State News

Janesville dentist mistaken for lion hunter is harassed

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin dentist with a name similar to the Minnesota man in hiding after killing a beloved lion in Zimbabwe says he’s being harassed online and by phone. Dr. Matt Palmer in Janesville says he’s had to change his phone number because of the harassing calls that began in the middle More >

VA hospital wait times longer despite staff additions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials say wait times at Madison’s Veterans Hospital have increased despite additional staff, extended hours and more care options. Chief of staff Alan Bridges says the longer waits for care can be attributed to increased demand. The hospital has handled more than 4,200 appointments so far this year — a 2 More >

Wisconsin man gets jail for thrill killing of 15 deer

GREEN LAKE, Wis. (AP) — A 19-year-old Wisconsin man who authorities say took part in the “thrill killing” of 15 deer last year has been sentenced to six months in jail. Oshkosh Northwestern Media (http://oshko.sh/1g3vOQu ) reports Grant Boese, of Ripon, pleaded no contest in Green Lake County court Monday to six counts of failing More >

Judge: Man charged in wife’s death, standoff fit for trial

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — A judge has deemed a 58-year-old man competent to stand trial in the fatal shooting of his wife and subsequent four-hour standoff with police in central Wisconsin. The Stevens Point Journal (http://spjour.nl/1g3qdK4 ) reports Larry Sanchez is accused of killing his wife, Lisa, on June 3 in Bancroft. He was More >

Wisconsin DNR to unveil new endangered species license plate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources plans to unveil a new endangered species license plate. The plate features a photograph of Glory, an eagle that stars in education programs at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee. DNR officials say the design was chosen from more than 2,000 entries from photographers. More >

Walker calls on Wisconsin attorney general to take action

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has asked Wisconsin’s attorney general to take “immediate action” to protect ratepayers and workers from what the Republican presidential candidate calls “devastating impacts” of a new rule designed to cut greenhouse gases. Walker said in a statement Monday that the final rule released by President Barack Obama oversteps More >

Homeowners cashing in on PGA Championship

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Hospitality industry leaders say Sheboygan County’s 1,800 hotel rooms were booked a year or more in advance for next week’s PGA Championship in Kohler. That’s has many homeowners in the area taking advantage of the demand for a place to stay during PGA week at Whistling Straits. Homeowners are using web More >

NE Wisconsin hit hard by severe storms

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Severe weather uprooted trees, blew down power lines and dropped golf ball-sized hail in parts of Wisconsin. In northeastern Wisconsin, the storm knocked out power to about 20,000 Wisconsin Public Service customers, many on the Door County peninsula, a popular vacation spot. The utility expects to have electricity restored to all customers More >

Motorcyclist dies in collision with cow

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The driver of a motorcycle was killed and a passenger was injured in a collision with a cow on a rural road in northwestern Wisconsin. The State Patrol says 51-year-old Daniel Russell, of Foxboro, suffered severe head and internal injuries in the crash Sunday near Superior. WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1hf3sDQ ) says Russell More >

2 dead, 3 hurt in 2-car crash in southern Wisconsin

TOWN OF UNION, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed and three others were hurt in a two-car crash in southern Wisconsin’s Rock County. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened Saturday afternoon at an intersection in the town of Union. The sheriff’s office says a Dodge Charger went through a More >