Wisconsin News

Study: Ships move non-native species in the Great Lakes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new study on ballast water discharge has found Great Lakes ships are moving non-native species from the lower lakes to western Lake Superior. The study was conducted by the Great Waters Research Collaborative, which is a project of University of Wisconsin-Superior’s ...

DNR report: Wolf population in Wisconsin may be leveling off

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state’s wolf population may be stabilizing after decades of growth, according to a report from the Wisconsin Department of Resources. Volunteer trackers reported between 900 and 950 wolf sightings this winter, a slight decline compared to the numbers from the ...

Wisconsin to get $86M less for I-94 work

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state of Wisconsin will be receiving $86 million less than what it requested from the federal government to pay for upgrades and expansion of Interstate 94 south of Milwaukee, but Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday work will still be done by 2021. The state has an ...

UW budget increases student fees

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System regents are set to approve a new budget that would increase student fees as well as room and board costs. The regents are scheduled to approve the 2018-19 budget Friday at UW-Milwaukee. The spending plan calls for raising student fees ...

Wells Fargo selling banks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wells Fargo is exiting retail banking operations in three Midwestern states as the beleaguered company follows through on previous plans to reduce the number of locations it has open. The San Francisco bank said Tuesday that it will sell 52 retail bank branches in ...

Wisconsin loans out cameras to catch elder abuse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When women at a group home for cognitively disabled elderly in Green Bay heard that the home’s old proprietor was moving back in, they were terrified. One swore to the home’s supervisor that she wouldn’t allow it: John, she said, was “dirty.” “I don’t like ...

Wisconsin candidates file for election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's fall ballot took shape on Friday, with candidates filing nomination papers ahead of the state Elections Commission's end-of-the-day deadline. Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bid for a third term and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin's re-election run were ...

Elderly woman found dead in burned home

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) — An elderly woman has died in a house fire near Tomahawk. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says a family member found the 86-year-old victim in the burned home Thursday afternoon. Authorities say the fire had started possibly a day before and had burned itself ...

Safety of single-engine choppers questioned

HAZELHURST, Wis. (AP) — It may be months before federal investigators determine what caused a deadly medical helicopter to crash in northern Wisconsin last month. The Ascension Spirit 2 flight crashed April 26 in Hazelhurst, killing three crew members, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The ...

UW researchers study bats, mosquitoes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A recently published study by University of Wisconsin researchers found the bats they studied ate 17 different types of mosquitoes, including nine that are potential carriers of the West Nile Virus. Researchers studied two species of bats; the little brown bat and the ...

Study: Water at Lake Superior island has high plastic pollution

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A recent study of 35 national parks found the waters off an island in northwestern Wisconsin had the highest concentration of plastic pollution. The National Park Service, South Carolina’s Clemson University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

Milwaukee airport to collect change to fund homeless program

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County wants to collect spare pocket change from airport travelers to help the homeless. James Mathy, the Milwaukee County housing administrator, told Wisconsin Public Radio that containers near security checkpoints at General Mitchell International Airport in ...

Bike safety class held with Florence third graders

FLORENCE, Wis. — Will you or your child be riding a bike soon? Riding a bike has so many benefits. It is fun, provides easy transportation, good exercise and families can enjoy time together. The Florence County Health Department wants kids and families to increase physical activity and do ...

Prosecutors: No charges in Wisconsin mental patient’s death

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin prosecutors decided Wednesday they won’t file charges against a mental hospital doctor in connection with a patient’s death. State inspectors say the Winnebago Mental Health Institution patient fell at 10 a.m. on Oct. 15 and became unresponsive, but it ...

Vinehout commits to governor race; Mitchell gets endorsement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor Mahlon Mitchell scored a major union endorsement Thursday, while another closed the door on†the possibility she might quit the race to seek another state Senate term. Mitchell, the head of the state firefighters union, won ...

Court: Lifetime GPS monitoring not punishment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says judges don’t need to tell child molesters they’ll be subject to lifetime GPS monitoring when they enter pleas because monitoring doesn’t amount to punishment. The case stems from convicted child sex offender DeAnthony Muldrow’s 2015 ...

Court says adults can be charged for earlier crimes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reaffirmed that criminal charges in adult court can be brought against defendants for activity that happened when they were juveniles. The court on Friday unanimously affirmed a lower court’s ruling against a man who was 19-years-old ...

Florence students participate in Solo and Ensemble Festival

FLORENCE, Wis. — Thirty-five middle and high school student musicians from School District of Florence County prepared for the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) District Solo and Ensemble Festival held in Crandon Wisconsin this spring. Over the past six months, WSMA has hosted more ...

Green Bay teacher faces child enticement, stalking charges

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A high school music teacher in Green Bay is accused of improper conduct involving a student. Authorities allege 37-year-old David Viste pursued a 17-year-old boy, inviting him to house parties and bombarding him with more than 1,000 messages via text and Snapchat, ...

Wisconsin court rules insurance policy doesn’t cover bulldog attack

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says an insurance company doesn’t have to cover a bulldog attack that left a woman hospitalized. Shawn Lievense’s bulldog, Tank, attacked Sara Hanson and Kathryn Baumann-Mader in Kenosha County in 2015. Police tried to shock Tank with a stun ...