State News

3 people die in Jefferson County crash

TOWN OF HEBRON, Wis. (AP) – Three people have died in a single-vehicle crash in the Town of Hebron in Jefferson County of southern Wisconsin. Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath says in a statement that it was reported shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday on Highway D. He says the preliminary investigation at the scene and a More >

Trempealeau County sand moratorium to expire

WHITEHALL, Wis. (AP) – Trempealeau County’s year-long moratorium on silica sand mining is set to expire at the end of this month. The Winona Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1tlRZnV ) the county board voted 8-7 against extending the moratorium at a packed meeting this week. The extension request came from a county health committee. During the moratorium, a study More >

UW regents OK $95 million budget request

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System’s Board of Regents has approved asking Gov. Scott Walker for $95 million in additional tax dollars in the next state budget. The regents voted unanimously to forward the request to Walker during a meeting at UW-Oshkosh on Thursday afternoon. System President Ray Cross wants the money More >

Federal court to unseal some John Doe documents

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal appeals court has decided to unseal more documents in a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign. Prosecutors have been looking into whether Walker’s 2012 recall campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups on advertising and fundraising. One of the groups, Wisconsin Club for Growth, has convinced a federal judge to More >

Police given $28 million in surplus military gear

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Records show the Pentagon has given police agencies in Wisconsin more than $28 million in surplus military gear in the past decade, including assault rifles, grenade launchers and mine-resistant trucks. Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs documents obtained by Gannett Wisconsin Media (http://wdhne.ws/1z61NlN ) under the state’s open records law show more More >

2 companies settle with Wisconsin in scam lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two out-of-state companies have agreed to pay $50,000 to consumers and Wisconsin after the state sued them for scamming people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and airline tickets. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1BFttCd ) the state Department of Justice announced the settlement Wednesday. It had accused Texas-based Green Palm More >

Darlington man gets 25 years for child pornography

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A judge has sentenced a Darlington man to 25 years in federal prison for making sexually explicit videos of girls. Timmy Reichling received the mandatory minimum sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to producing child pornography in June. The judge sentenced the 47-year-old to a life term of supervised release. Authorities seized More >

Wisconsin agency to hold open government seminars

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Justice will hold its annual open government seminars again this fall. DOJ experts will explain key principles of the state’s open meetings and open records laws during the three-hour sessions. The first seminar is scheduled for Oct. 17 in Madison. The second is set for Oct. 27 in More >

Media coalition wants John Doe documents unsealed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A coalition of media and open government groups are pressing a federal appeals court to release nearly three dozen documents linked to a secret probe into Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign. Prosecutors have been looking into whether Walker’s 2012 recall campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups. A federal judge halted the probe in More >

Milwaukee zoo visitors stuck when ride stops

MILWAUKEE (AP) – About a dozen visitors to the Milwaukee County Zoo were stuck in the air for about a half hour when a ride malfunctioned. The Sky Glider stopped Wednesday afternoon and a back-up system had to be activated to restart it. Zoo spokeswoman Jennifer Diliberti-Shea tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/VGgI9d ) everything was orderly, More >