Wisconsin News

Evers contemplates budget options

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday wouldn't rule out the possibility of paying for roads without a gas tax increase as he proposed but that Republicans who control the Legislature plan to reject. The Democratic Evers called for an 8-cent per-gallon increase as the ...

Arrest in 43-year-old murders stuns town

LAKEWOOD, Wis. (AP) — Word of the arrest — via a friend’s text message — hit Wayne Sankey like a thunderbolt. “I said, ‘You gotta be kidding me,’” Sankey recalled. “And then I told the wife and she couldn’t believe it. ‘There’s no way,’ she said. ‘Ray down the ...

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers rule out gas tax increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature’s top Republicans say they’ll scrap Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal to raise the gas tax to help pay for roads but may consider raising registration fees. Evers’ budget would raise the gas tax by 8 cents per gallon initially ...

Judge denies Shopko bankruptcy plan

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected Shopko’s bankruptcy plan. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Thomas Saladino applauded the efforts of Shopko officials, creditors, attorneys and consultants to bring the matter to a close. But, Saladino refused to approve the plan this week ...

Wisconsin hemp bill draws opposition from law enforcement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan proposal designed to help Wisconsin’s fledgling hemp industry as it enters its second year faces opposition from law enforcement agencies concerned about a provision that would allow drivers to have THC in their blood. The bill, heard by a Senate committee ...

Youth training center slated to close in Laona

LAONA, Wis. (AP) — A job training center that has served hundreds of disadvantaged youths is closing in northern Wisconsin. The closure of the Blackwell Job Corps Center in Laona comes as part of a Trump administration plan to cut 1,100 jobs in the Forest Service Job Corps Civilian ...

Vassar awarded Nsight scholarship

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence High School senior Savannah Vassar has been chosen to receive the $1,200 Nsight Telservices scholarship for 2019. Vassar has served her school and community through National Honor Society, Student Council, and TORPEDOS. She maintained a high level of academic ...

Tattoo establishments must meet licensing requirements in Wisconsin

FLORENCE, Wis. — Individuals wanting to provide tattoo and/or body piercing services are required to undergo an inspection and meet licensing requirements on an annual basis in Wisconsin. The inspections are regulated by Department of Safety and Professional Services and conducted by local ...

Panel votes to continue UW tuition freeze

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee voted Tuesday to continue a University of Wisconsin tuition freeze for another two years and give the system about $58 million in additional state money, less than half as much as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wanted ...

Wisconsin tourism is being transformed by its grape growers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin might be best known for its beer offerings, but the state’s wineries are drawing tourists from across the Upper Midwest. The state’s winery tasting rooms welcomed an estimated 1.78 million visits in 2015, bringing in nearly $50 million in wine tourism, ...

Great Lakes colder than normal for May

DETROIT (AP) — It’s certainly more chills than thrills in the Great Lakes as the summer season unofficially kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend. National Weather Service officials say water temperatures this week range from the 30s in Lake Superior to the 50s in southern Lake ...

Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs gets life in prison

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents after the girl told the judge she that wanted him "locked up forever" for trying to steal her. Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts ...

Florence joins Click It or Ticket

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County Sheriff’s Office will join hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign through June 2. “As we enter another major travel season, we’re reminding motorists that wearing a ...

Local invasive species group celebrates 10 years with event

FLORENCE, Wis. — In March of 2010, the Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) held their first Annual Partner Meeting and on Friday, June 7 they will celebrate a decade of invasive species management with the very same event. he event will be held in the lower level meeting space ...

Wisconsin units combined

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul is combining the state Department of Justice’s environmental and consumer protection units in an effort to gain an additional environmental attorney position. Kaul, a Democrat, announced the move Thursday. He said in a news release that ...

Man who kidnapped Jayme Closs could get life in prison

A Wisconsin man could spend the rest of his life behind bars for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents in a case that mystified authorities until the girl made a daring escape from the remote cabin where she was held for 88 days. Jake Patterson, 21, was scheduled to be ...

Wisconsin DNR board disallows bear hounds in new zone

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bear hunters won’t be able to use hounds in central Wisconsin under changes the Department of Natural Resources board made to the agency’s bear management plan Wednesday after opponents called the practice a blight on the state. The revisions mark the first updates ...

Outages in Wisconsin

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — High winds have knocked out power to thousands of people in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Service says the outages impact nearly 24,000 customers in Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Brown, Vilas and Portage counties. About 3,700 customers in Tomahawk and nearly 3,400 in ...

Wisconsin panel approves technical college increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee approved more money for Wisconsin’s technical colleges on Thursday, but fell $11 million short of what Gov. Tony Evers and Democrats wanted to spend. The Joint Finance Committee is working on making changes ...

Five states announce new suits over prescription opioids

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The company, ...