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Police arrest Racine man accused of killing roommate

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Police have arrested a 27-year-old Racine man accused of killing his roommate at an apartment on the city’s north side. Jacob Wayne Rogers has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of a 27-year-old Andrew Jones. Police say Jones was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in an apartment Monday More >

Lawmaker asks about plan for possibly losing subsidies

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades says it would be up to the federal government to deal with the fallout if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that subsidies offered under President Barack Obama’s health care law are unconstitutional. Rhoades was asked Tuesday during a briefing before the Legislature’s budget committee More >

State DHS secretary defends SeniorCare cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades says no one will get kicked off the state’s popular prescription drug program SeniorCare under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget. Walker’s proposal requires that SeniorCare enrollees first sign up for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program and use state benefits under SeniorCare as a More >

Assembly planning for 24 hours of debate on right-to-work

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin state Assembly plans to start debate of the right-to-work bill at 9 a.m. Thursday and end no later than 9 a.m. Friday. Republican Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke said Tuesday that the 24 hours of debate time was negotiated with Democrats. He says Democrats wanted 48 hours of debate. Republicans also More >

Superintendent: Walker schools budget is unsustainable path

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s schools superintendent is warning the Legislature’s budget committee that Gov. Scott Walker’s K-12 education budget plan continues an unsustainable downward trend in funding. Walker’s two-year spending plan calls for holding public schools’ money essentially flat. It also would do away with a $150-per-student payment schools in the first year of the More >

Walker says he will sign ban on abortions after 20 weeks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he will sign into law a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Walker on Tuesday issued what he called an “open letter on life” in which he stated his support for the ban, saying he expects the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass such a bill. Walker, a More >

Holmen police say suspect arrested in Iowa in woman’s death

HOLMEN, Wis. (AP) – Police in western Wisconsin say a suspect in a woman’s death has been arrested in Iowa. Officers in Holmen, north of La Crosse, were asked to do a welfare check on the woman Monday night. Officers found her dead about 7 p.m. Holmgren Police Chief Mike McHugh tells WKBT-TV (http://bit.ly/1FRWiLR ) that the More >

Feingold plans to travel Wisconsin ‘extensively’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democrat Russ Feingold says he plans to travel Wisconsin “extensively” after leaving his post at the State Department, but he’s not saying yet whether he will try to return to the U.S. Senate. Feingold said in a Facebook post Tuesday that he wants to listen to Wisconsinites about their concerns as he More >

Students plan sit-in during UW budget briefing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin students opposed to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to give the System more autonomy from state oversight and laws plan to “occupy” a legislative hearing because they say they’ve been ignored. Students say in a press release that they plan to speak out at Tuesday’s budget briefing before the Legislature’s More >

Supreme Court upholds conviction in ice pick slaying

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Milwaukee man who is serving a life sentence for killing his girlfriend with an ice pick, saying the evidence against him was overwhelming. The court on Tuesday affirmed the 2010 conviction of Eddie Lee Anthony in the stabbing death of Sabrina R. More >