State News

Toddler injured in Lake Holcombe fire dies

LAKE HOLCOMBE, Wis. (AP) — The toddler injured in an apartment fire last week in Lake Holcombe has died of his injuries. The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department says 2-year-old Anthony Harp died at a hospital in Minnesota Saturday night. His parents, Sean Harp and Amber Liebe and their 3-year-old son were able to escape the fire More >

Suicidal Man Showed Toy Gun To Encourage Police To Kill Him

NEW LONDON, Wis. (AP) — A man killed by New London police officers drew a realistic-looking toy gun to goad them into shooting him, authorities and his fiancee said Sunday. The gun that Kole Knight possessed when he was shot Friday morning was a “plastic toy look-alike,” Johnny Koremenos, spokesman for the state Department of Justice, More >

Autopsy Results Pending For Three Doors Down Founder

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — Guitarist Matt Roberts, a founding member of the rock band 3 Doors Down, has died in Wisconsin. The 38-year-old was in West Bend to perform at a benefit. The West Bend Police Department says someone called authorities around 7 a.m. Saturday to report an unconscious man in a hotel hallway. Police More >

One Dead, Dozens Displaced In Sheboygan Fire

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — One person has died and dozens of people have been displaced after a fire in an apartment building in Sheboygan. The Sheboygan Fire Department says one person was found dead inside a unit at the Embers Apartments after the fire was reported before 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Battalion Chief Gary Kolberg says the fire More >

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Comments On Milwaukee Violence Incidents

U-S Senate Republican Ron Johnson says last weekend’s violence in Milwaukee proves that government programs like the “war on poverty” are failing. At a luncheon sponsored by WisPolitics Dot Com, Johnson said well intentioned government programs have trapped people in the country’s inner cities, while creating cycles of “poverty, dependency, and dispair.” The Senate’s Homeland More >

No Federal Aid For Western Wisconsin Counties

Officials in far western Wisconsin still hope to get state disaster relief, after federal aid was rejected to fix public facilities in last week’s floods. Up to seven inches of rain fell in parts of Buffalo and Trempealeau counties. Buffalo County officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency needed to find at least eight-million dollars in More >

Governor Walker Undecided On UW Tuition Plans

Governor Scott Walker says he’s thinking about asking lawmakers to keep freezing U-W tuition for just one year instead of two in his next state budget. The Republican Walker has also responded to speculation that he might suggest lower tuition as part of his budget package next February. The governor says it’s “on the table,” but More >

Report: Conservative Activist Tried Infiltrating Feingold Camp

(Madison, WI) — A conservative activist reportedly tried getting a job with Russ Feingold’s Democratic US Senate campaign, apparently to dig up dirt on that candidate. Feingold’s election opponent, GOP Senator Ron Johnson, says his campaign had nothing to do with it. The Feingold camp gave the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a recording of an interview More >

Former Cudahy Police Employee Charged In Embezzlement

(Cudahy, WI)  —  A former police employee in suburban Milwaukee is free on a signature bond, after she was accused of stealing cash paid by motorists who got parking tickets. Thirty-nine-year-old Melissa Mueller appeared in court Wednesday on charges of misconduct in public office and embezzlement of less than $2500. Officials say she was a More >

“Badger Fund Of Funds” Raises $10 Million For Business Startups

(Madison, WI)  —  The state government’s official fundraising vehicle for business startups has raised ten million dollars from private investors, twice the amount required by law. The “Badger Fund of Funds” was created in 2013, and the state put in 25-million dollars on the condition that the private sector throw in another five-million. Badger Fund More >