State News

Burke: Former Pres. Clinton will campaign in Wis.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Mary Burke’s campaign says former President Bill Clinton will be in Milwaukee Friday to rally support in her bid for governor. The former president’s visit is the latest in a growing list of those by high-profile Democrats in the race for Wisconsin governor. First lady Michelle Obama has campaigned twice in Wisconsin More >

Home sales hold steady in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin’s housing prices climbed slightly in September as the level of home sales remained about the same compared to a year ago. The latest figures from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show housing prices rose about 3 percent. The median price of a home rose from about $144,000 to nearly $149,000. Association president More >

Wisconsin DNR urges leaf composting, mulching

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources is urging homeowners to compost or mulch fallen leaves to keep them out of landfills and reduce burning piles. DNR officials say composting means more room and landfill and less chance of errant sparks from burning piles starting wildfires. Fewer burning piles also helps maintain air More >

Halloween safety tips including safe costumes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s consumer protection agency is offering a variety of safety tips for trick-or-treaters heading out on Halloween. To prevent fires in homemade costumers, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says to pick flame-resistant materials and avoid costumes that are billowy and baggy to minimize the risk of the fabric More >

No charges against Superior officer in arrest

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin special prosecutor has decided against charging a Superior police officer after an investigation into whether the officer used excessive force in arresting a woman. Bayfield County District Attorney Frederick Bourg found that Officer George Gothner’s actions “fell far short of what the public expects” of police. However, Bourg wrote that “not More >

Milwaukee County to release Doe emails

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Milwaukee County officials are planning to release thousands of emails prosecutors collected during the first secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s former aides and associates when he was county executive. A spokesman for Chris Abele, the county’s current executive, says Abele’s office will make nearly 16,000 emails and attachments that prosecutors seized More >

Wisconsin DOJ settles sand mine case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A sand mining company has agreed to pay the state and Trempealeau County $80,000 to settle allegations of storm water permit violations. Wisconsin Department of Justice officials said Monday that the storm water permit for Alpine Sand LLC’s Town of Arcadia operation was based on the representation that runoff would be More >

Brown County to decide future of 50-acre island

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Brown County officials are trying to decide what should be done with a 55-acre island off the southern shore of Green Bay. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently in the process of transferring Renard Island over to the county. WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1tF6LZQ ) reports the property was built by the More >

Happ refutes claim she was soft on bomb builder

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans are accusing Democratic attorney general hopeful Susan Happ of letting a pipe bomb builder get off scot-free even though she stepped aside to let federal prosecutors handle the case. Happ currently serves as the Jefferson County district attorney. On Friday the state GOP questioned why Happ’s office charged Christopher Hamlin with More >

1-time foreclosure king, son arrested in Pewaukee

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) – Heavily-armed federal agents broke down the door of a Pewaukee home and arrested a man described as a one-time king of foreclosures and his adult son. The U.S. marshals, assisted by the FBI, Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies and Pewaukee police took Todd Brunner and his 24-year-old son, Shawn, into custody at the More >