State News

Superior boat builder secures $6M contract for Texas project

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A custom boat building company in Superior has received a $6.2 million contract to build dozens of riverboats for a tourist attraction in Texas. The contract means more jobs for Superior as Fraser Shipyards’ Lake Assault Boats will build more than 40 riverboats this year for San Antonio’s River Walk, Wisconsin More >

Plan to pipe in drinking water from Lake Michigan draws

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Waukesha officials are facing opposition for their plan to pipe in drinking water from Lake Michigan. The Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative, a group of U.S. and Canadian mayors, has asked the Great Lakes Compact Council representing surrounding states for a rehearing on the council’s decision to approve the More >

Defendant in group home shooting ordered to stand trial

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man accused in a fatal shooting at a Madison group home has been ordered to stand trial. But, investigators say they still don’t know what motivated the man to kill 23-year-old Fatoumatta Jallow and wound one of her co-workers at the group home Dec. 21. The State Journal (http://bit.ly/2jeCv7U ) More >

Northern Wisconsin legislator wants to lift state’s mining moratorium

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin legislator who authored changes relaxing Wisconsin’s iron mining regulations now wants to lift the state’s mining moratorium. Gov. Tommy Thompson signed the moratorium into law in 1998. It requires companies to prove a sulfide mine has operated for a decade without polluting groundwater and surface water with acid More >

Health care advocacy group demands more money for opioid prevention

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A health care advocacy group wants Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers to devote more money into a program to screen high school students for drug abuse. Walker has called a special legislative session to pass 11 bills to curb opioid abuse. One would allocate $200,000 more to the Screening, Brief More >

Man accused of hiding body of woman who overdosed

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Kenosha man is charged with hiding the body of a woman who died of a heroin overdose. And investigators suspect the medical transport driver may have been using his job to lure women with drug problems to his home for sex. A criminal complaint charges Thomas Rutchik, 62, with hiding More >

5 arrested in school threats in Oshkosh, Fond du Lac

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Five people have been arrested in unrelated school threats in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. Authorities say an 18-year-old man and two boys, ages 17 and 15, were arrested for threats that shut down Oshkosh’s two public high schools Thursday. The schools have reopened. Police say those threats were made in More >

Wisconsin superintendent candidate calls for creation of state board

(Madison, WI)  —  A candidate for Wisconsin state superintendent wants to create a statewide school board. John Humphries Thursday called for the creation of an Education Accountability Board, or a statewide school board. The state superintendent position runs the state Department of Public Education without oversight of a board. Humphries is challenging incumbent state superintendent More >

Trial set for ex-Milwaukee officer charged in fatal shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former Milwaukee police officer will go on trial for the shooting death of a black man, attorneys told a judge Thursday, an indication that there’s no plea deal in the works. Former officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown has pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony reckless homicide in the August death of More >

Federal official: Walker’s drug tests for food stamps illegal

(Washington, DC)  —  The federal official who runs the food stamp program says it’s illegal to make recipients pass drug tests to get the benefits, as Governor Scott Walker wants to require in Wisconsin. Kevin Concannon, an undersecretary in the USDA, says Walker’s office made the request to his department, and it consulted with agency More >