State News

Governor Applies For SBA Assistance For Western Wisconsin

(Madison, WI)  —  The governor’s office is asking for low interest loans to help flood victims in western Wisconsin. A request was sent Wednesday to the US Small Business Administration to help home and business owners in La Crosse and Trempealeau counties where up to eight inches of rain fell in July. The adjacent counties More >

Assembly Passes State Budget, Five Republicans Vote No

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Assembly debates the new state budget for eleven hours before passing it late Wednesday night 57-39. Five majority Republicans joined all Democrats in voting no: Joe Sanfelippo, Janel Brandtjen, Scott Allen, Bob Gannon, and Adam Jarchow. The two year, $76 billion package now goes to the Senate, where its fate More >

Judge denies motion to reduce sentence of Northwoods teen

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — An Oneida County judge has denied a motion to reduce the sentence of a teen convicted of killing her mother and stepfather in 2015. Nineteen-year-old Ashlee Martinson appeared by phone from the Taycheedah Correctional Institution on Wednesday. Her attorney, Mark Schoenfeldt, argued Martinson’s 23-year sentence was too long, especially considering the More >

Cause of Madison house explosion investigated

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what triggered an explosion that destroyed a house in Madison. The house exploded and caught fire Wednesday afternoon. Some neighboring homes were also damaged by the blast. Residents of eight homes close to the explosion have been displaced. Officials say a firefighter and a civilian in More >

Walker objects to challenger’s Wisconsin Education Plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker objected Wednesday to Wisconsin’s education accountability plan drafted by a Democratic challenger in next year’s election, saying it doesn’t embrace enough innovative ideas to help turn around struggling schools. Walker sent a letter to state Superintendent Tony Evers asking him to rework the plan, which all states are More >

Wisconsin man cuts off fingertips in encounter with ex

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is suspected of cutting off three of his own fingertips in an attempt to frame another man during a post-breakup altercation. Wood County police say the 21-year-old broke into his ex-boyfriend’s home in Marshfield on Saturday to discuss their relationship. Court records say the intruder tried to More >

Walker: North Korea ‘on the minds of just about everyone’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says “the issue of North Korea is on the minds of just about everyone we talk to” on a trade mission he’s leading to Japan and South Korea. Walker held a conference call with reporters on Wednesday from South Korea. He says business and government leaders he’s More >

Appeal by man who killed parents rejected again in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A judge has rejected another appeal by a man convicted of killing his parents in La Crosse County. Eric Koula represented himself in his latest appeal which was based on ineffective counsel, newly discovered evidence and that another family member had the motive and opportunity to kill his parents. La More >

Assembly To Act On Budget, Senate Doesn’t Have The Votes Yet

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Assembly will consider a two year, $76 billion state budget Wednesday. Majority Republicans will reportedly consider some minor, undisclosed changes in the package, which the Joint Finance Committee approved last week after two months of GOP disagreements on how to pay for road work. Easy passage is expected in the More >

Democrat Evers wants to change who appoints DNR secretary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers doesn’t want the governor to have the power to appoint the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. Evers announced Tuesday that he favors returning to having the Natural Resources Board make the appointment. Evers is the state superintendent and one of several Democrats running More >