State News

98 schools apply to be part of statewide voucher program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Nearly 100 private and religious schools have applied to be a part of Wisconsin’s voucher program next fall. The state Department of Public Instruction reported Monday that 98 schools applied by the deadline to be in the program where taxpayer-funded subsidies pay for students to attend private schools. That is up from More >

Budget panel’s co-chairman wants Bucks to put more in arena

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The co-chairman of the Legislature’s finance committee says he wants to see the Milwaukee Bucks’ new owners put more of their own money toward a new arena for the team. John Nygren, a Marinette Republican, said Monday that he wants the Bucks to tell legislators exactly how much the project will cost More >

Wausau editor named Wis. AP president

MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) – Peter Wasson, assistant managing editor at the Wausau Daily Herald, has been elected president of the Wisconsin Associated Press Editors Association. He succeeds Sid Schwartz, editor at The Janesville Gazette. Also elected were Aaron Holbrook, editor of the Daily Citizen in Beaver Dam; Teryl Franklin, platform content manager for the Wisconsin State Journal; More >

Wisconsin Assembly committee takes up right-to-work bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Testimony has begun at a public hearing on Wisconsin’s right-to-work bill, after the measure rapidly passed the Senate last week. The state Assembly labor committee’s hearing is set to last 10 hours, and the gallery in the hearing room was full when the meeting began Monday morning. Committee Chairman Andre Jacque, a More >

Minnesota, Wisconsin try to reboot income tax reciprocity

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – State tax officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin say they’re working to reinstate a system that allowed 80,000 people who work across their shared border to file one state income tax return. Under the reciprocity system that began in 1968, Wisconsin made payments to Minnesota to make up for what border-crossing Wisconsin More >

Prosecutors deciding charges in Wausau stabbing death

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – Central Wisconsin prosecutors are deciding whether to charge a 15-year-old as an adult in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old boy. Wausau police say Isaiah Powell was stabbed twice in the back during a fight involving a group of teen boys that started with an argument that had played out on Facebook. More >

Man dies after being found inside Clark County garage fire

CHILI, Wis. (AP) – The Clark County sheriff’s department is investigating the death of a 61-year-old man found inside a garage fire. According to the sheriff’s department, someone called authorities reporting a village of Chili garage was on fire with someone inside at about 5 p.m. Sunday. The Chili Fire Department later pulled Robert Eckrich More >

Committee to start budget revision process with briefings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Legislature’s finance committee is about to kick off a months-long push to revise Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015-17 state budget proposal. The committee is set to begin Monday with briefings from a number of state agencies on how the budget would affect them. First up are the Administration, Justice and Corrections departments. More >

Lake Superior ice caves prove popular again

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – The ice caves in northwestern Wisconsin are proving very popular again this year. According to the National Park Service, the caves on Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands opened Saturday and attracted more than 7,000 people. By 10 a.m. there was a mile’s worth of cars parked on nearby Highway 13 and More >

Man facing 2 felony charges in Milwaukee gas station beating

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A 21-year-old man is facing felony charges in the beating of two clerks at a Milwaukee gas station. Dominick Smith was charged Friday with two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety. He’s accused of attacking two convenience store employees on Feb. 21 after they accused him of shoplifting. A video recorded by a witness More >