State News

Man accused of killing wife expected to testify

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) – The Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp is expected to take the stand in his defense. Mark Bucki’s attorneys say they expect to call the 50-year-old defendant to the stand early Tuesday. Bucki has denied killing his wife, 48-year-old Anita Bucki, following More >

More than 30 vehicles pile up on icy highway

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) – More than 30 vehicles piled up on an icy highway in Milwaukee County. Two trucks, two buses and other vehicles were involved in the crash on Highway 45 in Wauwatosa about 10:30 p.m. Monday. The sheriff’s department says only one person was injured. A return to freezing temperatures made the roads More >

Utility to start aerial power line inspections

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – Northwestern Wisconsin residents might soon notice a helicopter cruising over their neighborhoods. Xcel Energy plans to start a six-day aerial inspection its transmission lines on April 21. Helicopter crews will look for defects, loose fittings and other potential problems that could cause outages. The patrols will take place during the day. More >

FBI director to meet with reporters in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The head of the FBI is scheduled to meet with reporters in Milwaukee, as part of his effort to visit all of the agency’s 56 field offices. FBI Director James Comey was in Chicago on Monday. There he talked about his agency’s efforts to reduce street crime. His discussion in Milwaukee on More >

Project Veritas vows more oversight on politicians

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The videographer behind the video that led to Sen. Mike Ellis bowing out of state politics after 43 years says politicians should get used to being watched. A recording showed Ellis talking about setting up a political action committee, which would be illegal. Ellis resigned two days after the video was released. Political More >

Scott Fitzgerald won’t run for open US House seat

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he won’t run for the congressional seat vacated by longtime Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri. Fitzgerald released a statement Monday saying he won’t rule out a run for higher office in the future. But he said he plans to return next session as majority leader. The statement More >

Sauk Prairie land open for recreation

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) – Visitors are free to roam the former Badger Army Ammunition plant property for the first time since the 1940s. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will open the sprawling 7,500 acres of land adjacent to Devils Lake State Park each day of the week through May 27. Most of the 1,500 More >

Group asks Supreme Court to stay out of John Doe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A liberal-leaning group has asked the state Supreme Court to stay out of a dispute over subpoenas in a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between conservative groups and recent recall campaigns. The judge overseeing the probe, Gregory Peterson, granted a request from Club for Growth members in January to quash five More >

No criminal charges in river crash that killed 4

WINONA, Minn. (AP) – Winona County law enforcement officials say no criminal charges will be filed as a result of a Mississippi River crash that killed four people. Three men and a female driver died in January when their SUV crashed through a guardrail in Winona and plunged through the ice. At a news conference More >

Wisconsin representative won’t seek re-election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Another member of the Wisconsin Assembly says he won’t seek re-election this fall. Press-Gazette Media reported Saturday that Rep. Chad Weininger, a Green Bay Republican, has taken a job as Brown County director of administration. He’ll make $98,125 a year. He currently makes nearly $50,000 as a state representative. Weininger says he’ll keep More >