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State News

Convicted Killer Sentenced To Live With No Chance Of Parole

A 29-year-old Princeton man will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering his girlfriend last year, then burning her body.  A Green Lake County judge sentenced Antonio R. Contreras to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday.  He was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide after admitting her shot 55-year-old More >

Scott Walker:  Re-Election Loss Wasn’t A Rejection

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says his failed re-election campaign wasn’t a rejection by the voters.  Walker points out that he actually got the most votes he’s ever received.  The governor had been quiet since Election Day, saying he hadn’t spoken to the media to give Governor-Elect Tony Evers time to talk about the transition.  What More >

UW-La Crosse Chancellor Apologizes For Inviting Porn Star To Speak

The chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse says he will personally reimburse the school for the speaking fee paid to a porn star.  Chancellor Joe Gow has apologized for inviting adult film actress Nina Hartley to speak about female empowerment, sexual consent and how porn is a safe fantasy.  Her five-thousand-dollar speaking fee was More >

Democrats Choose Hintz For Minority Leader

Oshkosh Representative Gordon Hintz will return as minority leader for the legislative session starting in January.  Democrats re-elected Hintz during a Tuesday meeting which lasted less than five minutes.  Hintz has been a member of the Wisconsin Assembly since 2006 and was first elected to the leadership position last year.  He was unopposed during Tuesday’s More >

Democratic Lawmakers Push For Reworking How Legislative District Boundaries Are Set

A Democratic state senator from Green Bay says he plans to re-introduce a bill which would create a nonpartisan committee to draw boundaries for legislative districts.  The future of the legislation backed by Senator Dave Hansen is limited because it has been killed in the past and Republicans still retain control of the Legislature.  Democrats More >

Transition Budget Approved For Incoming Governor

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has approved the transition budget for incoming Governor Tony Evers.  The committee gave unanimous approval to the almost 95-thousand dollars expenditure request Tuesday.  The money covers the cost of seven employee salaries, equipment, supplies, travel and legal expenses.  State law requires the budget approval to be completed within a week More >

Vos Chosen For 4th Term as Speaker Of Wisconsin Assembly

Republican Robin Vos has become one of the longest-serving Assembly speakers in Wisconsin history.  He was re-elected to a fourth term Monday.  Vos says he wants to work with incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers, but he pledges to “stand like bedrock” on issues important to the G-O-P, saying his party won’t “roll over and play More >

Black Youth Summit Teaches Students To “Know Your Worth”

Middle and high school students attending last weekend’s Black Youth Summit in La Crosse heard eight featured presentations.  The black, bi-racial and multi-racial students heard talks on knowing their worth and understanding money.  Discussions focused on leadership and social issues.  While some elementary students attended the Saturday session, they have their own summit in the More >

Beer Battle Starts In Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday

Attorneys for beer-makers Pabst and MillerCoors will be in court Monday to battle over a long-standing partnership which has MillerCoors brewing product for the smaller company.  Pabst says it will go out of business if the larger company stops making, packaging and shipping almost all of its product.  Illinois-based MillerCoors says it isn’t obligated to More >

Wisconsin Senate Leader Says His Party Isn’t Trying To Undermine New Governor

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says his party isn’t trying to undermine incoming Governor Tony Evers.  Fitzgerald says Republicans just want to put into law agency rules which have been enacted in recent years.  There was an outcry when Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, another Republican, said steps would be taken to limit Evers’ powers.  More >