State News

County councils to release deer recommendations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s newly created county deer councils are set to release their first recommendations on local herd sizes next month. Forming the councils was a key part of recommendations Texas researcher James Kroll came up with in 2012 to help the Department of Natural Resources improve deer management. The councils are scheduled More >

Judge reviews mental state of stabbing suspect, 12

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Wisconsin judge is deciding whether one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally fit to stand trial. The girl’s public defender says she isn’t, and notes a psychologist who examined the girl questions whether she’d be able to help with her More >

Asian carp DNA found in Green Bay’s Fox River

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials say Asian carp DNA has been found in the Fox River in downtown Green Bay. The state Department of Natural Resources says a single positive sample for silver carp was identified from 200 samples taken this summer in the Fox, a tributary of Lake Michigan. The discovery by the More >

Assembly GOP unveils legislative priorities

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Assembly Republicans are outlining their priorities for the next legislative session, saying they plan to focus on regulatory reform, combatting public assistance fraud and finding new ways to pay for the state’s roads. They promised during a news conference Tuesday to continue reviewing administrative code with an eye toward cutting red tape; More >

20 flu-related hospitalizations so far in October

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State health officials say the flu season is off to a strong start in Wisconsin. State epidemiologist Thomas Haupt says influenza hospitalizations have been unexpectedly on the rise in October. Twenty people have been hospitalized in the past three weeks. Haupt tells WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1wo5JOD ) one or two hospitalizations are common More >

Police: Wisconsin man gropes 3 at haunted house

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have charged a Wisconsin man who they say groped patrons inside a Mount Pleasant haunted house. Daniel Rosmann of Kenosha is charged with three fourth-degree sexual assault charges, as well as disorderly conduct and lewd and lascivious behavior. Police say three people reported that the 51-year-old inappropriately touched them Sunday More >

Wisconsin officials consider bat protection plan

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin officials and timber industry representatives are trying to determine how to save the dwindling northern long-eared bat population while limiting the economic impact of preservation efforts. Press-Gazette Media reports (http://gbpg.net/1s255lI ) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed protections for the bats, including adding it to the endangered species More >

Burke: Former Pres. Clinton will campaign in Wis.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Mary Burke’s campaign says former President Bill Clinton will be in Milwaukee Friday to rally support in her bid for governor. The former president’s visit is the latest in a growing list of those by high-profile Democrats in the race for Wisconsin governor. First lady Michelle Obama has campaigned twice in Wisconsin More >

Home sales hold steady in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin’s housing prices climbed slightly in September as the level of home sales remained about the same compared to a year ago. The latest figures from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show housing prices rose about 3 percent. The median price of a home rose from about $144,000 to nearly $149,000. Association president More >

Wisconsin DNR urges leaf composting, mulching

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources is urging homeowners to compost or mulch fallen leaves to keep them out of landfills and reduce burning piles. DNR officials say composting means more room and landfill and less chance of errant sparks from burning piles starting wildfires. Fewer burning piles also helps maintain air More >