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Walker announces European trade mission

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Likely 2016 presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker is planning a trade mission to Europe in the coming weeks. Walker announced during a speech Thursday to manufacturers in Milwaukee that he plans to travel to Germany, France and Spain in about a month and a half. The trip comes on the heels of Walker’s More >

DNR board OKs northern Wisconsin land purchase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources’ board has approved spending nearly $2 million to acquire an easement for about 21,000 acres in northern Wisconsin. The board voted Wednesday to spend $1.9 million in stewardship dollars and $3.8 million in federal forestry aids to purchase the easement from the Lyme St. Croix Forest More >

Walker strikes aggressive tone in talking about terrorists

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker continues to strike an aggressive tone when talking about his position on how the United States should deal with terrorists abroad, saying “we need to take the fight to them.” Walker commented Thursday when asked by reporters in Milwaukee about what he plans to talk about in a speech More >

Walker says he’d ‘rather be ahead than behind’ in race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t officially announced that he’s running for president, but he continues to send strong signals that a candidacy is inevitable. Walker was asked Thursday in Milwaukee about polls showing him at or near the top of a crowded Republican field of potential presidential candidates. Walker says, “I like More >

Court orders new trial in stabbing death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A New London man accused of killing an elderly man seven years ago will get a new trial. The 4th District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a Waupaca County judge improperly allowed evidence from a previous burglary conviction during Chad Magolski’s homicide trial in 2012. The court said the burglary More >

Jury says Neenah Walmart shooter was mentally responsible

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – A Winnebago County jury has determined a woman who shot and wounded a co-worker at a Neenah Walmart may have been mentally ill at the time, but knew her actions were wrong. Jurors deliberated about 4 1/2 hours before making a decision in the sanity trial for Justine Boyd. The 48-year-old More >

Second phase of large conservation land purchase completed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Natural Resources Board has approved a 21,000-acre land buy in Douglas County that would create the largest conservation purchase in Wisconsin history. The $5.6 million purchase is the second phase of the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest. The first phase was completed in 2012. The Journal Sentinel ( ) says the Department More >

Madison man charged in car theft after trying to get reward

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Madison man is facing charges after allegedly trying to collect a $2,000 reward for returning a vehicle he stole. Court records show 18-year-old Lashaun D. Cole was charged Wednesday with felony operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and misdemeanor bail jumping. According to the Madison Police Department, the vehicle was stolen More >

Republican against right-to-work says he’s not convinced

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The only Republican state senator who voted against a right-to-work bill says he is not convinced that the law is a good idea. Sen. Jerry Petrowski, of Marathon, said in a statement Wednesday that he was keeping his word in the past two elections not to support right-to-work. Petrowski says he is More >

Wisconsin Senate passes right-to-work bill amid protests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a fast-tracked right-to-work bill with no Democratic support. The measure now heads to the state Assembly, which plans to take it up next week. Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign it into law. The 17-15 vote Wednesday came after nearly eight hours of debate. Democrats More >