State News

Semi driver survives train crash

TOWN OF LINCOLN, Wis. (AP) – The driver of a semi escaped serious injury when his rig was struck by a train and overturned in Trempealeau County. The crash happened Thursday in the Town of Lincoln. Sheriff’s officials say the 50-year-old Winona, Minnesota man failed to see the railroad crossing lights. A Canadian National train More >

Homicide charge file in tow truck driver’s death

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) – A La Crosse man has been charged with negligent homicide in the roadside death of a tow truck operator. Authorities say 50-year-old Steven Dolan was driving the pickup truck that struck and killed Nathan Walsh last month along Interstate 94 near Osseo. The 38-year-old Walsh was wearing reflective gear More >

Milwaukee family protests tree lighting in park

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Supporters and family members of a black man fatally shot by a white Milwaukee officer have protested a tree lighting ceremony in the downtown park where he was killed. WITI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1ui2UeP ) about 20 people held signs calling for justice for 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton on Thursday evening as city leaders gathered to More >

Fire officials: 6 displaced by Milwaukee fire

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee firefighters say six people have been displaced by a residential fire. WITI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1HtSQcW ) firefighters responded to the fire at a 1 1/2-story bungalow Thursday evening. No injuries were reported. Fire officials say the fire started on the rear porch and spread into the walls. They’re investigating what caused the blaze. The American More >

Authorities: Abrams man dies in tractor accident

ABRAMS, Wis. (AP) – Brown County authorities say an Abrams man has died in a skid-steer loader accident. Press-Gazette Media reports (http://gbpg.net/1z0URqY ) Brown County Medical Examiner Al Klimek said Thursday 53-year-old Rob Jahnke died Monday. Klimek says Jahnke tripped as he was climbing off the tractor at his home. He says he fell and hit More >

Northern Wisconsin tribe joins buyback program

ODANAH, Wis. (AP) – An American Indian band in northern Wisconsin is joining a government effort to return lands on reservations to tribal ownership. The U.S. Interior Department says the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe is among 21 Indian communities in 12 states that will join the land buyback program by 2017. That More >

Kenosha man charged in daughter’s killing

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – A 34-year-old Kenosha man is charged with killing his 11-month-old daughter. The Kenosha News (http://bit.ly/11kooRI ) reports Russell Rose Jr. was charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide, aggravated battery, strangulation, arson and recklessly endangering safety. He is being held on $1 million bond. Police say Rose was arrested Tuesday. Officers found the girl More >

Mount Pleasant police say woman beaten has died

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) – Police say a woman who was severely beaten with a hatchet after trying to hide from her estranged husband in Mount Pleasant has died of her injuries. Officers were called to a home Wednesday night after witnesses saw a person screaming and being dragged to a vehicle. Authorities say the More >

State budget shortfall projected at $2.2 billion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker’s administration says Wisconsin faces a $2.2 billion budget shortfall by mid-2017, a problem that will have to be tackled by the Republican-controlled Legislature next year as Walker is building his resume for a potential presidential run. The estimate released Thursday by the state Department of Administration is required under More >

Ski hills off to earliest start in years

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – January-like weather is drawing downhill skiers and snowboarders to the slopes in Wisconsin where operators are taking the early start to the bank. The single-digit overnight temperatures have allowed ski hills to make snow around the clock and create some of the best conditions for November in years. Cascade Mountain’s Randy More >