Wisconsin News

Agency seeks ways to keep fire retardants out of Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A U.S.-Canadian agency is suggesting ways the two nations can help prevent flame-retardant chemicals from polluting the Great Lakes. The International Joint Commission made the recommendations in a report Thursday. They’re directed toward both federal ...

Milwaukee ramps up ‘K2’ warnings after two suspected deaths

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sal Conroy, 26, learned the hard way about how dangerous “K2,” a synthetic cannabinoid, can be. “I started getting sharp stomach pains and had them for about a month before I finally went to the doctor,” Conroy said. After days of tests and not being able to eat, ...

Milwaukee to pay $3.4 million over police stop-and-frisk policy

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee agreed Tuesday to pay $3.4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging its police department spent years targeting black and Latino residents without probable cause with its stop-and-frisk policy. The Milwaukee Common Council approved the settlement and Mayor Tom Barrett ...

Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — A firefighter was killed and at least a dozen other people were injured when a natural gas explosion leveled at least two buildings in a Madison suburb, authorities said. A gas leak in downtown Sun Prairie led to an explosion Tuesday evening that destroyed several ...

After 42 years, a killer revealed?

MARINETTE, Wis. — New technology that predicts a person’s physical appearance from DNA may help Marinette County authorities crack a cold double homicide case. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve released new images Monday of the man they believe may have killed 25-year-old David ...

Pine, spruce, cedar seedlings offered by Trees For Tomorrow

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — Trees For Tomorrow has a limited number of tree seedlings remaining for public purchase. The cost is $1.50 per seedling and are available until inventory runs out, typically at the end of summer or early fall. Since 1945, TFT has offered quality tree seedlings to the ...

Wisconsin author’s children’s book details 1893 World’s Fair

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) — Carol March McLernon keeps her cherished antique doll on display in her living room. More than 40 years ago, a distant relative gave her the doll, a souvenir from the Columbian Exposition of 1893, also known as the World’s Fair. This year, the doll with a sweet ...

Report: Wisconsin cities face $2.25B in unfunded liabilities

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s 25 largest cities face $2.25 billion in unfunded retiree health care liabilities, with increasing costs over a three-year period in Milwaukee and Racine negating savings elsewhere, the Wisconsin Policy Forum reported Monday. The report examined the size of ...

GOP candidate: Bank fired him after he wouldn’t drop out

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican state treasurer candidate said Monday that he was fired from his bank job because he wouldn’t drop out of the race. Travis Hartwig’s campaign said in a news release that U.S. Bank fired him from his job as a mutual fund administrator at a downtown ...

Wisconsin court OKs unconscious drunk drivers’ blood draws

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Supreme Court says police can legally draw blood from unconscious drunken drivers. The court ruled 5-2 Tuesday that drivers automatically consent to a blood draw when they drive on Wisconsin roads. The court found that drivers who drink themselves ...

Foxconn reaches agreement to open Green Bay office

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group announced Friday that it plans to open an office in Green Bay that will bring at least 200 high-tech jobs, a chance for the company to spread benefits and goodwill more widely amid doubts that the company’s massive southeastern Wisconsin campus ...

Trump hails economy at future site for factory in Wisconsin

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump highlighted his economic policies Thursday at the groundbreaking for a massive $10 billion Foxconn factory complex that may bring thousands of jobs to Wisconsin, a state he barely carried in the 2016 presidential election. At the same time, ...

Wisconsin high court caps some malpractice damages at $750K

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s cap on noneconomic medical malpractice damages on Wednesday, reversing an appellate ruling that awarded $15 million to a woman who had all four limbs amputated after a mishandled infection. The court ruled 5-2 in a ...

Trump comes to Wisconsin to tout Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The ceremonial groundbreaking for a massive $10 billion Foxconn factory complex in Wisconsin was supposed to be evidence that the manufacturing revival fueled by President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy is well underway. But an announcement this week by ...

Wisconsin high court upholds caps on some malpractice suits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s cap on noneconomic medical malpractice damages on Wednesday, reversing an appellate ruling that awarded $15 million to a woman who had all four limbs amputated after a mishandled infection. The court ruled 5-2 in a ...

Harley-loving governor put in bind with Trump

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's full-throttled love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles has been intertwined with his rising political career, but now he must navigate revved up criticism of the Milwaukee-based company from President Donald Trump. The president on Tuesday ...

Warning issued on synthetic marijuana

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has issued a warning about synthetic marijuana products that have recently sent multiple people to the hospital with severe bleeding. The state has had seven confirmed hospitalizations in Dane, Milwaukee and Outagamie counties ...

Wisconsin WWII veteran finally being awarded Purple Heart

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A World War II veteran who spent more than a year as a prisoner of war is finally being awarded the Purple Heart. Max Bergen will receive the medal Friday, The Leader-Telegram reported. The 94-year-old Wisconsin man says he’s overwhelmed and stunned by the ...

Wausaukee Enterprises awarded grant for outing

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — Wausaukee Enterprises, Inc. received a $460 grant from the community wide fund held at the M&M Area Community Foundation. This grant will help cover costs for WEI’s summer educational outing program. Outings consist of the train museum, wildlife sanctuary, zoos, farms, ...

Poll: Wisconsin gubernatorial hopefuls still mostly unknown

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Most voters still don’t know what to think about anyone in the crowd of Democrats running for governor as the August primary rapidly approaches, a poll released Wednesday shows. Ten Democrats are vying for the chance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the ...