State News

Arrest means more training for Green Bay police

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A Green Bay officer who was recorded throwing a man to the ground during an arrest has been cleared of wrongdoing, but police are using the experience as a teaching tool for its officers and new recruits. A Press-Gazette Media (http://gbpg.net/1k69Q0K ) says police acknowledge that better communication skills could have More >

Highway worker hurt by shovel in Fox Valley

VILLAGE OF LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (AP) – An Outagamie County highway worker suffered serious injuries after being hit by a shovel that fell from a truck. The Fox Valley Metro Police Department says it happened about 9 a.m. Thursday in the Village of Little Chute. WBAY-TV (http://bit.ly/1oRP5lf ) reports the employee was working along U.S. Highway 441 More >

Republican says replacing standards difficult

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Republican leader of the state Senate says replacing Common Core education standards as Gov. Scott Walker wants will be “difficult.” Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in a statement Friday that while there may be support for repealing current standards, “developing new standards that satisfy everyone’s concerns will be much more More >

Walker defends Trek ad as Burke responds

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is defending his television ad that says Democratic challenger Mary Burke made millions off of Trek Bicycles and the company shipped jobs overseas. Walker said Friday that he is simply stating facts in the ad, which suggests that Trek is employing children to work in its China plant. Trek president More >

Wisconsin high court approves police window knock

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that police knocking on the window of a car does not by itself violate a person’s constitutional right against unreasonable seizures. A divided court on Friday reversed a lower court’s ruling that overturned a drunken driving conviction of a man who was arrested after he rolled More >

8 years in prison for crash that killed 5-year-old

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a 5-year-old boy in Kenosha County. Twenty-nine-year-old Marcus Thornton blew through a stop sign last September, slammed into a vehicle and killed Bailey McCollum. A video tribute was played in Kenosha County More >

Chippewa, EPA set meeting on Gogebic mine

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – The six tribes of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Federation will meet with federal environmental officials next month to outline their objections to Gogebic Taconite’s mining plans in the Lake Superior region. The tribes sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency at the end of May asking officials to invoke a section of the More >

Man pleads not guilty to human trafficking in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Wisconsin man accused of bringing females to North Dakota’s oil patch and forcing them into prostitution has pleaded not guilty in federal court. KXMB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1mnpyi9 ) that 31-year-old Levell Durr pleaded not guilty to coercion and enticement. Authorities allege that he used drugs and physical violence to keep the females compliant More >

Back to school for year-round students

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – Even though summer is far from over, some students in La Crosse are back in school. Thursday was the first day of classes at Hamilton Elementary, which is among schools in Wisconsin that have a year-round academic calendar. Principal Steve Michaels says Hamilton operates on a 45-15 schedule. The quarters are More >

Wisconsin officials offer propane purchasing tips

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin consumer protection officials are offering propane users tips on purchasing more gas. A number of Midwestern states, including Wisconsin, grappled with a pronounced propane shortage this past winter due large to extended periods of frigid weather, a pipeline closure and heavy propane demand for drying grain. The state Department of Agriculture, More >