State News

Assembly Republicans to pass school testing pause bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans in control of the state Assembly say they will pass a bill next month that ensures results from the Badger Exam being taken by grade school students this spring will not be used against teachers or schools. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and other Republicans said Thursday they will pass a More >

Packers’ Thanksgiving game will displace traditional meal

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers’ Thanksgiving matchup with the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field will displace a long-held tradition in the stadium’s atrium. For more than a decade, Christian Outreach Ecumenical Ministry has hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of people at Lambeau. The Packers game against their longtime rival More >

Couple wants both names on daughter’s birth certificate

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of the couples at the forefront of efforts to overturn Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban is fighting a new legal battle. The Milwaukee area parents want both of their names on their daughter’s birth certificate. Kami Young gave birth to the couple’s child, Olyvia, last year after getting pregnant with donated sperm. More >

Ex-deputy with Lou Gehrig’s disease not guilty in killings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy with Lou Gehrig’s disease has been found not legally responsible in the killing of his wife and sister-in-law. Forty-year-old Andrew Steele pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the Aug. 22 shooting deaths of his 39-year-old wife, More >

Police investigating Madison man’s death as homicide

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have launched a homicide investigation into the death of a 76-year-old Madison man. Madison police say the man was found dead inside his apartment Saturday morning after neighbors noticed several newspapers outside. The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1d2HpOA ) reports suspicious circumstances surrounding the death have prompted police to investigate it More >

Wisconsin DOJ charges trucker with multiple sexual assaults

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice has charged an Oconto-based trucker with multiple counts of child enticement and sexual assault of a child. According to a criminal complaint, 45-year-old Rodney Enneper assaulted five boys during road trips in his truck, in the Machickanee Forest in Oconto County and in his trailer between More >

Cozart homers twice, Reds outslug Brewers in 16-10 win

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each hit two-out grand slams, powering the Cincinnati Reds past the Milwaukee Brewers 16-10 on Tuesday night. Zack Cozart hit two homers for the Reds, whose offense has reawakened for 22 runs in two games in Milwaukee after manager Bryan Price went on a profanity-laced tirade in More >

Budget panel to discuss Wisconsin hunting, fishing fees

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget committee is set to discuss whether to keep hunting and fishing fees at their current levels. The Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday is set to consider some of the issues related to the Department of Natural Resources. Gov. Scott Walker did not call for any increase in hunting More >

Funeral in Marshfield for guard member who died in Japan

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Flags are flying at half-staff at state buildings and military installations to honor a Wisconsin Air National Guard member who died in a fatal fall in Japan. A funeral service will be held Wednesday in Marshfield for Airman 1stt Class Kelly Tomfohrde. The 22-year-old guard member was deployed to Japan with More >

Judge dismisses lawsuit contending illegal body searches

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that contends Milwaukee police conducted an illegal body search. The lawsuit is one of the dozens that allege Milwaukee police went too far when searching suspects. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman decided the facts claimed by Devin Ragland could not support a judgment in his More >