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Three Wisconsin hunters wounded

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Three hunters shot and wounded themselves on the opening day of Wisconsin's gun deer season. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Recreational Safety Warden Mark Little says the first happened in Brown County about 5:30 a.m. Saturday. A 49-year-old man was working ...

Fine proposed in fatal blast

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin milling company should pay $1.8 million in fines for failing to prevent a fatal plant explosion earlier this year, federal labor officials announced Friday. The Didion Milling Co. corn processing plant in Cambria exploded on May 31, killing five workers and ...

Wisconsin’s Johnson first GOP senator to oppose tax overhaul bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party’s tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders. Passage of a similar package seemed certain today in the House, where a handful of dissidents conceded they ...

Green Bay deals with rat problem

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay and Brown County governments are setting aside money to deal with a rat problem in the city. Both are dedicating $5,000 in their 2018 budgets for the problem, which some describe as extreme. Deena Heins lives near Lambeau Field. She told WBAY-TV that she ...

Walker ends Wisconsin’s minimum hunting age

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that eliminates a minimum age requirement to hunt in Wisconsin. The bill allows a person of any age to participate in a mentored hunt. The law had previously required a child to be at least 10 years old to participate in a mentored ...

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Drinking age bill sponsor downplays bar ownership

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The lead sponsor of a bill to lower Wisconsin's drinking age downplayed the fact that his wife owns a campground that has a bar advertised as the "local cheers joint," saying Friday that concerns his family would financially benefit from the law change were ...

Foxconn deal signed

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Terry Gou have signed off on a $3 billion contract for the Taiwanese company to build a massive display-screen factory in southeast Wisconsin. Walker and Gou signed a contract Friday that locks the state ...

A GRAY WOLF. A new Wisconsin bill would prohibit law enforcement from prosecuting anyone for killing a wolf, unless the federal government removes the animal from the federal Endangered Species list. 
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Bill would end Wisconsin wolf protection

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some northern Wisconsin legislators are proposing a bill that would end the state’s efforts to manage wolves and force police to ignore wolf killings, unless the federal government removes the animals from the endangered species list. The Republican lawmakers — Reps. ...

Wisconsin Legislature OKs water skiing without spotters

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Water skiing without a spotter would be legal in Wisconsin under a bill sent to Gov. Scott Walker. The bill passed Thursday would allow for a pilot to operate a boat pulling someone on water skis without a second person, or spotter, on board. The boat would have to be ...

Wisconsin Assembly approves limits on police body cam access

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican-backed proposal limiting the public’s access to footage from police body cameras cleared the Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday, despite objections from open records advocates and Democrats who say it will quash the public’s ability to view certain ...

University of Wisconsin regents approve merging campuses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a plan Thursday to merge the system’s two-year schools with its four-year campuses, brushing aside opponents’ complaints that faculty and students weren’t consulted and the proposal is too vague. The ...

Crashes reported in Florence County

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County deputies were called to a number of minor traffic accidents Wednesday and Thursday. Donald DeMuth, 76, of Talkeetna, Ark., apparently fell asleep while driving on State Highway 101 near Town Hall Road in the town of Fern about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, causing ...

Bill would set drinking age at 19 in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s beer-loving reputation would get a boost under a proposal to lower the state’s drinking age to 19. But teenagers shouldn’t reserve those kegs just yet. The bill, circulated Wednesday by three Republican lawmakers including the former president of the ...

Foxconn deal signed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group officials say they look forward to building a plant in Mount Pleasant after the state’s economic development board signed off on a contract handing the company up to $3 billion in incentives. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s ...

Wisconsin Senate lifts mining moratorium

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers took their final steps toward lifting Wisconsin’s nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining Tuesday, pushing a bill that would eliminate the prohibition through the state Senate and on to Gov. Scott Walker. The GOP has been pushing the measure ...

Wisconsin Senate passes tougher penalties for crimes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Children could stay in the Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison longer and repeat criminals and convicts who get into trouble while on parole would face stiffer penalties under a package of legislation the state Senate passed Tuesday. The measures are the brainchild of ...

Wisconsin Senate eliminates minimum hunting age rule

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Children of any age would be allowed to hunt with guns under a bill the state Senate has approved. Currently a Wisconsin resident must be at least 12 years old to buy a hunting license or hunt with a gun unless they’re participating in a mentored hunt. Children as ...

Resolution calls for constitutional convention

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers finished their drive Tuesday to make Wisconsin the latest state to call for a convention of states to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, driving a resolution demanding the meeting through the Senate despite Democrats' warnings ...

Wisconsin Senate set to lift mining moratorium

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers were poised Tuesday to take the final steps toward lifting Wisconsin's nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining. The GOP has been pushing a bill to lift the moratorium since mid-September. The Assembly passed the measure last week. The Senate ...

Wisconsin cranberry farmers hope to generate demand overseas

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s cranberry farmers are working to generate demand for the fruit overseas to alleviate an oversupply that’s driving down prices. Food buyers, bloggers and social media influencers from China and India visited Wisconsin’s cranberry farms as part of the U.S. ...