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Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond to a shooter Wednesday at an apartment complex in Rothschild, Wis. Four people including a police officer are dead and a suspect is in custody. The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT team, were in a standoff with the suspect late in the afternoon, Wausau police Capt. Todd Baeten said at a news conference. The area is about 90 miles west of Green Bay. (AP photo)

Dispute, standoff leave four dead near Wausau

WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Four people including a police officer are dead and a suspect is in custody after shootings at a bank and a law firm in the Wausau area, followed by a standoff at an apartment complex that ended in a volley of gunfire. Police characterized the initial shooting at the ...

Panel votes to purge cases from online court database

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's courts director is considering removing records of criminal cases that ended in dismissal or acquittals from the state's popular online courts database within months, rather than decades, out of concern that people are abusing the information. The move could ...

La Crosse considers banning unlimited drink specials at bars

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The La Crosse City Council is considering banning “all you can drink” specials. The proposed ordinance would prohibit selling an unlimited amount of alcohol for a fixed price, selling three or more drinks for the price of one and contests involving alcohol, ...

More Holtz campaign emails released

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More emails released Tuesday show Lowell Holtz discussing his campaign for state superintendent using his Whitnall Public School account when he worked there as head of the district. The liberal group One Wisconsin Now released the emails it received under the state ...

This 2016 file photo provided by The Xerces Society shows a rusty patched bumblebee in Minnesota. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday officially designated the bee an endangered species. It is the first bee species in the continental U.S. to receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. (Sarah Foltz Jordan/The Xerces Society via AP, File)

Rusty patched bumblebee declared endangered

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The rusty patched bumblebee on Tuesday became the first officially endangered bee species in the continental U.S., overcoming objections from some business interests and a last-minute delay ordered by the Trump administration. One of many bee types that have ...

Professors pressed on teaching time

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin chemistry professor Robert Hamers has a jam-packed day ahead: an hourlong lecture, a conference call with colleagues about nanotechnology, meetings and plans to check on students in the lab. With a workweek that he estimates often extends to 65 ...

Supreme Court seems divided in property rights dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court struggled on Monday over a property rights dispute that could make it tougher for state and local governments to limit development in coastal areas. The case involves a family's effort to sell part of its riverfront land in Wisconsin. The family ...

Wisconsin faces tax battle with big box stores

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature. Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to close the so-called ...

DNR: 7 percent of Wisconsin deer tested had CWD

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources says a little more than 7 percent of deer tested last year were infected with chronic wasting disease. Data on the DNR's website shows 441 of 6,039 deer analyzed tested positive for the disease, a prevalence rate of 7.3 percent. ...

Wolf-dog hybrids seized in Crandon

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin woman is expected to face charges after 30 wolf-dog hybrids and 14 horses were seized from the Crandon area. Authorities had received complaints about the owner breeding wolf-dog hybrids — the result of breeding a wolf with a domestic dog, ...

Justices to hear property rights dispute over family’s Wisconsin land

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Murr family’s path to the Supreme Court began on the scenic banks of Wisconsin’s St. Croix River, when a group of siblings tried to sell one of two waterfront plots. The idea was to use the money from the vacant lot to pay for improvements on a rustic cabin that ...

In a file photo, Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Lake Michigan are seen from the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City.

Lawmakers resist Great Lakes cuts

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It sounds like an idea that would warm a conservative Republican's heart: Kill funding of a regional environmental cleanup that has lasted seven years and cost the federal government more than $2 billion, with no end in sight. If states want to keep the program ...

A sandhill crane takes flight. If you interested in learning more about Wisconsin's wildlife, enroll your property in Snapshot Wisconsin and get a firsthand look at what is in your backyard.

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Snapshot Wisconsin rolls into Marinette and Oneida counties

MADISON, Wis. — Landowners in Marinette, Oneida and St. Croix counties who would like to play an important role in wildlife management are encouraged to check out Snapshot Wisconsin. Snapshot Wisconsin is a citizen science effort to capture images of all types of wildlife including deer, ...

Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter sits on a store shelf Friday, March 17, 2017 in Edina, Minn.  Wisconsin consumers tired of trekking across state lines to buy a popular Irish butter are taking their fight to court. A 1953 state law bans the sale of Kerrygold butter in Wisconsin, along with any other butter that hasn’t been locally graded for quality. A handful of butter aficionados filed the lawsuit, saying it’s unconstitutional to require butter sold in the state to undergo a government-mandated taste test.  (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Ban on Irish butter sparks fight in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin resident Jean Smith snatches up entire stocks of her beloved Kerrygold Irish butter from stores when visiting family in Nebraska, thanks to an antiquated law in her dairy-obsessed state that bans it and any other butter that hasn’t been graded for ...

Alpine Valley taking the 2017 season off

EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) — A historic musical venue in southeastern Wisconsin is taking the season off. Alpine Valley Music Theatre says it will close for the 2017 season, the first time that’s happened since it opened in 1977. The amphitheater’s manager Live Nation says the acts that ...

Official: Sanders shares blame for minors voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials Tuesday blamed undertrained poll workers and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ social media posts for dozens of instances in which 17-year-olds managed to vote in last year’s state presidential primary. A commission report found that as many as 70 ...

Report: 17-year-olds voted illegally in Wisconsin primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dozens of 17-year-olds voted illegally across Wisconsin during last spring's intense presidential primary, apparently wrongly believing they could cast ballots if they turned 18 ahead of the November general election, according to a new state report. Wisconsin Elections ...

Judge blocks ban for Syrian family fleeing to Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge Friday blocked President Donald Trump’s administration from enforcing his new travel ban against a Syrian family looking to escape their war-torn homeland by fleeing to Wisconsin. The ruling likely is the first by a judge since Trump issued a revised ...

Foundry, supervisors indicted in asbestos probe

BERLIN, Wis. (AP) — Grede Foundry and three supervisors have been indicted for allegedly obstructing an investigation into asbestos exposure to workers at the company’s now-shuttered facility in Berlin. The seven-count indictment alleges conspiracy, obstruction and false statements. The ...

Meth ring pleas entered

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nineteen people have pleaded guilty in a drug ring that authorities say trafficked 127 pounds of methamphetamine from the Minneapolis area to central Wisconsin communities over a three-year span. U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil in Wisconsin says 14 of the suspects have been ...