State News

UW considers settling with UW-Oshkosh foundation creditors

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System officials confirm the state is considering a settlement with the creditors of financially-troubled UW-Oshkosh Foundation. The Journal Sentinel ( ) reports the private foundation doesn’t have enough cash to cover $14.5 million in debt. Regent Michael Grebe says a potential agreement would protect UW System assets if More >

Large Dairy Farm Developers Turn to Wisconsin Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The owners of a proposed large-scale dairy farm in Wood County have asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that blocked the project. Golden Sands Dairy maintains it has rights to use most of its 6,400 acres for growing crops and manure spreading because the land was zoned unrestricted More >

Storms Produce Weak Tornadoes in SE Minnesota, W Wisconsin

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The National Weather Service says storms that swept through southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin on Wednesday included three weak tornadoes but caused no injuries. The weather service office in La Crosse says two EF0 tornadoes with winds of 65 mph touched down in Wabasha County of Minnesota. One left a More >

Madison deploys civilians to shooting scene for first time

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A community response team made up of trained civilians in Madison was sent to its first crime scene this week. The team responded Tuesday to help a man who had been wounded in a shooting. WKOW-TV ( ) reports that Mayor Paul Soglin said the deployment came after months of discussions More >

Schimel urges Supreme Court to protect GOP-drawn districts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the state’s Republican-drawn legislative districts. Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican, and other attorneys for the state, filed a brief Thursday urging the court to reject the reasoning of a group of voters who argue the boundaries unconstitutionally discriminate against More >

Walker sets up committee on driverless cars

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has created a committee to pave the way for driverless cars to operate in Wisconsin. Walker issued an executive order Thursday creating an aptly named Steering Committee on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing and Deployment. He says the group will help advance testing and operation of self-driving More >

Schimel appeals ‘Cocaine Mom’ ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s attorney general is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate a law that allows the state to detain pregnant women suspected of drug abuse. Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a Thursday news release he is appealing U.S. District Judge James Peterson’s Wednesday decision not to stay his previous ruling More >

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate drops to 17-year low

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than 17 years. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate in April was 3.2 percent. The seasonally adjusted figure is down from 3.4 percent in March and the lowest since February 2000. The national unemployment rate More >

Tornado-ravaged trailer park residents sift through debris

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An army of volunteers will help those affected by a devastating tornado recover in Barron County. The sheriff’s department says a volunteer reception center will open Friday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cameron. Those over 18 years of age can volunteer to help clean up the tornado-ravaged mobile home park near More >

Gov. Scott Walker will appoint replacement to David Clarke as sheriff

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The job of replacing David Clarke as sheriff in Milwaukee County will fall to Gov. Scott Walker. Clarke announced Wednesday that he intends to resign in June to take a job with the Department of Homeland Security as a liaison to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. Walker spokesman Tom More >