State News

Chinese citizen working for Rockwell charged with stealing trade secrets

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A software engineer is charged in federal court in Milwaukee with stealing trade secrets from his former employer, Rockwell Automation. Forty-five-year-old Tan Liu is accused of stealing information about new Rockwell products in development. A federal indictment says Liu copied thousands of files to a flash drive in 2014 after informing his superiors More >

La Crosse Man Charged With 46 Calls To 911 In Two Hours

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A La Crosse man is facing criminal charges on accusations of calling 911 dozens of times in two hours. Police say the man called emergency dispatchers 46 times from three different phone numbers. Authorities say some of the calls were silent with music in the background. Other calls asked police to More >

Police: Two Madison Deaths Appear To Be Murder-Suicide

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say the deaths of a teenager and her father appears to be a murder-suicide. Police Chief Mike Koval says a 39-year-old man apparently shot and killed his 19-year-old daughter and then killed himself Tuesday. Koval says the crime scene was found by a middle-school-aged family member about 6 p.m. Police say More >

Two Walker major supporters serving on Trump committee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two of Gov. Scott Walker’s major financial backers are now helping to raise money for Donald Trump. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced the creation of the Trump Victory Committee on Tuesday. One of the vice-chairs is Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks. Campaign finance reports show Hendricks gave $5 million last year to More >

Judge rejects Menominee’s hemp arguments

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Menominee Indian Tribe which sought protection for industrial hemp. The tribe filed a lawsuit last November against the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice after the agencies destroyed its hemp crop grown on its reservation in northeastern Wisconsin. Industrial hemp More >

Milwaukee woman charged with ramming squad car fleeing deputies on I-43

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee woman faces felony charges after authorities say she rammed her vehicle into a squad car and then drove away to escape a traffic stop. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports ( ) 23-year-old Kevina Freeman was charged Monday in the incident that injured a deputy and a passenger and was captured on More >

Threatening calls hit several schools in state

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Classes at several schools in Wisconsin have been disrupted by threatening phone calls, similar to incidents at other schools across the country and in the United Kingdom. Threats were received Monday at schools in Green Bay, Appleton, and Port Washington; and at schools near Madison, Oshkosh and Kenosha. The threats resulted More >

State’s loon population on the rise

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — Recent results from a volunteer survey of loons show that the aquatic bird species’ population is strong in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Loon Population Survey estimates that the state’s loon population is at 4,350, representing a 9.1 percent increase from 2010. The state’s chick population is estimated at 834, accounting for an increase More >

Ryan: ‘Don’t worry too much about the plan’

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has some advice for Carthage College’s new graduates. Don’t worry too much about the plan. Ryan told the 656 graduates that sometimes, fulfillment lies in very unpredictable places. Speaking to the Class of 2016 Sunday at the Kenosha college, Ryan said he had planned to More >

2 killed in fiery head-on crash

UNION TOWNSHIP, Wis. (AP) — Two people have died in a fiery crash in Rock County. Sheriff’s deputies say a 27-year-old Madison man lost control of a car on Highway 14 Sunday afternoon and slid into the path of on oncoming SUV in Union Township. The car started on fire. The driver and a 26-year-old passenger More >