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State judges are asked to pull out of campaign donors’ cases

(Madison, WI) — Fifty-four retired Wisconsin judges want the State Supreme Court to make current judges withdraw from cases that involve their campaign donors. In 2010, the Supreme Court told judges on all levels that a litigant’s campaign spending is not enough to make a judge withdraw. Now, the retired judicial group has filed a More >

Fond Du Lac High School, police deal with threat

(Fond du Lac, WI)  —  Students and others will see a bigger police presence at Fond du Lac High School, where a staff member found a note in a hallway which threatened an incident for Thursday. Police and school administrators say they do not believe the threat is credible, after they investigated it. But Principal More >

Wisconsin lottery winner sentenced for stalking teen girl

(Marinette, WI)  —  A Wisconsin man who became an instant millionaire with a winning lottery ticket has been sentenced for stalking and other charges related to his obsession with a teenage girl who rejected his advances. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that 50-year-old Douglas P. Miron was sentenced on Tuesday to one year in jail More >

Oshkosh man accused of abusing two-month old daughter

(Oshkosh, WI)  —  A 31-year-old Oshkosh man has been arrested on suspicion of abusing his two-month old daughter. Television station WBAY reports that the Oshkosh Police Department says the child suffered injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Investigators say the alleged abuse happened Tuesday. Police say the father took the child to Mercy Medical Center. More >

Sisters found unharmed in Kansas

GENOA CITY, Wis. (AP) — Two girls reported missing in southeastern Wisconsin have been taken into protective custody in Kansas. Authorities say eight-year-old Katie Brick and six-year-old Jenna Brick were last seen Tuesday leaving a home in Genoa City with their mother who does not have custody of the sisters. Police say the girls were More >

State of State: Walker touts roads, jobs, tax cuts

(Madison, WI)  —  Governor Scott Walker is vowing to grow Wisconsin’s workforce in his annual State of the State address. The Republican was addressing both houses of the Legislature for the seventh time Tuesday afternoon. He put a positive spin on some of the state’s hottest issues, and he borrowed a line from Ronald Reagan More >

More teens buy tobacco illegally in central Wisconsin

(Wausau, WI)  —  More teens in central Wisconsin appear to be buying tobacco illegally. That’s according to surveillance checks of retailers in the Wausau and Stevens Point areas, as part of the ongoing “Wisconsin Wins” program. Police enlist underage volunteers to try and buy tobacco, which is illegal for those younger than 18. According to More >

Walker’s State of the State surprise: A UW tuition cut

(Madison, WI)  —  Governor Scott Walker has been known to drop surprises in his annual State of the State addresses to the Legislature. On Tuesday, the Republican Walker said for the first time he would include a tuition cut for UW students as part of the state budget he’ll submit to lawmakers next month. Walker More >

Police video released in La Crosse officers’ shooting

(La Crosse, WI)  —  La Crosse Police and sheriff’s deputies have released squad car video of a suspect being shot by two officers December 30th. The video showed 37-year-old Daniel Lexvold getting out of his truck and swinging a logging chain which he refused to drop upon officers’ orders, and after the officers failed to More >

Ex-Natural Resources leaders urge Walker not to split agency

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Five former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretaries are urging Gov. Scott Walker and legislators to reject a proposal to divide the agency and scatter its responsibilities across state government. Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow has proposed placing wildlife and fisheries management in a new Department of Fish and Wildlife and handing More >