Wisconsin News

Budget panel rejects Walker tuition cut, maintains freeze

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget-writing committee rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed University of Wisconsin System tuition cut Thursday, choosing instead to keep rates frozen for another two years. The Joint Finance Committee also reduced the funding increase Walker ...

Wisconsin seeks to be first state to drug test Medicaid applicants

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening, a move that could serve as a national model. Walker’s plan, which needs federal approval, comes as he prepares to run ...

Wisconsin woodchuck hunt debated

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Outdoorsmen on Wednesday urged the Wisconsin Assembly's natural resource committee to approve a bill that would establish a woodchuck hunting and trapping season, saying it would protect gardens, flowerbeds and building foundations from the creatures' incessant appetites ...

Man killed by officer ID’d

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say the man fatally shot by police in Appleton was from Milwaukee. The Outagamie County Coroner’s Office and Green Bay police say 33-year-old Jimmie Montel Sanders was killed at Jack’s Apple Pub early Sunday morning. Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas ...

Fatal shooting in Appleton

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Investigators plan to review security camera footage and police body camera video of a fatal encounter at a bar in downtown Appleton. Police Chief Todd Thomas says Lt. Jay Steinke shot and killed a gunman in what he describes as an “extremely dynamic and chaotic ...

Appleton police: Officer kills subject with gun at bar

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer fatally shot a person who had a gun at a bar in downtown Appleton. An Appleton Police Department statement says officers on foot patrol got a report of a shooting inside Jack's Apple Pub just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers saw people ...

Wisconsin eyes fewer buck-only counties for hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources wants to again reduce the number of counties where hunters can shoot only bucks this fall in a sign Wisconsin’s herd continues to grow. The agency’s board is poised Wednesday to approve a 2017 season structure that would ...

New Great Lakes research center gets $20M grant

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is establishing a research institute focused on sustainable management of the Great Lakes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is funding the new Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research with a five-year, $20 million ...

Firefighters work the site of the damage after a tornado ripped through Prairie Lake Estates trailer home park, just north of Chetek, Wis., Tuesday. The tornado swept into the mobile home park in western Wisconsin as a storm system also pounded parts of at least seven states from Texas to near the Canadian border with heavy rain, high winds and hail. (Dan Reiland/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo)

Tornado leaves one dead in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Storms whipped through a wide swath of the nation’s midsection, giving rise to tornadoes that flattened a Wisconsin mobile home park and an Oklahoma subdivision and killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others. The storms hit Wisconsin late Tuesday afternoon ...

Two killed in car-semi crash in Oconto County

OCONTO FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Two people have died in a crash in Oconto Falls. The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office said it happened about 4 p.m. Saturday on County Highway B at Beaver Lake Road, when the car’s driver failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck by a semi-tractor ...

Wisconsin seeing alfalfa losses

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Unusual seasonal weather variations have made it tough on alfalfa crops in some parts of Wisconsin. A warmer-than-usual winter and a cold wet spring have caused a significant portion of the alfalfa crop to fail in Manitowoc County. University of Wisconsin Extension ...

GOP proposes selling historic Allouez prison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators have developed a plan to sell a landmark prison in northeastern Wisconsin and open a new facility they say will save money, improve safety and open up land for redevelopment. Rep. Dave Steffen and Sen. Frank Lasee have introduced a bill that calls ...

Groups at odds over university free speech bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican plan to punish students who disrupt free speech on college campuses ran into opposition Thursday at its first public airing in the Legislature, with critics saying it impedes the very thing it seeks to protect. The Assembly’s higher education committee ...

Assembly OKs drug screening for public benefits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More people would have to undergo drug screening to be eligible for state-run work programs under a Republican proposal the Assembly passed Wednesday. Democrats say the idea is an ineffective way to treat addiction and unfairly targets low-income people. The bill's ...

Updated Wisconsin state highway map now available

MADISON, Wis. —A valuable planning tool for summer road trips is now available. The latest version of the Wisconsin state highway map, a cooperative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Department of Tourism, not only reflects recent changes to state and local ...

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A GRAY WOLF at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn., in 2004.

Ruling expected on wolf status

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan could again find themselves in hunters' crosshairs — possibly as soon as this fall if federal protections are removed for the predators. A ruling is expected soon from an appeals court that recently lifted protections for ...

Round goby blocks boaters

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Boaters traveling from Green Bay to Lake Winnebago are facing obstacles because of the invasive round goby. Most of the 16 locks that run between De Pere and Appleton on the Fox River are open, but two of them will remain closed this season, Wisconsin Public Radio ...

Walker doesn’t support Assembly GOP gas tax changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans' plan to pay for Wisconsin roads by applying the sales tax to gas has run into a roadblock in Gov. Scott Walker. The GOP governor and Assembly Republicans have been grappling over how to fill a projected $1 billion shortfall in the state's ...

Walker would consider waiver to raise pre-existing premiums

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that he would consider seeking a waiver to let insurers raise premiums for people with pre-existing medical conditions if the House Republicans' health care plan becomes law. House GOP members narrowly passed the bill Thursday that would ...

Wisconsin road plan would cut, raise taxes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans unveiled a complex and far-reaching road-funding proposal Thursday that would cut gas taxes in Wisconsin, apply the sales tax to fuel purchases, put a new fee on hybrid vehicles and lower income taxes with the goal of moving to a flat tax. Assembly ...