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Evers, Holtz advance in Wisconsin state superintendent race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two-term incumbent state Superintendent Tony Evers will face former Beloit superintendent Lowell Holtz in the April 4 election to be the state’s top education official, after the two longtime educators advanced in Tuesday’s primary. Former Dodgeville administrator ...

Wisconsin road chief promises to do better

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Dave Ross promised lawmakers Tuesday he will improve the agency’s operations in the wake of a scathing audit and criticism from policy makers who are wrestling with whether to raise taxes to plug a projected $1 billion ...

Wisconsin schools superintendent field to be narrowed in vote today

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The field of candidates running for superintendent of Wisconsin’s public schools will be narrowed in Tuesday’s primary, with incumbent Tony Evers facing two challengers who have been sidetracked trying to explain allegations that they discussed working together to ...

Wisconsin fire victims identified

PITTSFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people found dead following a house fire in northeastern Wisconsin last week. The Brown County Sheriff's Office on Monday identified the victims as 49-year-old Allen Renier and 41-year-old Molly Brochman. Firefighters were ...

Wisconsin plan moves forestry division north

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin lawmaker says he believes Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to move the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ forestry division up north will help with recruitment. The governor’s 2017-2019 budget proposal requires the headquarters for the state’s chief ...

Wisconsin primary on Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The field of three candidates running for superintendent of Wisconsin's public schools will be narrowed to two in Tuesday's primary. Here are some questions and answers about the race. THERE'S A PRIMARY? Yes, just over three months since the presidential election ...

Fatal shooting investigated in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Green Bay. Officers responded to the shooting scene on the city’s east side about 3:20 a.m. Monday. They found one man dead and took a second man in custody. Police say they are in the early stages of the investigation ...

Deputies shoot, wound man during standoff in NE Wisconsin

TOWN OF ALMON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a disturbance call escalated and ended with a 52-year-old Wittenberg man being shot by deputies in Shawano County of northeastern Wisconsin. The Shawano County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that the suspect was taken to a hospital for ...

Sun sets on WI plan to end daylight saving time

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The sun has set on a bid to eliminate daylight saving time in Wisconsin. Rep. Michael Schraa, of Oshkosh, said Friday that he and Rep. Samantha Kerkman, of Salem, have decided to scrap the measure amid a social media backlash and will now actually push to make daylight ...

Duffy won’t run against Baldwin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy announced Thursday he won't challenge Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018, clearing the way for other Republicans who were waiting for Duffy to decide. Duffy, who was on MTV's "The Real World" in the 1990s and is a frequent guest on Fox ...

Lawmakers: Rural Wisconsin waiting for help

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — People in rural parts of Wisconsin can't wait any longer for faster internet access, more health care providers and better jobs, a group of Republican lawmakers said Tuesday. Members of the Rural Wisconsin Initiative held a news conference to present their plans for ...

Fatal crash with logging truck

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) — A man and woman in their 70s have been killed in a traffic crash with a logging truck in Shawano County. Sheriff’s officials said the collision happened about 4 p.m. Monday when the victims’ vehicle was struck by the truck at an intersection in the Town of Grant. A ...

Thousands protest immigration crackdown

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A sea of demonstrators on Monday marched from Milwaukee's predominantly Hispanic south side to the downtown courthouse to protest a plan that would deputize local law enforcement officers as federal immigration agents. Busloads of demonstrators from about a dozen ...

Babies born addicted to drugs on rise in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is seeing an increase in babies born dependent on opioids or other addictive drugs. Data from the state Department of Health Services shows 598 babies were born addicted, a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, in 2015. That’s up from 142 ...

Amanda Stuck

Lawmaker seeks apology from Walker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Democratic state representative who was a single parent says Gov. Scott Walker should apologize to Wisconsin's single and unmarried parents for suggesting the key to success in life is getting married before having children. Walker in his state budget address ...

Wisconsin lawmakers propose no daylight saving time

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers want to make the sun set earlier in the summer. Reps. Samantha Kerkman, of Salem, and Michael Schraa, of Oshkosh, introduced a bill Friday that would eliminate daylight saving time in Wisconsin. The move would mean state residents would no ...

Bill would ban fish farming in Great Lakes

FENTON, Mich. (AP) — A member of Congress is sponsoring a bill to prohibit fish farming in waters of the Great Lakes within the United States. Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan said poorly operated aquaculture facilities can increase pollution, destroy fish habitat, spread disease and ...

Walker continues to oppose gas tax increase for roads

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker reiterated his opposition to raising the gas tax to pay for roads on Thursday in the face of Republican legislative leaders who were looking for alternatives to key parts of his budget, including the proposal to cut University of Wisconsin tuition by 5 ...

Listing of bee as endangered postponed

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials have delayed the first-ever listing of a bee species in the continental U.S. as endangered — one day before it was to take effect. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Jan. 11 it was placing the rusty patched bumblebee on the endangered ...

WOLVES HOWL ON a trail in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A new report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison contends the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources underreported the number of wolves poached in that state in the past three decades. (Michigan Department of Natural Resources photo)

Report: Wisconsin DNR fell short on reporting wolf poaching

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources apparently underreported wolf poaching over the last three decades, according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study. University researchers reviewed the deaths of 937 wolves from October 1979 to April 2012, the Milwaukee ...