State News

Report: Wisconsin’s Small Communities Still Feel The Recession

(Madison, WI)  —  A new report says many of Wisconsin’s small towns still feel the effects of the Great Recession. With an older population and more people moving to bigger cities, the state Taxpayers Alliance says half the places with fewer than one-thousand residents have yet to see any major job growth or new construction More >

Milwaukee To Get More State Funds In Response To Violence

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Governor Scott Walker will give Milwaukee at least $4.5 million to focus on urban problems after the Sherman Park violence almost two weeks ago. The Republican Walker, his cabinet, and Milwaukee’s mayor and county executive will announce the funding Friday at an inner city job center. The Journal Sentinel says the money More >

House explosion in Fitchburg leaves one critically injured

FITCHBURG, Wis. (AP) — Investigators will try to determine why a house exploded in Fitchburg, critically injuring a man and causing damage to at least two dozen other homes in the neighborhood. Authorities say the 57-year-old man has significant injuries as a result of the explosion just before 7 p.m. Thursday. Fire officials say three nearby More >

Wisconsin senator says Hillary Clinton is not out of line with new online ad

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Democratic African American state senator from Wisconsin says Hillary Clinton is not out of line for posting a new online video that compiles footage of white supremacist leaders praising Donald Trump. Sen. Lena Taylor, of Milwaukee, commented Thursday on the new video that Trump’s campaign has condemned and called for Clinton More >

Seven candidates meet qualifications to be on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Five candidates for president other than Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have met qualifications to be on the ballot in Wisconsin. The state Elections Commission is slated to approve the ballot on Tuesday. The commission says in a memo prepared for the meeting that seven candidates have met the standard to More >

Gov. Walker & Milwaukee Mayor Barrett to talk about economic development efforts

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will visit Milwaukee’s north side to talk about economic development efforts less than two weeks after violent protests there. The violence broke out Aug. 13 and 14 after the fatal shooting of a black man by police. Some political leaders and community members said poverty More >

Race car driver dies in crash at Manitowoc Speedway

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A race car driver has died in a crash at the Manitowoc Speedway. Police say the fatal accident happened Wednesday night during an Eastern Wisconsin Stock Cars race at the Manitowoc County Fair. Lt. Matt Wallander says the 28-year-old man crashed into the infield guardrail. The driver was removed from the wreck through More >

Wisconsin Green Beret killed in Afghanistan

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) — The Green Beret who was killed by an explosive in Afghanistan this week was raised in the Milwaukee area. The Defense Department says Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson died Tuesday in the southern province of Helmand. Thompson’s family lives in Brookfield where he graduated from high school in 2006. His wife, Rachel Thompson, More >

Not guilty pleas entered on behalf of man accused of dragging dog with a vehicle

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has entered not-guilty pleas on behalf of a northeastern Wisconsin man accused of dragging his dog with a vehicle. Seventy-five-year-old James Merschdorf of Wabeno stood mute at his first court appearance Wednesday. Merschdorf faces misdemeanor charges of mistreating animals and intentionally leading an animal from a car. WAOW-TV reports no trial More >

Routine patrol finds baby alone in bar parking lot, father charged

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Sun Prairie man has been ordered to have no unsupervised contact with his infant daughter after he was accused of leaving her in the car while he visited a tavern. A Town of Madison police officer discovered the 4-month-old girl in the parking lot of Pitcher’s Pub last weekend and broke More >