State News

Body found in a farm field over the weekend investigated as homicide

BELLEVUE, Wis. (AP) — Brown County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a farm field over the weekend. Capt. David Poteat says the death is being investigated as a homicide. The body was found about 2 p.m. Saturday in Bellevue. Technicians from the State Crime Lab helped gather evidence. More >

Kohl’s rewards woman behind viral Chewbacca video

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kohl’s Corp. has handed a Texas mom whose video showing her donning a Chewbacca mask went viral a pile of Star Wars toys. WTMJ-TV reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1RiqCTC ) that Candace Payne mentioned in the video that she got the mask at her local Kohl’s as a gift to herself but was worried her More >

Dog ejected from car as driver spins donuts causing crash, police say

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say a dog was thrown from a car as the driver was doing doughnuts in Madison. A 54-year-old man was supposed to be walking his friend’s dog, Cheddar, on Wednesday evening but instead put the dog in the woman’s 2003 Ford Interceptor and started doing doughnuts in a parking lot, WISC-TV More >

DNR wants to add 7000 acres of forestland in northwestern Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources’ board is set to consider buying an easement on about 7,000 acres of northwestern Wisconsin forest. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1TnUPIM) the DNR wants the rights to 7,090 acres in Douglas County for $3.5 million. The land would become part of the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest, More >

Five-year-old escorts ‘girlfriend’ to Case’s prom

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — A 5-year-old Wisconsin boy is beaming after he took the high school senior he’s been crushing on for most of his short life to prom. Sort of. The Racine Journal Times reports (http://bit.ly/1WKOxnD ) 5-year-old Max Conner walked Shaelyn Ramirez to Case High School’s festivities Saturday. The boy’s mother, Carrie Connor, More >

Homicide charge filed in gas station shooting in Town of Madison

TOWN OF MADISON, Wis. (AP) — There are new details about a deadly encounter at a gas station near Madison. A criminal complaint filed in Dane County says surveillance video shows the victim, Elijah Washington, walking into the Capitol Petro Mart station on May 11 and apparently recognizing Kortney Moore and another man, then leaving. Prosecutors More >

NHL: Pavelski Two Assists, Elliott Benched As San Jose Wins

(San Jose, CA)  —  Stevens Point area native Joe Pavelski gets two assists, as the San Jose Sharks scored a three to nothing home win over Saint Louis in Game Three of the NHL’s Western Conference Finals. Pavelski’s former Badgers’ teammate, Brian Elliott, gave up three goals on 14 shots as the Blues’ goaltender. Elliott More >

Memo: GOP lawmakers passed 128 measures limiting local control since 2011

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have passed 128 measures since 2011 restricting the authority of local government. That’s according to the state’s nonpartisan budget agency. The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/255lBHL ) reports the rundown comes in a May 16 memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. It was released at the request of Assistant Assembly More >

Medical college takes step to lessen shortage of psychiatrists

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Medical College of Wisconsin is moving to address the state’s shortage of psychiatrists in northern Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1XnGsU4 ) it’s one of the state’s most severe areas of doctor need. The Medical College announced last week that it had gotten initial accreditation for residency programs in northeastern and north-central More >

Pigeon ‘birth control’ prevents overpopulation

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Business owners in La Crosse are putting pigeons on the pill – sort of. Feeding stations atop downtown buildings include a contraceptive feed. It’s aimed at lowering reproduction in the birds that leave droppings on sidewalks, awnings and park benches. Wayne Oliver, a member of the Downtown Mainstreet Board, tells WXOW (http://bit.ly/1XnFGXb More >