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Wisconsin health professionals hope to expand vaccine access

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Medical College of Wisconsin wants to expand access to vaccines by having drugstores offer immunizations. The college is spending $489,000 on a vaccination project with the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin,¬†Wisconsin Public Radio reported¬†. The statewide project is expected to last 2 years. “This investment aims to increase the number of vaccines More >

Court: Park Bank not negligent in Koss embezzlement scheme

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says Park Bank isn’t liable in a Koss Corp. executive’s scheme to embezzle $34 million from the Milwaukee-based headphones manufacturer. Sujata Sachdeva was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison in 2010 for using company funds to buy clothes, jewelry and other lavish items. Sachdeva obtained a More >

Schimel asks Supreme Court to block Evers’ request

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is asking the state Supreme Court to block state Superintendent Tony Evers from getting his own attorney in a lawsuit challenging his office’s powers. Schimel late Monday asked the court to reject Evers’ request to disqualify Schimel from representing him. Evers doesn’t want Schimel representing him More >

Charges: Turkish businessman exported US goods to Iran

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors allege a Turkish businessman helped illegally route Wisconsin-made outboard engines and boat generators to the Iranian navy. Forty-year-old Resit Tavan of Istanbul appeared in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee Monday. Tavan was arrested in Romania in June on an international warrant. Tavan, his Turkish company and a manager there are More >

Brown County Judge Kelley assigned to Walker case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Brown County Circuit Judge Kendall Kelley has been assigned to review whether to pursue contempt findings against nine people involved with a now-closed investigation into Gov. Scott Walker. Kelley was assigned Monday to replace Jefferson County Circuit Judge William Hue. He removed himself from the case because he had posted comments More >

Committees set hearing on GOP bill to end wetland permits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two legislative committees have scheduled a joint hearing on a Republican bill that would allow developers to build on state wetlands without a permit. The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform have scheduled the hearing for Dec. 21 in the state Capitol. The bill, More >

GOP says Evers not fairly applying revocation law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans say Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers is not fairly applying the law covering when a teacher’s license is revoked.¬†Republicans have criticized Evers’ decision not to revoke the license of a Middleton middle school teacher in 2014 fired for viewing emails that included images of naked women. An arbitrator found no More >

Janesville police say homicide victim was stabbed more than 30 times

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Janesville police say the victim of a homicide was stabbed at least 30 times. Forty-three-year-old Christine Scaccia-Lubeck was found dead by her mother who went to check on her after failing to reach her by phone Saturday. Lt. Terry Sheridan says two suspects took the victim’s Chevy Trax and were arrested More >

Bill would create state-certified Wisconsin beer label

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill circulating in the Legislature would create a new state-certified Wisconsin beer label. To get the special designation, the beer would have to include a certain percentage of hops grown in Wisconsin. The measure comes from Republican Rep. Scott Krug, of Nekoosa. He says in a memo seeking co-sponsors that More >

Walker appoints new Medicaid director, deputy chief of staff

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has appointed a new state Medicaid director. Heather Smith will take over for Michael Heifetz, who is leaving Walker’s administration to work in the private sector. Smith has been working for Walker as the deputy chief of staff for budget, legislative and intergovernmental affairs. Walker has also made More >