Wisconsin News

Walker wants more rural aid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is voicing support for increasing state aid to rural schools, reviving an idea rejected from his state budget by the Legislature. Walker on Tuesday said he supports a bill circulated for co-sponsors in the Legislature to increase sparsity aid for ...

The future littoral combat ship USS Little Rock is shown during a high-speed run in Lake Michigan during acceptance trials. (U.S. Navy Photo)

Marinette Marine to build 14th littoral combat ship

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — Lockheed Martin says Fincantieri Marinette Marine will build another littoral combat ship for the Navy. It will be the 14th LCS ship built by the Midwest’s only naval shipyard. Lockheed Martin, the general contractor, said the value of the contract is under the 2017 ...

Federal judge strikes down tax-free housing for clergy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge in Wisconsin has struck down as unconstitutional a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, in a ruling that could have far-reaching ramifications for religious leaders who have fought for years to keep the substantial financial benefit. Under ...

Survey: 30 percent of Wisconsin adolescents overweight

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A national report shows that height and weight measurements used to calculate body mass index indicate that Wisconsin’s adolescents are catching up to adult levels of obesity. The 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health found that 30 percent of Wisconsin children ...

Sea lamprey numbers rise in Lake Superior

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials say the invasive sea lamprey is gaining ground in Lake Superior and Lake Erie, while its numbers remain at near-historic lows in the other Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are eel-like parasites that attack fish such as trout, salmon and whitefish. They invaded ...

UW adopts protest punishment policy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System leaders approved a policy Friday that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations, saying students need to listen to all sides of issues and arguments. The Board of Regents adopted the language ...

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Mining bill clears its first hurdle

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans took their first votes Wednesday on a bill that would lift the state's nearly 20-year moratorium on sulfide mining, pushing the measure through committee and clearing the way for a full Senate vote. The Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining ...

Tammy Graceffa, 51, owner of the Hiawatha Bar and Grill, talks in her restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 in Sturtevant, Wis., about Foxconn's announcement of the location of its planned manufacturing plant in nearby Mount Pleasant. Graceffa owns land in the development site and said the news was bittersweet because she stands to benefit economically but she might lose the land where she grew up. (AP Photo/Ivan Moreno)

Mixed emotions in town Foxconn picked for plant

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Residents of the southeastern Wisconsin town where Foxconn Technology Group plans a massive display screen plant greeted the announcement Wednesday with excitement about the possible economic boost and wistfulness about how the community’s changing landscape. Foxconn ...

UW regents to vote on hiring policy changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System regents are set to revamp hiring policies for the system’s top positions during a vote today at UW-Stout. The proposal calls for changing hiring policy to require that chancellor job descriptions encourage non-academic applicants to ...

Evers outlines case for becoming governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State superintendent Tony Evers on Tuesday spoke out against a resolution pending at the University of Wisconsin that could lead to students being expelled for protesting at campus events and speeches. Evers, a Democrat running for governor, also voiced his support for ...

Appeals court rejects Crivitz basketball players’ lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a ruling dismissing a lawsuit brought by former Crivitz High School girls basketball players who were accused of cyber bullying a teammate. The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the 2016 Oconto County circuit court ...

GOP bill would end Wisconsin wetland development permits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans are pushing to allow developers to build on state wetlands without any oversight after passing a $3 billion incentives package for a Foxconn Technology Group plant exempting the facility from a host of environmental regulations. The Foxconn ...

Three killed in Wisconsin crash

SPARTA, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin authorities say three young German women were killed when their rental car struck a deer and was then rear-ended by a tractor trailer. The State Patrol says the collision happened Sunday night on Interstate 90 near Sparta, which is in western Wisconsin between ...

Bill would let Wisconsin felons have antique guns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Felons and people subject to domestic abuse restraining orders would be allowed to own antique guns under provisions in a Republican bill relaxing the state’s concealed carry regulations. Wisconsin felons have long complained about not being allowed to own firearms, ...

Wisconsin class teaches how bystanders can stop harassment

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A group in Milwaukee is teaching residents how to step in and calm potentially violent situations when they see someone being harassed. Standing Up for Racial Justice holds bystander intervention training classes that are designed to give people the confidence and know-how ...

Wisconsin still leads in organic farming despite competition

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Wisconsin remains second in the U.S. for the number of organic farms, despite increasing competition from other states. The number of organic farms in Wisconsin increased by 6 percent to almost 1,300 operations ...

Panel to vote on Wisconsin mining bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A legislative committee is set to approve a bill next week that would lift Wisconsin's moratorium on sulfide mining. The Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry is slated to meet Wednesday to vote on the bill. The committee's chairman, Sen. Tom ...

Big stakes in high court fight over district maps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans are poised for a Supreme Court fight about political line-drawing with the potential to alter the balance of power across a country starkly divided between the two parties. The big question at the heart of next week’s high court clash is whether ...

Meyer starts as DNR secretary

MINOCQUA, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources’ new leader is presiding over his first board meeting. Gov. Scott Walker introduced former state Rep. Dan Meyer as the agency’s secretary Monday. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who left in August to join the U.S. Environmental ...

Walker names Eagle River man as new DNR secretary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker picked former legislator Dan Meyer to serve as the next state Department of Natural Resources secretary Monday, placing his old state Assembly colleague in the middle of contentious political battles over mining, permitting a massive electronics plant ...