State News

Trial for man accused of staging wife’s death wrapping up

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Closing arguments are set in a trial for a western Wisconsin man accused of fatally beating his wife and trying to conceal her death by staging a car accident. The defense called family and friends to the stand on the eighth day of the trial for Todd Kendhammer in La More >

Democratic Senate head open to releasing harassment details

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Senate Leader Jennifer Shilling says she is open to releasing more details about sexual harassment claims made in the Legislature. Shilling said Wednesday that she’s trying to strike a balance between protecting victims and not shielding perpetrators. Shilling and Republican leaders who control the Legislature have defended keeping details More >

Wisconsin Foxconn plant may get $140M electricity project

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — A utility company is asking state regulators to approve a $140 million project to supply electricity to the massive Foxconn manufacturing complex in southeastern Wisconsin. American Transmission Co. says the massive plant is expected to draw six times more power than the next-largest factory in the state,┬áthe Milwaukee Journal Sentinel More >

Fatal fire victims identified in Buffalo County

BUFFALO CITY, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in western Wisconsin have identified two family members who died in a mobile home fire. Thirty-year-old Douglas Shawley and 2-year-old Genevieve Shawley died when fire swept their home in the Buffalo County community of Buffalo City on Tuesday. A Buffalo County sheriff’s deputy arrived within minutes of the fire More >

New conservative group to push renewable energy launches

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new conservative group hoping to convince wary Republicans of the value of renewable energy announced its launch Wednesday in Wisconsin. Organizers of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum say the effort is part of a national push that began in Michigan four years ago to win over Republicans who have been More >

Schimel hopeful contempt proceedings lead to leak evidence

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Brad Schimel says he hopes that contempt proceedings against nine people who worked on a now-closed secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign will lead to evidence revealing who leaked documents to a newspaper. Schimel said Wednesday that investigators have no leads to pursue in the case. Last week More >

Overdose reversal drug to be given to UW campuses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The overdose-reversing drug Narcan will be available for use by security officers at nine University of Wisconsin campuses. State Attorney General Brad Schimel was to announce a partnership with the pharmaceutical company Adapt Pharma Wednesday to supply a nasal spray version of Narcan. The campuses involved include Madison, Green Bay, La More >

Elections commissioner criticizes UW professor over ID study

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission wants to see all the data that went into a University of Wisconsin professor’s survey that found nearly 17,000 people didn’t cast a ballot because of the state’s voter identification law. Political science professor Ken Mayer presented results of his study for the More >

DNR board member: Infants hunting ’embarrassing’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans’ decision to eliminate the state’s minimum hunting age has created an embarrassing perception that infants are roaming the state’s woods with guns and could allow adults to kill more animals using young children’s tags, a state Department of Natural Resources board member said Tuesday. Board member Frederick Prehn told More >

2 dead after mobile home fire in western Wisconsin

BUFFALO CITY, Wis. (AP) — Two people are dead after a mobile home fire in western Wisconsin. The fire broke out about 5 a.m. Tuesday in Buffalo City. A Buffalo County sheriff’s deputy arrived within minutes of the call and found the back half of the mobile home engulfed in flames. The deputy reported a More >