State News

Mandela Barnes mulls run for lieutenant governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former state Rep. Mandela Barnes said Wednesday that he is “strongly considering” running for lieutenant governor next year, making him the first prominent Democrat to express interest in the position. More than a dozen Democrats are either running or considering running for governor against Republican Scott Walker, who said Wednesday that More >

Wisconsin Senate committee OKs hemp farming bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate’s agriculture committee has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow Wisconsin farmers to grow hemp. The panel voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the proposal. The vote clears the way for a full floor vote in the Senate. The bill would set up state licenses for famers looking to More >

Two hurt when silo collapses on Brown County farm

SHIRLEY, Wis. (AP) — A silo collapse has injured two men at a farm in Brown County. The collapse happened about 9 a.m. Wednesday at the farm in Shirley. WBAY-TV r eports the men were inside the silo when the structure, filled with corn silage, collapsed. One of the men was airlifted from the scene. The other More >

Wisconsin agency leaders working on problems in Foxconn deal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Leaders of Gov. Scott Walker’s job creation agency have delayed a vote on a contract with Foxconn Technology Group while they deal with a problem in the language. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board met in closed session Tuesday to discuss a contract implementing a $3 billion state incentives package for More >

Video: Walker’s son offered to get out and walk during stop

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police video shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s son never identified himself as the governor’s son during a traffic stop but offered to get out and walk to the governor’s mansion. A Maple Bluff Police officer pulled over a state van near the mansion on Aug. 18 because three people were in More >

Former auto dealer indicted for fraud, money laundering

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The former general manager of a Madison auto dealership has pleaded not guilty to federal fraud and money laundering charges. The federal indictment unsealed Monday against 53-year-old Allen Foster, of Sun Prairie, follows a lawsuit filed last year by his former employer, Smart Motors, alleging he embezzled several million dollars. The More >

Swastikas carved into new cars at Madison dealership

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say someone carved swastikas into the hoods of about 20 new vehicles at a car dealership. Employees discovered the vandalism when they arrived at work at Wilde East Towne Honda on Madison’s far east side. The vandalism was reported to police Tuesday morning. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain tells the Wisconsin More >

Woman identified in Sister Bay marina crash

SISTER BAY, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a woman who died when a car landed in the water at Sister Bay Marina last weekend. The Door County Sheriff’s Office identifies the victim as 24-year-old Victoria Burger of Sobieski. A 24-year-old woman from DePere, who also was in the car, survived. Authorities More >

Wisconsin board talks about Foxconn deal, no vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leaders of Gov. Scott Walker’s job creation agency met behind closed doors again to discuss contract negotiations with Foxconn Technology Group but didn’t take any action. The electronics giant wants to build a flat-screen manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant. Walker signed a $3 billion incentives package for the company last More >

Walker rides Harley, jogs in new video touting record

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker rides a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and jogs in a red Wisconsin T-shirt on a new campaign video touting his record ahead of his run for re-election. Walker released the minute-long video online Wednesday, a precursor to the official launch of his re-election campaign expected in early November. The video More >