State News

UW President Wants More Industry Partnerships

(Madison, WI)  —  University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross is making a new pitch to build partnerships with the state’s top industries. Cross says Wisconsinites and their political leaders do not have a strong understanding of what higher education can add to the state’s economy, with things like research and valuable intellectual property that can More >

Marshfield Seeks Water Rate Hike To Replace Aging Pipes

(Marshfield, WI)  —  A central Wisconsin city might become the first in the state to raise water rates to replace aging water pipes in the future. The Marshfield Common Council voted Tuesday night to let the city’s water utility ask state regulators for the okay to raise water rates an average of three dollars per More >

Shawano-Menominee County Health Department investigating an outbreak of shigella

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) — The Shawano-Menominee County Health Department is investigating an outbreak of an infectious disease called shigella. The disease carries flu-like symptoms and has been connected to several day care centers in Shawano and Hillcrest Primary School. Health officer Jaime Bodden says shigella is very contagious and those who become ill should stay home to More >

West Allis pair confess to kidnapping and killing pregnant women

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two West Allis residents in the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman whose body was found in South Dakota. Thirty-four-year-old Tiffany Simmons and 44-year-old Shanta Pearson were charged Tuesday in Milwaukee County. According to the complaint, Simmons and Pearson were giving Tess White a ride when she and Simmons began to More >

Jurors will try again to reach a verdict in the trial of a man accused of killing an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman in 1990

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Jurors will try again to reach a verdict after telling the judge they were deadlocked in the trial of a man accused of killing an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman in 1990. Sixty-two-year-old Dennis Brantner is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Berit Beck. Jurors sent a message to the More >

State taxpayers will pay $75,000 in a settlement to a radio show host

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State taxpayers will pay $75,000 in a settlement to a radio show host and his attorney after the host was arrested three years ago at the state Capitol. Attorney Jeff Scott Olson announced the settlement Tuesday on the “Devil’s Advocate Radio Show” on 92.1 FM in Madison. The show’s co-host Philip Dominic Salvia More >

Milwaukee man charged in weekend crash at Cedarburg’s annual Strawberry Festival

CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) — A Milwaukee man is charged in a weekend crash that hurt two women at Cedarburg’s annual Strawberry Festival. Thirty-seven-year-old Kunle Famakinwa Jr. faces three felony charges and one misdemeanor in Ozaukee County. He is accused of striking the women with his vehicle as the festival was wrapping up Sunday. Police say Famakinwa crossed More >

Wisconsin to send 45 members of the State Patrol to the Republican National Convention

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin will be sending 45 members of the State Patrol to Cleveland next month to help with security at the Republican National Convention. That is 11 percent of the State Patrol’s 409 sworn staff members. Wisconsin Department of Transportation spokeswoman Patty Mayers says those going to the convention are being diverted from lower More >

Milwaukee to receive $8M tech job grant

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The city of Milwaukee will receive an $8 million federal grant to help train its residents in technology jobs. WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/290pok5 ) reports that Mayor Tom Barrett announced the award from the Department of Labor on Monday. The money will go toward nonprofit organizations Employ Milwaukee and UMOS to support information technology training at More >

Berit Beck case goes to jury, continues Tuesday

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Jury deliberations have begun in the trial of a man accused of killing an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman in 1990. Sixty-two-year-old Dennis Brantner is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Berit Beck. The Fond du Lac Reporter (http://fondul.ac/28ZHcvT ) says the jury got the case Monday afternoon and will More >