Wisconsin News

Flooding causes $100 million damage in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials in Dane County say this week's flooding has caused more than $100 million in damage. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Dane County Executive Joe Parisi says the initial damage assessment is $108 million. Parisi says the United Way of Dane County took ...

Walker allies attack Evers over teacher discipline cases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Allies of Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic opponent Tony Evers released new attack ads Thursday, including one depicting a teacher accused of sexual misconduct unbuckling his belt. In the first week since Evers' primary win, the tight race for governor ...

Divers, rescuers hunt for man swept away by Wisconsin floodwaters

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man who was stranded in his vehicle is missing and presumed dead after gushing floodwaters wrenched him from the arms of a rescuer after a deluge of heavy rain in southern Wisconsin, fire officials said Tuesday. The National Weather Service says more than 11 inches of ...

Commercial fishing seeing record numbers on Lake Superior

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Commercial fishing operations near the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior are reporting record numbers of whitefish and a strong recovery of lake trout since a decline in the early 2000s. Craig Hoopman of Lake Superior whitefish told the state’s Natural Resources Board ...

Groups ask UW-Madison to require meningitis B vaccine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Immunization groups and the mother of a student who died from bacterial meningitis are urging the University of Wisconsin-Madison to require the meningitis B vaccine. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a coalition sent letters this month to universities, asking ...

Madison pizza delivery driver treated after beating, robbery

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A pizza delivery driver in Madison was treated at a hospital after being beaten and robbed. Police say a man knocked the driver to the ground shortly before 11:30 p.m. Sunday and punched him several times. The driver fled after giving the man a small amount of cash. He ...

Lightning strike sends radio host to hospital

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin sports talk radio host had a good reason when listeners heard dead air this week: He’d just been struck by lightning. Bill Michaels was hit Thursday in Eau Claire as he hosted his show from the patio of a golf club as thunderstorms moved in. Michaels ...

Hands-on activities featured at Florence County Fair

FLORENCE, Wis. — One of the important jobs of the Florence County Fair is to promote the agricultural and natural resources of the county. An area offering hands-on activities for students was launched in 2014 and will be expanded for this year’s fair. Fairgoers can learn where their ...

LogJam apologizes for flags display

MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — Organizers of a festival in central Wisconsin that includes a Civil War re-enactment say they’ll make changes in future events after it was criticized for flying Confederate flags at the gathering. A folk duo that performed at the LogJam Festival in Mosinee last ...

Researchers look into Superior algae bloom

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Scientists are investigating an unprecedented algae bloom in Lake Superior and have sent samples for lab testing to determine if it is toxic. Kayakers and other visitors to the popular lakeshores along eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin found green scummy algae ...

Man accused of sex trafficking in nine states

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of sex trafficking in nine states is jailed in eastern Wisconsin. Investigators say they have evidence 39-year-old Glenwood Brown was prostituting women across the country for years, including two in the Fox Valley. WLUK-TV reports Brown is scheduled to ...

Contests for governor, Senate set in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have to defeat Wisconsin’s top education official to win a third term, while U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin faces a longtime state legislator as she tries to keep the seat under Democratic control. Both Republicans are closely tied to ...

Primaries today in Wisconsin, Minnesota

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats are fighting to beat back Republican gains across the Midwest as the 2018 primary season roars through Wisconsin and Minnesota, two states where President Donald Trump's appeal among working-class voters threaten to upend decadeslong political trends this fall ...

Mushroom hunt Saturday in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — Expert Carla Kramer will lead an informational mushroom hunt Saturday afternoon in the Florence, Wis. area. Those who wish to participate in the hunt should be at the Florence County Library at 12:15 p.m. Saturday. The group then will drive to a location to be determined ...

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse pushes for reusable straws

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is moving toward replacing plastic straws with reusable straws at dining locations on campus. The university announced the change to reusable straws in a letter to faculty and staff earlier this month, Wisconsin Public Radio ...

Newer vaccine available for shingles

Florence, Wis. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last October approved a new vaccine to prevent herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, in adults age 50 and older. The new vaccine, called Shingrix, is two doses given in the upper arm two to six months apart. Shingrix has a very ...

Harmony Arboretum prairie walk Wednesday

Marinette, Wis. — The Harmony Arboretum will host a prairie walk from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The walk will cover prairie ecosystems, their importance to both wildlife and people, and how people restore prairies and why. Typical prairie plants to be featured include coneflower, compass ...

Senate, governor races top Wisconsin primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic race for governor and Republican primary for U.S. Senate top the ballot in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Voters in Florence and Marinette counties Tuesday will decide who will be their sheriff for the next four years, as the candidates for the position all are ...

Wisconsin university to offer course on treating inmates

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health will offer a new course to teach future doctors how to treat a growing prison population and former convicts once they are released. The new course will be offered this fall, Wisconsin Public Radio ...

Walker ad stirs school controversy

THREE LAKES, Wis. (AP) — A small school district in northern Wisconsin has adopted a new policy about political activity after some staff members unknowingly showed up in a campaign ad for Republican Gov. Scott Walker. It wasn’t immediately clear when the footage was taken, but the ad ...