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Zika Virus Finally Reaches Wisconsin

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin is among the last states to confirm a case of the Zika virus. That’s what state health officials said Wednesday, when they confirmed that a Wisconsin woman picked up the mosquito borne virus while on a recent trip to Honduras. State health officer Karen McKeown emphasizes that nobody has contracted the More >

Judge dismisses prospective jurors in civil case against a gun shop

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee County judge has dismissed prospective jurors in a civil case brought by two police officers against a gun shop. Judge John DiMotto told jurors that their dismissal Wednesday was due to issues beyond his control, but did not explain further. Questioning of a pool of 100 jurors began Monday. The potential More >

Winter School District Students have unique opportunity to visit with astronaut Jeff Williams

WINTER, Wis. (AP) — Students in the Winter School District will have a unique opportunity to visit with their hometown astronaut Jeff Williams who’s currently aboard the International Space Station. The school district’s technicians have been working with NASA for the last several weeks to coordinate an interactive uplink with Williams. That’s scheduled for 10:15 a.m. More >

State appeals court judge Paul Higginbotham won’t seek re-election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Judge Paul Higginbotham, the first African-American to serve as a Wisconsin appellate court judge, says he won’t seek re-election to the Madison-based 4th District Court of Appeals. The Wisconsin State Journal reports ( that Higginbotham is ending 23 years as a judge in a career filled with firsts. He was appointed Madison’s More >

New overtime pay rule from Obama administration gets two reactions from Wisconsin’s Senate race candidates

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new overtime pay rule from the Obama administration is getting two different reactions in Wisconsin’s Senate race. Democrat Russ Feingold says the rule is overdue. He said the current system is unfairly affecting middle and lower income earners and those who deserve overtime should get it. Sen. Ron Johnson takes a different More >

FBI, Lawyer Offer $35,000 Reward To Solve Young Girl’s Murder

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The FBI and attorney Michael Hupy have offered $35,000 in rewards for information about the killer of a young girl in Milwaukee. Hundreds of people staged a march and a vigil Tuesday on what would have been Za’layia Jenkins’ tenth birthday, and her mother Destiny Boone said she needed “justice” for her More >

Person killed on interstate in Sheboygan County

TOWN OF WILSON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a person has died after being hit by a van on an interstate in Sheboygan County. The sheriff’s department says a pedestrian was killed shortly before 1 a.m. on Interstate 43 near Highway 28 in the Town of Wilson. The northbound interstate lanes were closed temporarily. Officials haven’t said More >

Milwaukee Art Museum names Marcelle Polednik its next director

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The director of a museum in Florida has been hired as the new director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Journal Sentinel ( ) reported Tuesday that Marcelle Polednik has been hired as the Milwaukee museum’s new director. She’s currently director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville at the More >

DOJ finds officer involved shooting in Eau Claire justified

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin Department of Justice investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Eau Claire determined the use of force was justified because of an imminent threat from the suspect who was armed with knife. Eau Claire Police Officer Anthony Briski shot and wounded Sol Armer Jan. 24. The investigation report released Tuesday More >

Antifreeze Discovered In Slinger School Water Supply

HARTFORD, Wis. (AP) — More tests will be done to determine how small amounts of antifreeze and propylene made it into the drinking water at a Hartford elementary school. The Slinger School District is providing bottled water for cooking and drinking until the end of the school year at Addison Elementary School. Students are also asked More >