State News

Governor OKs bill ending SAGE program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill to end Wisconsin’s classroom SAGE program. The Student Achievement Guarantee Program provides aid to schools that maintain an 18-to-1 or 30-to-2 teacher-student ratio for poor students in kindergarten through third grade. Schools enter into five-year contracts under the program. The bill prohibits new SAGE More >

Governor signs GPS anti-tracking bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill designed to curb using GPS devices to track people. The measure makes placing a GPS device on another person’s vehicle without permission a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. The measure carves out exceptions for police, parents More >

Walker approves changes to recount fees

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that revamps Wisconsin’s election recount fee structure. Currently recounts are free if the margin is less than 10 votes with fewer than 1,000 votes cast or less than half-a-percent in larger elections. Requesters pay $5 per ward if the margin is 10 votes in More >

Walker signs bill to track students in remedial classes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a Republican bill that would require the University of Wisconsin System to complete a report tracking the origin high schools of students taking remedial courses. The measure would require the system to determine the high schools with more than six students who must take remedial English More >

Wisconsin governor signs microbead ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that bans microbeads, the plastic exfoliant in soap, toothpaste and other personal care products. Scientists recently discovered that microbeads are flowing by the billions from wastewater plants into the Great Lakes and other water bodies. Manufacturers have already started substituting microbeads with natural substances More >

Governor signs bill legalizing motorcycle lights

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that allows motorcycle owners to attached colored lights to their bikes. Wisconsin law prohibits operating a motor vehicle with lights other than white or amber in front and red in the rear. But colored LED lights are becoming more popular on motorcycles. The bill More >

Walker signs emergency allergy treatment bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that permits businesses to keep a supply of epinephrine injections to counteract life-threatening allergic reactions. Schools already can keep a supply of auto-injectors on hand. The bill allows camps, colleges, restaurants and other businesses to carry and administer the drug. Auto-injectors are used to More >

Governor signs bill outlawing lies about military service

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that makes lying about military service a crime. The Republican bill makes falsely claiming military service or a military award a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. If someone makes those claims intending to commit or aid More >

Milwaukee County bus drivers walk picket lines; bus service shut down

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Union bus drivers are walking the picket line in Milwaukee County in their first walkout in more than 35 years. Hundreds of bus drivers went on strike early Wednesday after contract negotiations between union leaders and transit officials broke down. Union leaders say the strike would last until Saturday. Union President James More >

Democrat Sanders brings his message to liberal Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is hoping for the biggest crowd yet in his longshot bid to upset expected nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton when he speaks in the reliably liberal Madison. Sanders said Tuesday that 9,500 people had said they intended to come to the speech on Wednesday night at a More >