State News

Wisconsin court won’t reconsider voter ID case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has refused to reconsider whether the state’s voter photo identification law is unconstitutional. Republicans passed the law in 2011. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the immigrant group Voces de la Frontera as well as the League of Women Voters challenged the mandate in More >

Trial continues in 2008 Wisconsin Rapids killing

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Jurors have watched a 7-year-old police interview with a 55-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man accused in a shooting death. Joseph Reinwand is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Dale Meister. The 35-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man was found dead in his home on March 4, 2008. Court documents show More >

Appeals court rejects John Doe rehearing request

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal appeals court has unanimously rejected a conservative group’s request to reconsider a ruling last month tossing a lawsuit challenging an investigation into possible illegal campaign coordination. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the request from Wisconsin Club for Growth to rehear the case after a More >

Hunters killing Wisconsin wolves quicker this year

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Hunters are killing Wisconsin wolves so quickly this year it looks like the state’s third annual season is headed for an early end. The four-and-a-half month-long season began on Oct. 15 with a statewide kill limit of 150 animals. As of Thursday morning, hunters had harvested 103 wolves, or nearly 70 percent More >

Bicyclist struck, killed in Minocqua

MINOCQUA, Wis. (AP) – A bicyclist has been struck and killed by a commercial vehicle in Minocqua. Police say 55-year-old Robin Kuzel was riding his bike on Highway 51 South in Minocqua shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday when he was struck. Authorities say the commercial vehicle leased by Safelite Group was drive by a 28-year-old More >

6th District candidates spar over entitlements

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) – The candidates for Wisconsin’s lone, open congressional seat have sharply different views on the programs some Americans rely on for food, medical care and living expenses. Democrat Mark Harris and Republican Glenn Grothman are vying for the 6th Congressional District seat. They’ve each made so-called entitlement programs a focus of their campaigns. More >

Lawmaker reaches plea deal on sex assault charges

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State Rep. Bill Kramer has reached a plea deal with Waukesha County prosecutors on sexual assault charges. The former Assembly majority leader has agreed to plead no contest to two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. The Journal Sentinel ( ) reports the district attorney’s office will recommend a sentence of More >

EPA asked to investigate groundwater contamination

KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) – Six environmental groups want federal regulators to investigate groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County. The groups have petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to exercise emergency powers under the Safe Drinking Water Act to investigate their concerns. The petitioners say the state Department of Natural Resources has failed to protect the drinking More >

ThedaCare to build cancer center in Appleton

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – ThedaCare is moving forward on plans to build a $44 million cancer center in Appleton. ThedaCare oncology physician, Dr. Matthew Weiss, says the center will provide team-based, collaborative care for patients and their families. All areas of expertise will be available at one location – including oncology, behavioral health, nutrition, therapy More >

DOT says memorial can stay until June

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) – State transportation officials say a memorial to a woman killed by a drunken driver can stay in place along a Dane County highway until June. Last month, the Department of Transportation ordered the family of Maureen Mengelt to remove the plaque along Highway 19 because of a single complaint, citing More >