’s Audit Committee hearing turned testy at times as both Republicans and Democrats quizzed Zimmerman More >

Flight diverted from Appleton due to medical emergency

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A United Express flight from Appleton to Chicago has been diverted to Milwaukee because of a medical emergency. Emergency crews rushed to the plane after it landed at Mitchell International Airport around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday. Airport officials tell WISN -TV a male passenger suffered a medical emergency on the flight and had to be More >

Committee to Hold Hearing on Hemp Farming Bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A legislative committee is set to consider a bill that would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp in Wisconsin. The Senate agriculture committee was scheduled to hold a public hearing on the Republican measure Tuesday morning. The bill would require anyone who wants to grow hemp to get a state license. More >

Jury rejects battered-woman defense in West Allis homicide

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A jury has rejected a woman’s defense that she suffered from battered-woman syndrome when she killed her longtime boyfriend in the couple’s West Allis home last year. Jurors on Monday found 29-year-old Brittany Baier guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 27-year-old Terrance Tucker on Dec. 20. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports More >

Two men found dead in Potawatomi Hotel

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office says two men have been found dead in a room at the Potawatomi Hotel. The men were found Monday morning at the casino’s hotel in Milwaukee. The medical examiner’s office says they may have died of drug overdoses. Autopsies are scheduled Tuesday. No other details were More >

Former US Rep. Jerry Kleczka of Wisconsin dies at 73

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jerry Kleczka, a liberal Democrat who represented a Wisconsin district that included his hometown of Milwaukee for 20 years, has died. He was 73. Kleczka died Sunday in the Madison area of natural causes, according to his nephew, Jeff Kleczka. A factory worker’s son, Kleczka represented Wisconsin’s 4th District More >

Hearing set for Wisconsin bill targeting immigrants

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A proposal targeting sanctuary cities in Wisconsin offering protections for immigrants living in the country illegally is up for a public hearing in the Legislature. The bill introduced by Republican Sen. Steve Nass is scheduled for a hearing Thursday before the Senate’s Labor and Regulatory Reform Committee. A similar effort died More >