State News

Assembly leaders had promised no right-to-work debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican leaders of the Wisconsin state Assembly promised last year that a right-to-work bill would not come up this session. Both Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Jim Steineke said the bill that is now on a fast-track for passage would not be debated. Steineke, who was assistant majority leader last year, More >

Driver charged in Milwaukee crash that killed couple

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A teenager accused of driving a stolen SUV in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Milwaukee couple is charged with five felonies. Milwaukee County prosecutors say 18-year-old Michael Hobbs was driving the SUV at a high rate of speed Sunday when he ran a stop sign and hit a car, killing 74-year-old More >

Walker announces April trade mission to Europe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Likely 2016 presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker is planning a trade mission to Europe in April. Walker announced during a speech Thursday to manufacturers in Milwaukee that he plans to travel to Germany, France and Spain. The trip comes on the heels of Walker’s trade mission to London earlier this month. He More >

Nonpartisan analysis of Walker budget released

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A nonpartisan analysis of Gov. Scott Walker’s nearly $70 billion budget proposal has been released in advance of legislative hearings next week. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau’s 559-page analysis will serve as the starting point for the Joint Finance Committee as it begins reviewing and making changes to Walker’s spending plan. Hearings where state More >

Pepin County farmers deny raw milk made football team ill

DURAND, Wis. (AP) – Pepin County dairy farmers who had their sales permit suspended are denying allegations that their milk made students and coaches sick at a high school football team potluck. According to a state Department of Health Services report, at least 26 people who attended the September dinner were confirmed to have bacterial infections More >

Walker announces European trade mission

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Likely 2016 presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker is planning a trade mission to Europe in the coming weeks. Walker announced during a speech Thursday to manufacturers in Milwaukee that he plans to travel to Germany, France and Spain in about a month and a half. The trip comes on the heels of Walker’s More >

DNR board OKs northern Wisconsin land purchase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources’ board has approved spending nearly $2 million to acquire an easement for about 21,000 acres in northern Wisconsin. The board voted Wednesday to spend $1.9 million in stewardship dollars and $3.8 million in federal forestry aids to purchase the easement from the Lyme St. Croix Forest More >

Walker strikes aggressive tone in talking about terrorists

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker continues to strike an aggressive tone when talking about his position on how the United States should deal with terrorists abroad, saying “we need to take the fight to them.” Walker commented Thursday when asked by reporters in Milwaukee about what he plans to talk about in a speech More >

Walker says he’d ‘rather be ahead than behind’ in race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t officially announced that he’s running for president, but he continues to send strong signals that a candidacy is inevitable. Walker was asked Thursday in Milwaukee about polls showing him at or near the top of a crowded Republican field of potential presidential candidates. Walker says, “I like More >

Court orders new trial in stabbing death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A New London man accused of killing an elderly man seven years ago will get a new trial. The 4th District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a Waupaca County judge improperly allowed evidence from a previous burglary conviction during Chad Magolski’s homicide trial in 2012. The court said the burglary More >