State News

Walker Capital Budget Favors Refurbishing, Not New Buildings

(Madison, WI) ¬†— ¬†Improvements to the Wisconsin veterans’ nursing home at King are part of a two year, $803 million capital budget proposed Tuesday by Governor Scott Walker. The Waupaca County veterans’ facility would get about $12 million to improve its drinking water, electrical system, and food equipment, after a new veterans affairs secretary was More >

Turnout hits 8 percent in Wisconsin superintendent race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Turnout in the primary for Wisconsin state superintendent exceeded the average of recent similar elections. Turnout in Tuesday’s primary hit 8 percent, based on unofficial results with 99 percent of precincts reporting. The average turnout in the prior three primaries for state superintendent was 5.9 percent. Incumbent Superintendent Tony Evers easily More >

11 injured in semi, school bus crash near New London

NEW LONDON, Wis. (AP) — Eleven people, including at least three children, are being treated for injuries following a crash involving a school bus and semi near the Waupaca County and Outagamie County line. The sheriff’s department says the semi driver was airlifted to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah Tuesday morning. WLUK-TV ( ) reports ten More >

Judge allows 2nd girl’s statements in Slender Man case

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A judge has ruled a second Wisconsin girl’s statements to police will be admissible at her trial on charges she tried to kill a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man. Judge Michael Bohren on Monday also rejected a defense request to move the trial of 15-year-old Anissa More >

Woman found guilty of killing bicyclist while texting

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A north-central Wisconsin woman has pleaded no contest in a crash that killed a bicyclist in 2015. Fifty-five-year-old Lorie Ann Miller of Rib Lake was found guilty of homicide by negligent driving after entering her plea Monday. Miller was accused of hitting and killing a bicyclist while texting and driving near More >

Authorities identify 2 killed in house fire in NE Wisconsin

PITTSFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people found dead following a house fire in northeastern Wisconsin last week. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified the victims as 49-year-old Allen Renier and 41-year-old Molly Brochman. Firefighters were called early Friday to the home in the Town of Pittsfield. Crews More >

Walker Asks Public for Help Selling His Budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker wants Wisconsinites who like his budget to help him rally support. Walker’s campaign launched digital ads Monday encouraging citizens to write to their legislators in support of key elements of his budget proposal. Republican legislative leaders have been cautious about Walker’s proposed spending increases since he unveiled his More >

Green Bay’s mayor survives removal petition

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay’s mayor has survived an effort to remove him from office. Mayor Jim Schmitt’s future was at stake Monday night during a meeting of the City Council. A citizen filed a petition seeking Schmitt’s removal after the mayor was convicted of violating state campaign finance laws. A judge earlier More >

Candle caused fatal Madison condo fire; victim identified

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Investigators say an unattended candle caused a weekend fire at a Madison condo building that killed one person and displaced 11 other residents. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s office on Monday identified the victim as 58-year-old Sidney Nowland of Madison. Preliminary autopsy results confirm that Nowland died of injuries suffered in More >

Warm weather forces American Birkebeiner route changes

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) — Warm weather is forcing organizers to change the route of Saturday’s American Birkebeiner ski race in northwestern Wisconsin. As a result, the race will not finish in downtown Hayward this year.The Birkie race course normally crosses Lake Hayward to get to downtown Hayward. But the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation said Monday More >