State News

Witnesses describe plane crash that killed 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal investigators will try to determine why a single-engine plane crashed and erupted in flames at a small Milwaukee airport, killing the two people on board. The crash happened Wednesday evening at Timmerman Airport on Milwaukee’s northwest side. Neighbors whose houses border the airport witnessed the crash about 6 p.m., but they More >

Search continues on Wind Lake for drowning victim

WIND LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Searchers are returning to a lake in western Racine County where they’re looking for the body of a 77-year-old boater. Wind Lake Fire Chief Rob Robins says crews initially responded to the lake about 5 p.m. Wednesday after a woman on a sandbar was spotted yelling for help. The woman More >

Sheriff: Man goes missing in lake; jumped in to save son

TOWN OF WESCOTT, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a man has gone missing in Shawano Lake in northeastern Wisconsin after he jumped in the water to rescue his 10-year-old son, who was later found safe. WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1H4Y6jt ) reports the search for the man who went missing Wednesday is being considered a recovery mission. The More >

Plane crashes at Milwaukee’s Timmerman Airport; 2 dead

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A small, single-engine passenger plane has crashed and caught fire at Milwaukee’s Timmerman Airport, killing both people onboard. Milwaukee County Department of Transportation Director Brian Dranzik said in a statement the accident happened around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at the airport on the city’s northwest side. Dranzik says no one on the ground More >

Governor sets special election to fill open Assembly seat

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has scheduled a special election in September to fill a vacant southeastern Wisconsin state Assembly seat. Republican state Rep. Chris Kapenga of Delafield has represented the 99th Assembly District since 2010. He defeated Democrat Sherryll Shaddock in a special election on July 21 to fill a state Senate More >

Media advocates: Law doesn’t need changes for body cameras

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Media advocates are arguing that Wisconsin’s open records law doesn’t need a substantial rewrite to address police body camera videos. A panel addressed the issue during a state Department of Justice summit examining whether the law needs to be updated to reflect changes in technology. Attorney General Brad Schimel began the More >

Ex-secretary criticizes Wisconsin agency’s reorganization

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former leader of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the agency’s new reorganization plan won’t fix its problems. On Tuesday, the agency launched a reorganization to divide protection for water quality between two divisions and leave other environmental protection programs in a “business support” division. George Meyer is the More >

City, county votes on Bucks arena expected in coming weeks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena now shifts to the local level. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett expects the Common Council to vote on its portion of the funding plan by early September. The city is asked to contribute $47 million by providing a parking structure and tax incremental financing. More >

White House Christmas tree from NE Wisconsin

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) — A tree from northeast Wisconsin will take center stage at the White House for the 2016 holiday season. Whispering Pines Tree Farm in Oconto says it has won the National Christmas Tree Association’s competition. That means a tree from Whispering Pines will be on display in the Blue Room of the More >

Investigators cite FAA lack of guidance in midair collision

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Aviation investigators say a lack of guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration and improper training were significant factors in the midair collision of two skydiving planes over northwestern Wisconsin about two years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded its investigation into the November 2013 collision over Superior. All nine More >