State News

UW students to design 3 of Capitol’s flowerbeds

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin Landscape Architecture students are competing to design the floral gardens that will be planted outside the Capitol this year. The state Department of Administration said Tuesday that students are designing gardens for the south, east and west corner circles of Capitol Square. The State Capitol and Executive Residence Board will More >

Fatal shooting in Kenosha, 2 in custody

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Kenosha police are holding two men believed to be involved in a fatal shooting. The victim was driving a car that crashed into a house in Kenosha Monday about 10:30 p.m. The driver was found to have suffered a fatal gunshot. A juvenile passenger was not injured. WKOW-TV (http://bit.ly/P3eVHS ) says More >

Man accused of killing wife takes witness stand

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) – The Lincoln County man on trial for killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp denies having anything to do with her disappearance or death. Fifty-year-old Mark Bucki took the stand in his own defense Tuesday. Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/1t5iPjJ ) reports Bucki testified he and Anita Bucki mutually More >

Coast Guard officer accused of assault in Wis.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A U.S. Coast Guard officer is accused of having abusive sexual contact with a colleague while he was stationed in Milwaukee last November. The Coast Guard said in a news release Tuesday the officer was assigned to the Lake Michigan facility in Milwaukee. The release doesn’t describe the alleged contact but says the More >

Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

DANE, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he deserves a second term because he turned Wisconsin around by cutting taxes, making sure everyone in poverty has access to health insurance and improved the economy leading to the creation of 100,000 new jobs. Walker is making his re-election pitch at a series of rallies across the More >

Heating moratorium coming to an end

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state’s moratorium on disconnecting utility customers who are behind on their bills is ending. The law prohibits utilities from shutting off a customer’s heat between Nov. 1 and April 15. We Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schultz says the harsh winter hasn’t resulted in more people facing disconnection, but amount of overdue bills More >

Walker to kick off re-election campaign

DANE, Wis. (AP) – Republican Gov. Scott Walker is officially launching his re-election campaign with a series of rallies across Wisconsin. Walker was to be joined at the events Tuesday by his running mate Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Walker was starting the day in Dane, small town north of Madison, before heading to La Crosse, Chippewa More >

Man accused of killing wife expected to testify

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) – The Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp is expected to take the stand in his defense. Mark Bucki’s attorneys say they expect to call the 50-year-old defendant to the stand early Tuesday. Bucki has denied killing his wife, 48-year-old Anita Bucki, following More >

More than 30 vehicles pile up on icy highway

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) – More than 30 vehicles piled up on an icy highway in Milwaukee County. Two trucks, two buses and other vehicles were involved in the crash on Highway 45 in Wauwatosa about 10:30 p.m. Monday. The sheriff’s department says only one person was injured. A return to freezing temperatures made the roads More >

Utility to start aerial power line inspections

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – Northwestern Wisconsin residents might soon notice a helicopter cruising over their neighborhoods. Xcel Energy plans to start a six-day aerial inspection its transmission lines on April 21. Helicopter crews will look for defects, loose fittings and other potential problems that could cause outages. The patrols will take place during the day. More >