State News

Federal report: Homelessness down slightly in WI

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal report says the number of homeless people has declined slightly in Wisconsin. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report to Congress comes from a one-night count by local homeless advocacy agencies. Wisconsin’s report says the number of homeless people declined nearly 1 percent this year compared to More >

7th Circuit hears appeal in poisoning death

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has heard arguments in the case of a Wisconsin man whose conviction for poisoning his wife was overturned. The state appealed the case to the 7th Circuit after a federal district judge in Milwaukee overturned Mark Jensen’s 2008 conviction in the 1998 death of his More >

Coca-Cola exec to speak at UW ceremony

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Coca-Cola executive who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison almost 30 years ago will return to his alma mater to deliver the speech at this winter’s graduation ceremony. Ben Deutsch graduated from UW-Madison in 1985 with a journalism degree and spent two years as a sports reporter at the Wisconsin State More >

Wisconsin Rapids man gets life in 2008 homicide

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – A 55-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him of killing his daughter’s ex-boyfriend. Jurors deliberated for less than two hours Thursday before finding Joseph Reinwand guilty of first-degree intentional homicide. Wood County Judge Greg Potter sentenced Reinwand to More >

Wisconsin GAB predicts 56.5 percent voter turnout

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin election officials are predicting a little more than half of the state’s voting-age population will go to the polls next week. The Government Accountability Board officials said Thursday it expects about 2.5 million people will vote Tuesday. That’s about 56.5 percent of the 4.3 million people in Wisconsin old enough to More >

US judge considers dismissing ‘coordination’ suit

MILWAUKEE (AP) – An attorney for the board that oversees Wisconsin elections has asked a federal judge to step aside in a dispute over the state’s campaign coordination law. The Milwaukee-based group Citizens for Responsible Government Advocates filed a lawsuit Oct. 2, asking U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa to declare unconstitutional a law limiting coordination between More >

DOJ to dispatch attorneys, agents to polls

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen plans to dispatch state Justice Department attorneys and agents to polling sites across the state on Election Day to ensure compliance with state election laws. Van Hollen, a Republican, plans to send teams to Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Janesville, Beloit, Kenosha, Racine, Wausau, Stevens More >

Humane Society says dirty dogs weren’t in dumpster

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) – The Dodge County Humane Society says two neglected dogs brought to the shelter weren’t abandoned in a dumpster as the man who delivered them had claimed. Humane Society president Ryan Vossekuil says when police investigated the case of possible animal neglect, they found the man wasn’t telling the truth. He More >

Judge orders DOJ to release Schimel videos

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Madison judge says the state Justice Department must release videos of two training presentations Republican attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel gave to prosecutors but will give the agency a chance to appeal his ruling. The state Democratic Party filed a records request with DOJ seeking videos of Schimel, the Waukesha County More >

Dogs found abandoned in outdoor trash bin

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) – The Dodge County Humane Society is caring for two small dogs found abandoned in a dumpster behind a Beaver Dam grocery store. Police are looking for the person or persons who abandoned them. Humane Society president Ryan Vossekuil says someone heard the dogs barking and whining Tuesday afternoon behind Rechek’s More >