Wisconsin News

UW-Madison starts free tuition program for transfer students

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison promises to cover tuition and fees for first-generation college students from Wisconsin who transfer from one of the university system’s two-year colleges. Almost 140 students qualified for the Badger Promise ...

Wisconsin says hackers had no impact on election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's voter registration system was unsuccessfully targeted by Russian hackers before last year's election, the Wisconsin Elections Commission said Friday. The commission, which had long insisted it was not the subject of any hacking attempts, said it was notified ...

Leaders: $271B needed for Great Lakes water systems

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — State leaders say the Great Lakes region needs to drastically improve public water systems. The Great Lakes Commission this week called for upgrading wastewater treatment plants, storm water pipes and drinking water filtration systems. The commission, which represents ...

Walker vetoes budget item that was intended to help low-revenue schools

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday vetoed 99 parts of the state budget, including a provision supported by Republican legislative leaders and educators that would have allowed low-spending school districts to raise more money from property taxes. Walker released the vetoes ...

Right-to-carry gun bill clears Wisconsin panel

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Concealed weapons could be carried in Wisconsin without a permit under a "right-to-carry" bill headed to the state Senate for a vote as soon as next month. The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee voted 3-2 along party lines Tuesday to pass ...

Hintz elected leader of Assembly Democrats

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State Rep. Gordon Hintz was elected Tuesday as Democratic leader in the state Assembly, running unopposed to take over midway through the session. Hintz, of Oshkosh, urged Democrats to avoid in-fighting and unite in order to counter Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans who ...

Carrying concealed weapons without permit up for vote in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The carrying of concealed handguns without a permit would be legal under a bill up for approval in a Wisconsin state Senate committee. The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee planned to vote Tuesday on sending the Republican-backed proposal to the full Senate ...

Kohl’s to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores

Menomonee FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Kohl’s, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month. Kohl’s Corp. said Tuesday it will pack and ship eligible Amazon return items for ...

Slender Man juror: Doctors’ testimony key to finding

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of 10 jurors who decided a Wisconsin girl was mentally ill when she helped stab a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man said Monday the most powerful evidence was testimony by medical experts. Anissa Weier, now 15, will go to a mental hospital ...

Walker to sign $3B in Foxconn incentives

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign into law a $3 billion incentive package for electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group. Walker announced Sunday he will sign the bill on this afternoon at Gateway Technical College near Racine. That southeast part of Wisconsin ...

MUTE SWANS SWIM in the Lullwater, covered by duckweed, in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in New York. The non-native species is targeted for destruction by wildlife managers in New York and other states because of the threat it poses to aquatic habitat and native waterfowl. But animal welfare groups are fighting plans to reduce the population. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Graceful menace: States take aim at non-native swans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With its snow-white plumage and elegant posture, mute swans are exalted in European ballets and fairy tales as symbols of love and beauty. But to many wildlife biologists, they are aggressive and destructive invaders in U.S. habitats and must be wiped out. Native to ...

Aging population challenges Wisconsin amid worker shortage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s health care industry is facing challenges from a growing worker shortage. As baby boomers retire, there will be more health care consumers, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. However, the number of workers to provide those services is projected to remain ...

Wisconsin Senate passes state budget, sends it to Walker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate passed the state budget on Friday 11 weeks after it was due thanks to a last-minute deal with reluctant Republicans, sending the $76 billion spending plan to Gov. Scott Walker who promised to make several vetoes to secure the deal. It took some late ...

Wisconsin Legislature approves $3B incentive for Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly sent a $3 billion incentive package for Taiwan-based Foxconn to Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday, signing off on a deal to lure the electronics giant to the state with the biggest subsidy to a foreign company in U.S. history. The bill approved on a ...

Wisconsin Legislature to approve $3B Foxconn package

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature is set to approve a $3 billion incentive package to lure Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to the state. Foxconn plans to build the first flat-screen display factory outside Asia in southeast Wisconsin, not far from Chicago. The state ...

Senators want changes in Wisconsin budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans passed the state budget after a 10-week delay Wednesday, sending the $76 billion spending plan to a Senate chamber paralyzed by GOP infighting. The Assembly passed the bill 57-39 after 11 hours of debate. The Senate must pass an identical document ...

Psychologist: Shared delusion led to Slender Man stabbing

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A shared delusion and an interest in the paranormal led two girls to stab another 12-year-old girl in a Wisconsin park as a tribute to the fictional horror character Slender Man, a psychologist testified Wednesday. Melissa Westendorf was appointed by a judge to ...

Gov. Walker objects to challenger’s school plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker objected Wednesday to Wisconsin's education accountability plan drafted by a Democratic challenger in next year's election, saying it doesn't embrace enough innovative ideas to help turn around struggling schools. Walker sent a letter to state ...

Wisconsin Senate approves $3 billion for Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate approved nearly $3 billion in cash payments for Foxconn Technology Group on Tuesday, while also giving the Taiwanese company a slightly less expedited path to the state Supreme Court for certain legal challenges related to a planned massive ...