State News

Man sentenced for break-ins, sex assault of college student

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — A 33-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison for breaking into students’ houses near the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and sexually assaulting one student. The Stevens Point Journal ( ) reports Nelly Makalin was also sentenced to five years of extended supervision on Tuesday. He had pleaded More >

First responders rescue person from burning van

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Emergency responders have rescued a person from a burning van in Chippewa Falls. Bystander video of the incident Tuesday night shows the person was dragged from the driver’s side of the van by two or three rescuers as the fire burned near the downtown area. WEAU-TV ( ) reports two More >

Alliant project at Madison headquarters studies solar energy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Alliant Energy is studying solar-energy technology in a project outside its Madison headquarters. The Wisconsin State Journal reports construction began Monday on the $5 million first phase of the project, which aims to study how solar energy works in a cold-weather climate like Madison. A second phase is expected next year. More >

Wisconsin tied with Iowa for No. 2 spot on ACT exam

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is tied with Iowa for the No. 2 spot among states on the ACT college entrance exam. Wisconsin held onto second place, just behind Minnesota, among states where significant numbers of students take the test. Wisconsin’s high school seniors scored an average composite of 22.2 out of a possible 36 More >

Fewer abortions performed in Wisconsin in 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new state report says the number of abortions performed in Wisconsin dropped 10 percent last year. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services released its annual report on induced abortions Tuesday. The report finds the number of abortions that occurred in the state fell from 6,462 in 2013 to 5,800 last More >

Police: Suspect in crash that killed bicyclist released

GERMANTOWN, Wis. (AP) — Police say a driver who was arrested in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Washington County has been released. Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said on the department’s Facebook page Tuesday that investigators need to prove who was behind the wheel at the time 50-year-old Keith Habenicht was struck More >

CEO of troubled economic development agency retiring

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The CEO of the state economic development agency that’s been besieged with problems since Gov. Scott Walker created it in 2011 is stepping down. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary Reed Hall said Tuesday he plans to retire from the agency. WEDC Board Chairman Dan Ariens thanked Reed for his leadership during More >

Man accused of hiding brother’s body found competent

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Ripon man accused of hiding his brother’s body has been found competent to stand trial in Fond du Lac County. Forty-five-year-old Robert Diamentis is accused of hiding his brother Richard’s body in a plastic barrel at their Ripon home. A criminal complaint says he hid the corpse for More >

Wisconsin court upholds Facebook defamation judgment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a judgment against a man accused of defaming a college lecturer on Facebook. According to court documents, John Beckett posted remarks in 2010 calling Stephen Laughland, a lecturer at Milwaukee-area colleges, a low-life swindler. Beckett posted the comments to impress his girlfriend, who was going More >

Court upholds judgment against Green Box

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld an $813,700 judgment against a Green Bay company that accepted more than a million dollars from Gov. Scott Walker’s troubled economic development agency. The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a Brown County judge properly awarded the money to Green Box NA Green More >