State News

Wisconsin trooper’s killer convicted of disorderly conduct

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Court records show a Michigan man suspected of killing a rookie Wisconsin state trooper after robbing a bank was part of a group of skinheads who attacked black and Hispanic people nearly 20 years ago. Steven Timothy Snyder and Trooper Trevor Casper killed each other during a shootout in Fond du Lac More >

Missing boy found dead near overturned ATV

WHITEHALL, Wis. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials in western Wisconsin say a missing boy has been found dead in a creek near his overturned all-terrain vehicle. Fourteen-year-old Ayrton “AJ” Platt left his grandparents’ home near Whitehall in Trempealeau County on his ATV Wednesday about 5:30 p.m. State and local agencies began a search for the boy. More >

Tests: Madison officer was sober after shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Blood tests show a white Madison Police officer who killed a biracial man was sober after the shooting. The Wisconsin Professional Police Association on Thursday released results of tests on samples of Matt Kenny’s blood collected about two hours after he shot Tony Robinson on March 6. The tests found no signs More >

VA officials say they will work to end overprescribing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Veterans Affairs officials say they are trying to put solutions in place to limit narcotic overprescribing practices in VA hospitals, but lapses still happen. At a U.S. Senate hearing in Washington Thursday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal called the VA system of prescribing narcotics “abysmally inaccurate” and prodded VA officials on how they would More >

Wisconsin DNR proposes daily 3 walleye limit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants to continue a three-walleye limit for lakes and rivers within the state’s ceded territory, rather than annually adjusting the number based on how many are taken by the six Chippewa tribes. The proposal to maintain the bag limit will be considered by the Natural Resources More >

Shooting victim remembered as peaceful man

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. (AP) – The man who was fatally shot after encountering a bank robbery suspect in Marinette County is remembered as a beloved member of his community. Authorities say 59-year-old Thomas Christ was shot along a road not far from some farmland he owned near Wausaukee. Investigators say the man suspected of robbing a More >

Republican says Walker’s proposal for SeniorCare is dead

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Republican co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee says Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to require enrollees in the popular SeniorCare prescription drug program to first sign up for Medicare Part D coverage is dead. Rep. John Nygren tells The Associated Press on Thursday that there is not support for the idea among More >

Appeals court lets air out of balloon injuries case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin appeals court has let the air out of a lawsuit brought by a woman injured by a runaway hot air balloon. The 4th District Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the case brought by Patti Roberts of Beaver Dam. Roberts was hurt while standing in line waiting for a hot More >

Population down in 35 Wisconsin counties

MILWAUKEE (AP) – New census figures show the population dropping in nearly half of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. The population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show 35 counties lost people from 2013 to 2014. Manitowoc County lost 463 people during that time, the largest decline among counties. Next was Wood County with a More >

Charges expected after toddler suffers burns to face

WESTON, Wis. (AP) – A Weston man is accused of intentionally burning his girlfriend’s young son. The 16-month-old boy is being treated in the burn unit at University Hospital in Madison. Authorities say the toddler suffered second-degree burns to his face. Everest Metro police investigators believe the child’s face was intentionally immersed in hot water. Police More >