State News

DOJ halts review of Milwaukee Police after program changes

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has halted a review of Milwaukee’s police department that the police chief requested after a white officer fatally shot a mentally ill black man in a downtown park. The Justice Department said it is changing a program that once focused on improving trust between police and communities. More >

Walker to sign $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign into law a $3 billion incentive package for electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group. Walker announced Sunday that he will sign the bill on Monday at Gateway Technical College near Racine. That southeast part of Wisconsin is where the Taiwan-based company plans to build a More >

Milwaukee police investigate man’s fatal shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police are investigating a fatal shooting. Police say a 36-year-old Milwaukee man was shot early Sunday on West State Street. He later died. The circumstances of the shooting are unclear. Police don’t know a motive and are looking for the shooter.

Aging population challenges Wisconsin amid worker shortage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s health care industry is facing challenges from a growing worker shortage. As baby boomers retire, there will be more health care consumers, the¬†Wisconsin State Journal¬†reported. However, the number of workers to provide those services is projected to remain the same. Analysts predict there’ll be almost 52,000 more job openings in More >

1 owner of house destroyed in explosion remains missing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say one of the people who lived in a Madison house that was leveled by an explosion cannot be located. Investigators continued to search the rubble Thursday with specialized dogs. Heavy machinery was brought in to move the debris. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says one of the homeowners has been More >

Mitchell International Airport director fired

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The director of Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee has been fired. The Milwaukee County executive’s office said Thursday that Ismael “Izzy” Bonilla was fired, effective immediately. The airport is owned and operated by Milwaukee County. The county’s independent Audit Services Division had conducted an investigation into allegations of misconduct by Bonilla. County More >

Court: Milwaukee officer not entitled to disability benefits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says the city of Milwaukee properly denied disability payments for a former police officer involved with an in-custody death. Jason Bleichwehl was one of three officers who came under investigation after robbery suspect Derek Williams died in a squad car after gasping for air and pleading for More >

4 Democrats, 2 Republicans switch sides on Foxconn vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Four Democrats and two Republicans broke with the majorities of their parties in the Wisconsin Assembly vote over a $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn Technology Group. The Assembly passed the bill Thursday on a 64-31 vote, sending it to Gov. Scott Walker. The bill was passed to entice Foxconn to More >

Joey the kangaroo escapes pumpkin farm

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — It was a brief taste of freedom for Joey the kangaroo who kicked his way out of a pen at a southeast Wisconsin pumpkin farm, only to be rounded up by sheriff’s deputies. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department received a call around 7 a.m. Thursday from someone who reported seeing an More >

Wisconsin chocolatier, Mars candy company resolve dispute

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Court documents show a Wisconsin chocolate maker and the candy giant Mars Inc. have resolved a trademark dispute. Mars sued Syovata Edari in federal court in Virginia claiming her Madison chocolate company, CocoVaa Chocolatier, infringed on Mars’ CocoaVia brand of nutritional supplements. The case was thrown out by a judge in More >