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Flu peaking in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The flu season is nearing its peak in Wisconsin. The federal government on Friday added Wisconsin to the map of states with severe, widespread outbreaks of influenza. State epidemiologist Tom Haupt said this is “a severe year” for the flu, but the peak is getting ...

Prosecutor clears deputy in eighth-grader’s death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy was justified when he shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a tribal reservation last year, a prosecutor said Friday. Ashland County District Attorney Michael Nieskes cleared Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich of any criminal liability in ...

Fired food worker to stand trial for stadium chase

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A fired Lambeau Field food service employee will stand trial on accusations he chased down a former co-worker and another man with his car and rammed their vehicle and others. Chay Vang is facing seven charges, including recklessly endangering safety. A criminal ...

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Democrats flip conservative Wisconsin district

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Democrat has been elected to represent a traditionally conservative Wisconsin Senate district where voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump in 2016, in an upset that Democrats suggest could lead to more Republican losses in the state. Patty ...

Bill would make ‘catfishing’ a crime

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Impersonating someone on social media would be made a crime under a bill up for a vote in the Wisconsin Assembly. The measure slated for approval Tuesday targets the practice known as "catfishing." That is one someone impersonates another person online with the intent ...

Walker wants to move up youth prison closure

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker called on the Republican-controlled Legislature on Tuesday to act this year on converting Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison to an adult facility, a faster time frame than he originally proposed just two weeks ago. The greater urgency comes amid ...

Rising Great Lakes water levels keep companies busy

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Rising water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are keeping shoreline stabilization, dock and hoist companies in Michigan busy. The Army Corps of Engineers says water levels for the two lakes averaged 580 feet in December, which is nearly 2 feet higher than ...

Wisconsin corn, soybean crops down

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin farmers produced smaller corn and soybean crops last year than in 2016, while potato production was up slightly. The Agriculture Department reports that the state’s soybean production was down 6 percent and grain corn production was down 11 percent. Alfalfa hay ...

Wisconsin DNR to up camping fees at most popular parks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is unveiling plans for a new pricing system for camping and daily admission at state parks. Daily rates are going up at the most popular locations of Devil's Lake, Peninsula and Willow River, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ...

Republican behind student discipline bill takes on critics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin school administrators need to get tougher on violent students, a Republican lawmaker said Thursday as he defended his bill that would allow teachers to demand student suspensions and require principals to report violent students to police. Rep. Jeremy ...

Vos: Wetlands bill should pass but could look different

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says a bill that would allow developers to fill state wetlands without a permit should pass the chamber but the proposal could look different than what lawmakers have presented so far. Vos said Thursday that the bill’s chief sponsor, ...

Master Gardener Volunteer Training to start in Marinette

Marinette, Wis. — There are only a couple weeks left to sign up for the 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer training. The Level One training course is the first step in becoming a UW-Extension MGV. University of Wisconsin-Extension of Marinette and Oconto Counties is offering the MGV training ...

Platteville schools closed after threatening online post

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Schools in Platteville have been closed due to a threatening social media post. Police tell WKOW-TV that the post referenced a possible active shooter, though they didn't immediately find anything credible. Superintendent Connie Valenza tells WKOW and WISC-TV that ...

Businessman convicted in scrap metal racketeering scheme

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A businessman has been convicted in a scheme that bilked a Fond du Lac firm out of $14 million. WLUK-TV reports Sterling Kienbaum, of Oshkosh, pleaded no contest to racketeering and theft by false representation Thursday. Four other theft counts were dismissed, ...

Soglin running for governor in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Longtime Democratic Madison Mayor Paul Soglin joined the race for Wisconsin governor Wednesday, immediately tying Republican Gov. Scott Walker with President Donald Trump and attacking both of them as violating and undermining American principles of fairness and ...

Walker gets behind funding boost for low-spending schools

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker got behind a proposal Monday to boost aid for rural schools and allow low-spending districts to raise their property taxes without a vote, similar to a change he vetoed from the state budget. Walker announced his support in an interview with The ...

Rural student loan reimbursement bill debated

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican bill that would reimburse student loans for out-of-staters who move to rural Wisconsin will create winners and losers among the state’s counties and could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, Democrats predicted Thursday. The proposal from Rep. Ed ...

Five arrested in tribal death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in northern Wisconsin have arrested five people in connection with a Lac du Flambeau tribal member’s death. The state Department of Justice issued a news release Thursday saying Wayne Valliere Jr. was last seen on Dec. 22. His body was discovered in Iron ...

Plan would move juveniles out of troubled Wisconsin prison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Juveniles would no longer be housed at a Wisconsin youth prison complex that’s been the target of a federal investigation and multiple lawsuits alleging inmate abuse under an $80 million plan announced Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker. The reorganization would change the ...

Audit: Fair contract records shoddy, temps worked too much

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Auditors say the State Fair Park has been keeping shoddy contract records, allowed temporary workers to exceed their allotted hours and lacks a plan for the Milwaukee Mile. The Legislative Audit Bureau released a report Friday reviewing park operations from mid-2013 ...