State News

Carroll University Names New President, Again

(Waukesha, WI)  —  Carroll University of Waukesha will try again to have its first female president in its 170 year history. The private school announced Tuesday that Cindy Gnadinger has been named to replace Doug Hastad, who’s about to retire. She comes in after Sara Stoelinga withdrew, two months after she accepted the job. The More >

Remains found in Town of Ixonia fire came from two people

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — Jefferson County authorities say the human remains found in a shed after a fire in the Town of Ixonia last month came from two people. Sheriff Paul Milbrath says one set of remains has been identified as 61-year-old Brion Downie, who lived in a home on the property. The second set of More >

Wisconsin students banned from commencement after prank

WRIGHTSTOWN, Wis. (AP) — Some eastern Wisconsin high school students say administrators have gone too far in banning them from their graduation ceremony over a senior prank. The Wrightstown School District officials say a group of 20 students toilet-papered the trees and wrote graffiti on bricks outside its high school May 7, WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/2pGdDKg ) More >

More Storms On The Way

(Undated)  —  More thunderstorms are expected in much of Wisconsin Tuesday afternoon and evening, after large hail and heavy rains fell on Monday. Parts of Dane County had hail as big as baseballs. Cuba City had wind gusts up to 68, some trees and power lines fell in south central areas, semitrucks were said to More >

Wisconsin Dept. of Justice: 63 of 6000 sexual assault kits tested so far

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Only about 60 of 6,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits sitting on Wisconsin shelves have been analyzed so far, state Department of Justice officials said Monday. Attorney General Brad Schimel has said the kits are sitting for a variety of reasons, including that prosecutors decided some cases were too weak to More >

Milwaukee County inmate dies from carfentanil overdose

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says a House of Correction inmate has died from an overdose of the powerful opiod carfentanil. The 52-year-old inmate, identified as Larance Curtis McMorris, died April 30th at a hospital. His death has been ruled an accident, and the medical examiner says he’s the fourth confirmed More >

Wisconsin officials plan informal meeting after backlash

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin natural resources officials are planning to meet for a social hour and dinner despite their pledge to give up informal meetings following complaints of violating open-meeting laws. The state’s Department of Natural Resources policy board will gather in a downtown Madison pub this month despite promising in October to end More >

Cranberry research facility planned in Wisconsin

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — Plans are being made for a new research facility to support Wisconsin’s $1 billion cranberry industry. The Wisconsin Cranberry Research and Education Foundation said Monday it’s purchasing about 155 acres in Jackson County for the research station. The purchase is being made with federal funds and private contributions. The foundation More >

Conservatives push for requiring 7-year rule renewals

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state chamber of commerce and a conservative advocacy group are praising a new Republican proposal that would require all state administrative rules to expire every seven years unless renewed. But Democrats fear such a move would make it easier to undo consumer, workplace and environmental protections and a host of More >

Voters urge Supreme Court to uphold gerrymandering ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of voters is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a ruling striking down Wisconsin’s GOP-drawn legislative districts. The voters sued in 2015 alleging the boundaries are unconstitutional and discriminate against Democrats. A panel of three federal judges agreed in November. Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel has asked the More >