Wisconsin News

Foxconn falls short on jobs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group didn't create enough Wisconsin jobs in 2018 to immediately claim state tax credits. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the company finished 2018 with 178 full-time employees, 82 short of the minimum required to claim job-creation tax ...

Evers opposes GOP tax cut, makes offer on insurance bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans on Thursday unveiled an alternative way to pay for Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed income tax cut while also moving quickly to approve a state-level health insurance guarantee for people with pre-existing conditions. Evers came out against the ...

Menominee tribe appeals ruling on Back Forty mine permit

KESHENA, Wis. (AP) — The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin is appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of its challenge to a state permit for a zinc and gold mine planned for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The tribe contends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrongly allowed Michigan ...

Mursau to chair committee on forestry, parks and recreation

Madison — Representative Jeff Mursau, R–Crivitz, was sworn in for another term as the 104th Wisconsin Legislature. Mursau will serve on several committees this session including as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Forestry, Parks, and Outdoor Recreation. “I appreciate the continued ...

Wisconsin defendants sue over state public defender problems

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — A group of defendants from northern Wisconsin is suing over funding and staffing problems in the state Public Defender’s Office, arguing the rights of indigent defendants in Wisconsin to competent attorneys and speedy trials have been violated. The five men and one ...

Evers supports making recreational marijuana legal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who campaigned in support of legalizing medical marijuana, went a step further this week and said he now supports full legalization, giving hope to Democrats and other advocates who have pushed the issue unsuccessfully for years. Attorney ...

Complaint: Kidnapping suspect kept girl under bed

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — For nearly three months, prosecutors say, 13-year-old Jayme Closs was kept in a cabin and often forced to hide in a space beneath her kidnapper’s bed, going without food, water or a bathroom for hours, too terrified to flee from a man she knew had fatally shot both of ...

Lawsuit seeks to protect Wisconsin wedding barns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin wedding barns owners planned to file a lawsuit Tuesday against Gov. Tony Evers’ administration, seeking to ensure that private parties held at such venues don’t need to obtain liquor licenses. The lawsuit being filed Tuesday in Dunn County Circuit ...

Honors band weekend planned in Niagara

NIAGARA, Wis. — When the 15th annual Menominee River Conference Honors Band weekend kicks off Friday, a major composer of wind band music will be welcomed to the area to guide local student musicians through a world premier performance. An all-conference-caliber band of about 90 musicians ...

Kidnapping suspect targeted girl after seeing her get on bus

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months made up his mind to take her when he spotted the teenager getting on a school bus, authorities said Monday. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told detectives that "he knew ...

Wisconsin struggles to get tough on first DUIs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With a new Democratic ally in the governor’s office, a handful of Republican lawmakers are pushing for Wisconsin to join the rest of the country and criminalize first-offense drunken driving. On paper it might look like a can’t-miss bipartisan initiative, but it’s ...

Snowmobiler dies in crash with trees in northern Wisconsin

TOWN OF SCHOEPKE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in northern Wisconsin say a snowmobiler was killed in a weekend crash. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call about the crash in the Town of Schoepke just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Authorities say the snowmobile left a trail and struck trees ...

Man arrested in teen’s abduction

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for nearly three months before she managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for her, authorities said. Jayme Closs, 13, was skinny, ...

Drunk driving case to be heard

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a Wisconsin drunk driving law that has parallels in other states. Wisconsin law says law enforcement officials can draw blood from an unconscious driver without a warrant if they suspect the person was driving ...

Missing Wisconsin girl found alive; man arrested

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man is jailed in the deaths of a Wisconsin couple he killed because he wanted to kidnap their teenage daughter, investigators said Friday, a day after the girl approached a stranger along a rural road saying she'd been abducted in October and held against ...

Shopko to close six more stores in Wisconsin

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Shopko has announced the closure of six more stores in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin-based retailer announced late last year that it was closing 39 stores in 19 states by the end of February. The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that it has added to the list stores in ...

Shopko supplier says retailer will soon file for bankruptcy

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) — A pharmaceutical drug supplier to Shopko said the Wisconsin-based retail chain is expected to file for bankruptcy next week. McKesson Corp. said it supplied Shopko with $67 million in drugs since Nov. 11 but has not been paid since early December. McKesson this week ...

Baldwin seeks investigation into Air National Guard

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sen. Tammy Baldwin has asked Air Force investigators to look into allegations of sexual assault and harassment within a Wisconsin Air National Guard unit that were brushed aside by senior officers, according to a member of the unit. The Wisconsin Democrat sent a letter ...

Evers urges compromise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly sworn-in Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called for a rejection of “the tired politics of the past” in his inauguration speech Monday, urging lawmakers to find bipartisan solutions to the biggest issues facing the state. Evers, the state superintendent of ...

Figi’s laying off 276 employees

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A company with deep roots in central Wisconsin is closing most of its operations. Figi’s was founded in Marshfield in 1944 and markets cheese and meat gifts, candy and other goods directly to consumers. The company says 276 people will lose their jobs by ...