State News

Wisconsin Democrats propose gun restrictions for buses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from the Madison area are circulating a bill that would give state and local governments the authority to prohibit weapons on public transit. Its unveiling Thursday comes even though Republican leaders overseeing record majorities have already said they have no interest in such legislation. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled More >

Wisconsin transportation secretary divides Senate panel

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state Senate committee is divided about whether to support Gov. Scott Walker’s pick to head the state Department of Transportation. The Republican-controlled Senate Transportation and Veterans Affairs Committee voted 3-2 along party lines Thursday to approve the confirmation of Dave Ross. The full Senate will vote on confirming Ross in More >

Judge dismisses group’s lawsuit against John Doe officials

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against investigators and former state officials involved in a now-halted secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign. The Wisconsin State Journal reports Thursday ( ) that U.S. District Judge William Conley tossed the lawsuit by the conservative group the John K. MacIver More >

Ron Johnson cool to Paul Ryan-Donald Trump health care plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says the Republican health care proposal back by President Donald Trump doesn’t do enough to curtail eligibility for Medicaid or to reduce health care premiums. Johnson is among Republicans lukewarm to the overhaul of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. In an interview on WNYC with More >

Cullen creates gubernatorial fundraising committee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Democratic state Sen. Tim Cullen is taking another step toward running for governor. Cullen on Wednesday filed paperwork to create a campaign committee, a move that allows him to begin raising money for the effort. Cullen says he’ll make a formal announcement on his candidacy at the end of April. More >

Restaurant manager accused of groping employees found dead

NEW BERLIN, Wis. (AP) — A Waukesha County restaurant manager accused of groping and making sexual comments to teenage employees has been found dead. WISN-TV ( ) reports the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office says Michael Bernicky died Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A criminal complaint says the 61-year-old man managed the Great More >

Police: Missing Door County teen could be in Oshkosh

Sturgeon Bay Police are asking for the public to be on the lookout for a missing teen. Louis Jefferson Amelinckx, 17, was reported missing on Monday, March 13. Police say he left Sturgeon Bay with two men. It’s believed he stayed at an apartment complex in Green Bay for several hours before traveling to Oshkosh. More >

Conservationists, farmers to clash at wells hearing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservationists and farmers are set to clash at a hearing on a new bill that would relax high-capacity well regulations. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has introduced a bill that would allow well repairs, replacement, reconstruction or transfer ownership without state oversight. The measure also would require the Department of Natural More >

Two Manitowoc students arrested for bringing a gun to school

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have arrested two students suspected of bringing a loaded gun and ammunition to a school in Manitowoc. Police say the resource officer at Wilson Junior High School received tips from students that a gun was in school Tuesday. Using the tips, school officials found .22-caliber ammunition inside a student’s backpack. More >

Panel prepares to purge non-voters from registration rolls

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Elections Commission is getting ready to purge people who haven’t gone to the polls in years from registration rolls. State law requires elections officials to examine registration records, identify qualified voters who haven’t voted in four years and mail them a notice warning they’ll be removed from the rolls More >