State News

Bucks Arena Vote Could Be Today In The State Assembly

The Wisconsin Assembly speaker says he’s confident that the state’s funding package for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena will pass when his chamber takes it up today. Robin Vos believes most of his G-O-P members are on board with the 250-million-dollar proposal — the same one the Senate okayed 13 days ago. With a number More >

Environmental Laws Could Change If Scott Walker Gains The Presidency

 If Governor Scott Walker becomes our next president, states would create their own environmental laws — and the federal E-P-A would merely be a referee to resolve interstate disputes.  The Republican White House hopeful spells out his environmental policy in an interview with the Washington Examiner, and at a campaign stop in Chicago. Walker is More >

Assembly leader says Bucks arena bill has votes to pass

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican leader in the Wisconsin state Assembly says the votes will be there to pass a bill approving a $500 million financing plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena. Republican Majority Leader Jim Steineke said Monday that there are at least 30 Republican votes for the plan and he expects More >

Charges: Milwaukee father took blame for son’s fatal hit-run

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man may soon be free after admitting he took the blame for a fatal hit-and-run to protect his son. A judge on Monday vacated the sentence for 45-year-old Juan G. Silva Sr. Silva had been sentenced to five years in prison, based on his confession. The Journal Sentinel ( ) More >

Property taxes to drop $3 under new state budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Property taxes on the typical Wisconsin home are projected to decrease $1 on bills mailed this December and $2 next year. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a new estimate Monday on property taxes for a home valued at just over $154,000 based on the state budget recently signed by Gov. More >

Fadness leaving Wisconsin GOP to join Walker campaign

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican Party executive director Joe Fadness is leaving his position to join Scott Walker’s presidential campaign. The state party announced the move on Monday. Mike Duffey will take over as director of the state GOP. Fadness will be in charge of running the national ballot access program to qualify Walker More >

Schimel to host open government summit following uproar

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is hosting an open government summit this week, just weeks after he spoke out against proposed changes to the open records law that would have kept many government records private. Schimel tells the Wisconsin State Journal ( in a story published Monday that he wants to More >

Cellphone signal leads searchers to crashed plane

BRISTOL, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say they tracked a cellphone to southeastern Wisconsin in their search for a small plane that was long overdue at the Experimental Aircraft Association convention. The bodies of two men were discovered in a crashed plane in a field in Kenosha County on Sunday. Authorities had picked up a signal More >

Lab that received anthrax decontaminated

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin commercial laboratory that mistakenly received live anthrax spores had been decontaminated and reopened. BBI Detection, of Madison, was one of 86 facilities in 20 states and seven other countries that received the anthrax specimens in May from the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The Army said it More >

Police renew search for lion-like animal

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Officers armed with rifles and Department of Natural Resources staff carrying tranquilizer guns searched a ravine and surrounding neighborhood for an elusive lion-like animal after police were among those who spotted big cat in Milwaukee. Police called in canine units as they searched thick bushes near Lincoln Creek Sunday. Curious citizens joined More >