Wisconsin News

Minnesota regulators back power plant in Wisconsin

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have approved a proposal for a natural gas-fired power plant in Superior, Wisconsin, despite objections from customers and clean-energy groups. The Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 Monday to approve Minnesota Power’s participation in the ...

Court limits insurer’s payout in wildfire

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is limiting an insurance company’s payout in a massive northwestern Wisconsin wildfire. Logging equipment owned by Ray Duerr Logging LLC sparked the Germann Road Fire in Douglas County in May 2013. The fire consumed about 7,442 acres, destroyed ...

Man charged with burglarizing home where two killed

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man with burglarizing a Wisconsin home where a couple was killed and their 13-year-old daughter went missing, but authorities say he’s not a suspect in the case. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says 32-year-old Kyle Jaenke-Annis was ...

Wisconsin has addiction hotline

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has launched a new addition help line as the state sees hundreds of people annually die of fatal drug overdoses. The Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline began operating earlier this month, Wisconsin Public Radio reported . More than 820 people in the state ...

Rallies planned in Wisconsin ahead of election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The final push for early voting is on across Wisconsin, and high-profile surrogates are expected to rally with candidates for governor, the U.S. Senate and other offices ahead of the election just eight days away. Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers was ...

Wisconsin farmers concerned that mold could hurt profits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wet weather this year has delayed Wisconsin's grain harvest and caused widespread mold problems in farm fields, according to agriculture experts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects Wisconsin farmers to harvest a record amount of soybeans this year, but farmers ...

Walker, challenger Evers hold final debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers sparred over a host of hot-button topics during their second and final debate Friday with the election just more than a week away. Here's a look at the major takeaways from the debate at the ...

Obama aims to boost Wisconsin, Michigan turnout

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has appearances in Wisconsin and Michigan on today aimed at boosting turnout to aid Democrats, including black voters. Low turnout in Milwaukee by African-Americans proved costly for Hillary Clinton in 2016 when she narrowly lost Wisconsin. One ...

Investigators press for break in missing Wisconsin girl case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The search for a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl whose parents were killed enters its 12th day Friday and investigators still haven't said if they have clues as to what was behind the attack and suspected abduction. They have followed up on more than 1,700 tips and the FBI has ...

Trump decries violence but calls on media to end ‘hostility’

MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump decried the threat of political violence and called on the media to end its “hostility” hours after authorities intercepted bombs sent to a news network and prominent Democrats who have been the targets of some of his sharpest barbs. Trump’s ...

Sheriff feels ‘outpouring of support’ in missing girl case

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin sheriff thanked volunteer searchers who helped canvass the area surrounding the home of a 13-year-old girl who is believed to have been abducted and whose parents were killed. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a Facebook post Tuesday that ...

Authorities expand ground search for missing Wisconsin girl

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The search for a missing 13-year-old Wisconsin girl whose parents were killed in the family’s home was expanded Tuesday, with as many as 2,000 volunteers expected to take part in a grid search of the area. The new ground search for Jayme Closs comes several days after ...

Sanders rallies Wisconsin voters before Trump, Obama visits to state

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders urged college students and other supporters Monday at an early-voting rally on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus to throw Republican Gov. Scott Walker out of office and re-elect Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. The event ...

Defense points blame for toddler’s death elsewhere in Oneida County trial

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — A defense attorney for a Wisconsin woman accused of killing her young stepson is attempting to pin blame for the child’s death on the boy’s father. Thirty-year-old Ellen Tran is on trial in Oneida County for first-degree reckless homicide. Twenty-month-old Avery ...

Baldwin, Vukmir talk foreign policy in final debate

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican challenger Leah Vukmir talked foreign policy for the first time together in their final debate Friday by weighing in on the alleged killing of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi . They also drew contrasts on some ...

Search continues for missing girl

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a ground search has turned up nothing useful as investigators look for a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who vanished after her parents were found dead. Deputies discovered Jayme Closs’ parents shot to death in their home in rural Barron early Monday. The ...

Flooding disaster funds approved

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration related to flooding and storms across Wisconsin in August and September. The declaration announced Thursday by the White House makes individuals and businesses in the affected counties eligible for ...

Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin girl’s parents were shot to death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A missing Wisconsin girl’s parents were shot to death in their house while the girl was home, authorities said Wednesday as they urged the public to keep phoning in tips about her whereabouts. Investigators have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since ...

Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin teenager in danger, not a runaway

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn’t a runaway and investigators believe she’s in danger, a sheriff said Tuesday. Authorities have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since deputies responding to a 911 ...

Niagara parent-teacher conferences on Oct. 25-26

NIAGARA, Wis. — School District of Niagara parent-teacher conferences for grades 4K-12 will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 7 p.m. There will be no school for grades 4K-12 Friday, Oct. 26. Junior high and high school conferences (grades 6-12) will be on Oct. 25 and will be held in ...