State News

Man says he robbed bank to stay out of jail

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) – Court records say a Rice Lake man told police he robbed a local bank to get money to pay court obligations so he wouldn’t go to jail. The 19-year-old man was arrested last week after he was seen running from the Sterling Bank in Rice Lake. Police say he had More >

Fourth suspect at large in interstate shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County. Sheriff David Clarke says people in a minivan and another vehicle were shooting at each other in a “running gun battle” on Interstate 43 Tuesday afternoon. One vehicle struck the other and the minivan spun into the More >

Organic meat processor to close after dispute

VILLAGE OF BLACK EARTH, Wis. (AP) – A popular organic meat processor has decided to close after a dispute with village of Black Earth officials. Owner Bartlett Durand says Black Earth Meats expects to close by the end of July after it lost it loan with the Bank of New Glarus. That followed the Village Board’s More >

Democratic attorney general candidates at forum

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The three Democratic candidates for Wisconsin attorney general know they agree on most issues, so they’re trying to differentiate themselves by touting their experience and ability to win in November. The candidates are two district attorneys – Susan Happ in Jefferson County and Ismael Ozanne in Dane County – and state Rep. More >

Convicted Minnesota murderer seeks new trial

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – A Minnesota man who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a father and son has asked for a new trial. The La Crosse Tribune reports ( ) Jeffrey Lepsch of Dakota, Minnesota filed a motion in La Crosse County Circuit Court. It claims nine of the 12 jurors believed More >

Wisconsin GOP files complaint over Trek ad

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Republican Party has filed a complaint with the state elections board over a full-page newspaper ad by Trek Bicycle Corp., saying it amounts to an illegal contribution to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. She is the sister of Trek president John Burke. Their father started the company in the 1970s More >

Railroad tracks open following Slinger derailment

SLINGER, Wis. (AP) – The railroad tracks have been cleared of derailed train cars in Slinger. Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron said Tuesday the tracks are once again open to train traffic. More than a dozen cars and locomotives from Canadian National and Wisconsin & Southern Railroad derailed Sunday night at a rail intersection More >

Court: Whistleblower law doesn’t protect interns

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a state law protecting health care workers who act as whistleblowers doesn’t apply to unpaid interns. The court ruled Tuesday that a former intern at the Medical College of Wisconsin did not qualify as an employee under the law because she did not receive pay or any benefits More >

Democratic attorney general candidates at forum

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – All three Democratic candidates for attorney general are scheduled to appear together at a forum hosted by the Dane County Democratic Party. State Rep. Jon Richards, of Milwaukee, Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne are all scheduled to appear at Tuesday’s forum. The event comes exactly More >

Supreme Court sides with railroad in collision

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has sided with a railroad company in a case involving a train that hit a minivan that was stuck on the tracks during a parade. The court ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by a couple whose van was struck by a freight train in the suburban Milwaukee More >