State News

Democrat Bernie Sanders plans Madison rally next week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming to Wisconsin to host a town hall meeting in Madison. The Vermont senator announced on his website that he plans to host an hour-long meeting on Wednesday night. Sanders is mounting an underdog campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Wisconsin Gov. More >

Madison synagogue acquires Torah written by woman

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Jewish synagogue in Madison is acquiring a Torah that has some special significance — it’s one of only 12 Torahs worldwide that’s written by a woman. The Shaarei Shamayim congregation commissioned the Torah for its 25th anniversary celebration this weekend. Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman told WKOW-TV ( ) that few women More >

TV actor Dustin Diamond set to be sentenced after stabbing

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Television actor Dustin Diamond is scheduled to be sentenced on two misdemeanor charges stemming from a barroom stabbing in Wisconsin. The 38-year-old, known for his role as Screech on “Saved by the Bell,” was convicted May 30 of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. He is set to be More >

Chippewa Falls man gets prison for church check scheme

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A 23-year-old man accused in a scheme to cash stolen checks from a church in northwestern Wisconsin has been sentenced to three years in prison. The Chippewa Herald ( ) reports Isaac Lasiewicz of Chippewa Falls had pleaded no contest to financial crimes, misappropriating identifying information to get money and More >

Waukesha request for Lake Michigan water moves forward

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A request to use Lake Michigan water by a west suburb of Milwaukee is moving forward after a five-year review by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. State environmental officials said Wednesday that the city of Waukesha’s request could be approved under an interstate Great Lakes protection compact. The department says More >

Eau Claire County deer positive for chronic wasting disease

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A white-tailed deer in Eau Claire County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The state agriculture department says the doe was among 167 animals on a breeding farm. The doe died on the farm. Her sample was taken June 8, as required by the state when farm-raised deer or elk More >

Walker says Haley asked that he not talk about flag

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he didn’t initially offer his opinion on whether the Confederate flag should be taken down from the Capitol grounds in South Carolina because Gov. Nikki Haley asked him to hold off speaking about it. Walker commented about the flag Wednesday after signing a pair of bills More >

Kallies, Daniel Sr., age 85, of Hustler

Daniel Kallies Sr., age 85, of Hustler, WI.,  passed to his heavenly reward on Tuesday June 23, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 11:00AM at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in New Lisbon.  Relatives and Friends may call at the Hare Funeral Home on Friday June 26, More >

Committee OKs new state trooper contract

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The legislative committee that handles state workers’ contracts has approved a new plan for state troopers. The Republican-controlled Joint Committee on Employment Relations rejected a two-year deal in March that would have given troopers a 17 percent pay raise on average. Committee leaders said the full Legislature would never support such More >

GOP senator says goal remains to finish budget by July

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen says lawmakers are “moving closer” toward a deal to end a nearly monthlong budget stalemate, and the goal remains to have a new two-year spending plan passed by July 1. Olsen commented Tuesday after leaving a meeting with other Republican leaders who have been talking for More >