State News

Elections official calls GOP complaint ‘absurd’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s chief elections officer calls complaints by the state Republican Party over the newly redesigned ballot “absurd.” Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy on Tuesday addressed complaints raised by state GOP director Joe Fadness that the redesigned ballot is confusing, may benefit Democratic candidates and should be redone before the Nov. 4 More >

Wisconsin wants court’s gay marriage ruling stayed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is asking a federal appeals court to stay a ruling that Indiana and Wisconsin’s gay marriage bans were unconstitutional. Van Hollen’s office said Tuesday it was requesting the stay out of “an abundance of caution.” It says a district court already made clear the ruling is stayed More >

Wisconsin voter ID opponents demand re-hearing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Civil rights advocates say they’ll ask 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to re-hear their challenge to Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Advancement Project said Tuesday they plan to ask for an en banc hearing, a proceeding that usually involves around 10 judges. The two groups More >

Outagamie County approves memorial for cemetery

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – Outagamie County residents and officials have been working to enhance an unadorned cemetery in which residents of an Appleton mental health facility were buried. Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1DeQcFO ) reports the county’s board last week approved a site plan for the addition of a memorial and cornerstones to mark the boarders of the More >

Packers event brings in 600 coats for needy kids

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A Green Bay Packers charity event has brought in more than 600 winter coats to be donated to needy children. The team’s annual Coats for Kids collection happened Sunday before the Packers’ win over the Jets. Fans were asked to donate new and gently used winter coats. The team says More >

Wisconsin DOJ never launched GPS program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Justice never launched a program outlined in the state budget that would have allowed judges to order GPS monitoring for people under restraining orders. Gov. Scott Walker proposed $3 million in the 2013-15 state budget for DOJ grants to local police and governmental units for GPS tracking people More >

Man accused of killing half-brother reaches deal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A man accused of fatally beating his autistic half-brother and hiding his body has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in Dane County. Jeffrey Vogelsberg returned to court Tuesday and pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide in the 2012 death of 27-year-old Matthew Granville. Vogelsberg’s trial on charges of first-degree More >

Body of retreat owner found in submerged car

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say one of the owners of a western Wisconsin retreat has been found dead in a submerged car on the property. Polk County sheriff’s officials say the body of 39-year-old Blair Piper was discovered Sunday at the Big Rock Creek Retreat north of St. Croix Falls. The Star Tribune More >

Wisconsin needs $760 million more for Medicaid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Health Services says it needs $760 million more over the next two-year state budget to pay for current services in the Medicaid program. The new estimate was included in the agency’s budget request submitted to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration made public Tuesday. That budget begins in mid-2015. The More >

Teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A high school teacher is charged in Brown County with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student. Investigators say 32-year-old Christopher Wieber pursued a relationship with a girl he had in his biology class last year at Bay Port High School near Green Bay. WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1mb19CX ) says Wieber is charged with More >