Wisconsin News

Barron ceremony to offer hope for missing teenage girl

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The city of Barron is holding a “tree of hope” lighting ceremony in honor of missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs. The local middle school student has been missing since her parents were slain Oct. 15. James and Denise Closs were fatally shot in their home, and ...

Effort to weaken governors stirs debate

MILWAUKEE (AP) — If Democrats sue to prevent Republicans from diluting the powers of newly elected governors and attorneys general in Wisconsin and Michigan, the lawsuits will probably center on one question: Are lawmakers usurping authority that belongs to the executive branch? The legal ...

Legionnaires’ at UW Hospital

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Eleven patients at UW Hospital developed Legionnaires' disease, apparently due to bacteria in the hospital's hot water system. Officials said Friday that four of the patients remained hospitalized and six were discharged or treated at outpatient facilities. Officials ...

Census: Wisconsin incomes rise, poverty down

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Household income in most Wisconsin counties has risen in recent years, while the percentage of residents in poverty has declined, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures that also show a digital divide between rich and poor residents. The figures released Thursday ...

GOP tries to hamstring incoming attorneys general

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans pushing to hang on to power in Wisconsin and Michigan aren’t stopping at curbing the authority of incoming Democratic governors. They’re also trying to hamstring Democrats who are about to take over as attorneys general. The moves underscore how ...

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin weaken new governor, AD’s powers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature passed a sweeping measure Wednesday that shifts power to the Republican-controlled body and weakens the Democrat replacing Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Republicans pushed on through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition ...

Wisconsin GOP moves to weaken governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans, just weeks away from losing control of both the governor and attorney general’s offices, planned dramatic lame-duck votes Tuesday on a sweeping attempt to limit the powers of incoming Democrats, a move that opponents decried as a last-gasp power ...

GOP lame-duck bills would move Wisconsin primary, limit early voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans released sweeping lame-duck legislation Friday that would move the 2020 presidential primary, restrict early voting and weaken both Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul and Gov.-elect Tony Evers. The GOP aims to hold a hearing on the bills ...

Shootout between two vehicles is deadly

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A shootout between two vehicles on Milwaukee’s north side has ended fatally. Police say a 33-year-old man started shooting at a vehicle about 9 p.m. Thursday. A person in the vehicle returned gunfire, striking the man. He fled from the shootout but later crashed and died ...

Report: Cost to keep invasive Asian carp from Great Lakes nearly triples

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Fortifying an Illinois waterway to prevent invasive carp from using it as a path to Lake Michigan could cost nearly three times as much as federal planners previously thought, according to an updated report. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week released a ...

Hit-and-run kills pet kangaroo

WAUKECHON, Wis. (AP) — A petting zoo kangaroo who escaped from a northeastern Wisconsin home was killed and one of its owner injured in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday. Authorities now are searching for the motorist who struck the pair in the town of Waukechon. The animal’s owners told ...

Nearly 7 percent more deer taken in Wisconsin hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters killed slightly more deer during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun season this year than in 2017. The state Department of Natural Resources released preliminary data Tuesday showing hunters killed 211,430 deer this season. That’s up nearly 7 percent from 197,733 deer ...

DATCP extends deadline for hemp renewals, applications

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State regulators are giving prospective hemp farmers another two months to apply for licenses for the 2019 growing season. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Tuesday that it would extend the deadline for new license applications and ...

New owners revive Paris in Pembine Supper Club

In September 2012, Michele and Casey Wanek had just finished dining at Paris in Pembine when they noticed the “for sale” sign outside. They said they had the same thought. “We had had enough of the corporate world,” Casey Wanek said at the time, adding this seemed like “an exciting ...

Wisconsin AG: Private event held in public space requires alcohol license

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel believes private events in public spaces require liquor licenses, drawing fire from a conservative law firm that fears such a stance could have a chilling effect on tailgating and wedding barn operations. Legislators have been ...

Disease on deer farms spreads as Wisconsin weakens controls

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Rapidly growing numbers of cases of chronic wasting disease are appearing on deer and elk farms and hunting ranches in Wisconsin at the same time the state has pulled back on rules and procedures designed to limit the spread of the fatal brain disease among its captive ...

Wisconsin Public Service warns customers of increase in scam attempts

MILWAUKEE — As a busy holiday season quickly approaches, Wisconsin Public Service cautions customers to be aware of criminals attempting to take advantage of them through scams. WPS has received approximately 40 scam phone call reports from customers. The scammers, who claim to be from WPS, ...

Dam projects completed

FLORENCE, Wis. — We Energies has returned to normal operations at the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence. The reservoir was lowered approximately 12 feet from its normal elevation for construction on the dam throughout the summer of 2018. We Energies’ public recreation sites No. ...

School district: Free-speech protects those in viral photo

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — Officials with a Wisconsin school district say free-speech rights would make it difficult to discipline students who appeared in a photograph that showed several high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute. The State Journal reports that Baraboo ...

Lawmaker rips DNR over deer lake rescue

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin legislator who doubles as a firefighter ripped the state Department of Natural Resources for persuading his department to rescue a deer stranded on a frozen lake, saying the agency put them at risk over a “stupid deer.” Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow ...