State News

Gov. Walker asks Congress to renew children’s insurance program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is calling on Congress to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program which sends $115 million in federal payments to Wisconsin. Walker on Tuesday sent House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a letter urging renewal of the program that faces an uncertain future in Congress. More >

AG defends holding off suing drug makers over opioids

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel is defending his decision to hold off on suing drug companies over the country’s opioid overdose epidemic. Nearly 50 Wisconsin counties have filed a federal lawsuit alleging pharmaceutical companies precipitated the opioid problem by using deceptive marketing campaigns to sell prescription painkillers. Schimel has promised opioids More >

State Medicaid director Michael Heifetz resigning

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Michael Heifetz is resigning as Wisconsin Medicaid director after 14 months on the job to work in the private sector. The state Department of Health Services announced Heifetz’s resignation on Tuesday. His last day will be Dec. 13. Heifetz previously worked as state budget director for three years under Gov. Scott More >

Documents Give Details on Harassment Complaint Against Coggs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin taxpayers spent $75,000 to resolve a sexual harassment and racial discrimination complaint against Milwaukee Treasurer Spencer Coggs that was lodged by a woman who worked for Coggs when he was a state senator, settlement documents show. According to the documents, which were obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , More >

Milwaukee alderman: Armed sewer subcontractors won’t be tolerated

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee alderman says a sewer subcontracting company doing business with the city has been asked to explain why three of its workers were apparently armed with handguns while working on the north side. A photo of the three American Sewer Services employees got some traction on social media causing it to More >

Trial set to begin for West Salem man charged in wife’s death

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A trial has begun in western Wisconsin for a man accused of fatally beating his wife and trying to conceal her death by staging a car accident. Todd Kendhammer is charged with intentional homicide in the September 2016 death of his wife, Barbara, the La Crosse Tribune reported . The couple had More >

Assembly Democrats weigh punishment for Rep. Josh Zepnick

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Democrats weighed potential punishments for Rep. Josh Zepnick Monday after two women accused him of sexual misconduct, prompting legislative leaders to demand his resignation. Meanwhile, legislative clerks under pressure to release details of sexual harassment complaints released some information, saying the Senate and Assembly had received two complaints each over More >

Walker moving ahead with plan to drug test food stamp users

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker moved ahead Monday with his plans to make Wisconsin the first state to drug test able-bodied adults applying for food stamps, a move blocked by the federal government or found to be unconstitutional when other states have tried. Wisconsin’s plan was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature more than More >

Authorities investigate death at Wisconsin logging site

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a death at a logging site in central Wisconsin. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says it received a 911 call of a possible death at a logging site in the Rock Dam area on Friday afternoon. Investigators say a logging employee had died near logging equipment. The coroner More >

Another wrong-way fatal crash in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police say another wrong-way driver has caused a fatal traffic crash in Milwaukee. It happened on the city’s south side Sunday. A driver traveling at a high rate of speed smashed into another car killing a 27-year-old male passenger in the other vehicle and seriously injuring the 37-year-old man driving. The passenger More >