State News

Wisconsin officials act to help Northern Plains drought

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is clearing the way for farmers in that state to help out their drought-stricken colleagues in the Northern Plains. Walker has declared a 30-day state of emergency for the purpose of transporting loads of forage to the Dakotas and Montana. All three states have been dealing with More >

Wisconsin Assembly set to approve $3 billion for Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly planned to approve a $3 billion tax break Thursday for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy. Democratic critics in Wisconsin, who don’t have the votes to More >

Kenosha alderman accused of stalking ex-girlfriend

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A city alderman in Kenosha is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend for more than four years. Authorities allege John Ruffolo harassed the woman between February 2013 and July 2017 despite repeated pleas from her to stop and warnings from police. Ruffolo’s bond was set at $10,000 cash Wednesday. Defense attorney Patrick More >

Wisconsin residents worry development will endanger lake

FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) — Residents of a condo development in southeast Wisconsin fear a $43 million school complex will diminish their scenic setting and endanger the health of a local lake. The Franklin School District has proposed a nearly 200,000-square-foot, two-story building near Tuckaway Shores, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported . Residents said they worry the development More >

Carjacker fatally shot by La Crosse police was felon

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — La Crosse police have identified a convicted felon as the armed carjacker who was fatally shot by officers. Authorities say 54-year-old Roger Burzinski of Green Bay stole a Chevy Trailblazer at Houska Park on Sunday after confronting a woman at gunpoint. Police say the mother was able to get her More >

Judge rules no release for Racine man who killed neighbor

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A 50-year-old Racine man who authorities say strangled his neighbor with an electric cord will spend the rest of his life in prison. A judge Tuesday sentenced Harry Fumich to life in prison with no chance of release. Fumich pleaded guilty to first-degree intentional homicide. The Journal Times reports he declined to speak More >

Maintenance worker dies in elevator fall at Superior hotel

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Superior police say a 63-year-old maintenance worker died when he fell to the bottom of a hotel elevator shaft. Authorities say the accident happened Tuesday evening at the Androy Hotel. Hotel staff and other witnesses told police and medical staff that the elevator had been malfunctioning, and that the night maintenance More >

Former Badger Jones Leads State Open Golf Tourney

(Mequon, WI) — Former Badger Garrett Jones of Madison is the leader at the halfway mark of the State Open golf tournament in Mequon. The 32-year-old Jones, who has won 15 events as a pro, is at minus five 139 after 36 holes with a one shot lead on Phillip Johnson of Colgate. Jones regained More >

Chemical leak prompts evacuation of Appleton business

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — An Appleton business was evacuated due to a chemical leak but no injuries were reported. WBAY-TV reports that fire crews responded to the Appvion paper plant about 2 p.m. Tuesday after a report of a sodium hydroxide leak in the basement. The chemical can severely irritate skin, eyes and mucous membranes. Crews were More >

Wisconsin property value increases largest since 2007

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin property values have reached a new high. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance analyzed taxable property value data that was finalized Tuesday by the state Department of Revenue. The $526 billion in property value is a new peak and the 4.1 percent increase over 2016 is the biggest jump since 2007. The More >