State News

Visitor fee for Apostle Islands ice caves generates $140K

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) — The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore plans to use thousands of dollars generated through a new fee for visiting the ice caves this winter to cover the cost of additional staff and equipment. Officials are calling the fee sustainable after it brought $140,000 in revenue, a portion of which was shared with More >

Wisconsin Senate to consider ride-hailing bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate is set to vote on a bill that would create statewide regulations on ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The measure would prohibit any local ordinances governing ride-hailing companies. Instead, the companies would have to purchase a $5,000 state license, conduct driver background checks and maintain liability More >

Wisconsin Senate to consider eliminating gun waiting period

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate is set to take up a Republican bill that would eliminate Wisconsin’s decades-old 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases. The waiting period was enacted in the mid-1970s. The bill’s chief sponsor, Sen. Van Wanggaard, a Racine Republican, says the waiting period was meant to allow time for background More >

Wisconsin Senate to consider 2 union contracts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate is set to consider approving raises for a pair of public worker unions. Gov. Scott Walker’s administration negotiated new deals with the Wisconsin State Attorneys Association and the Building Trades Negotiating Committee that would give those unions’ members a 1 percent pay raise. The deals are for the More >

Mitchell Airport director Slaybaugh resigns after 3 months

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The director of Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee has resigned after being on the job for less than three months. Terry Slaybaugh’s resignation was announced Monday in a statement by the Milwaukee County executive’s office. According to the statement, Slaybaugh said the transition for his family has been difficult, so he’s decided More >

Same-sex couple wants both names on birth certificate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A same-sex couple who sued for the right to marry in Wisconsin wants a federal judge to mandate that both gay parents’ names appear on their children’s birth certificates. Karina Willes and Kami Young were among a group of same-sex couples who convinced U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to legalize gay More >

Racine police investigating attempted homicide of man, woman

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are investigating an attempted homicide after a man and woman were seriously injured in a cutting incident in Racine. Lt. Alfred Days of the Racine Police Department says officers found the victims after responding to the scene about 6 a.m. Sunday. He says the victims were taken with serious injuries More >

Man in custody in 4-year-old boy’s death

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy has died after being seriously injured at a home in rural Sheboygan County last Friday. The Sheboygan County sheriff’s office said Monday a man has been taken into custody on suspicious of reckless homicide in connection with the boy’s death. The sheriff’s office got a 911 More >

Police: Teen who crashed stolen car in Milwaukee has died

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has died after crashing a stolen car during a police chase in Milwaukee last week. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office says Marco Hilson of Milwaukee died late Saturday at Children’s Hospital. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1QbpS6f ) reports the car Hilson was driving had been taken at gunpoint More >

Wisconsin home sales jump 16 percent in March

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Realtors Association says sales of existing homes in Wisconsin jumped 16 percent in March, compared with the same time a year ago. The median sales price rose almost 9 percent. In a statement, association Chairman Dan Kruse says the housing market “is definitely heating up” heading into the prime home More >