Wisconsin News

Foxconn, companies to create fund

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group will partner with three major Midwestern companies to create a $100 million fund to help launch technology startups around the world, the companies announced Tuesday. The Taiwanese electronics giant, Advocate Aurora Health, Johnson Controls and ...

Possible tornadoes leave trail of damage in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An 11-year-old boy nearly lost his life in a waterlogged drainage ditch in eastern Wisconsin but was pulled to safety by an eagle-eyed firefighter who spotted his finger poking through a manhole cover, officials said, following another round of storms that pounded Wisconsin ...

Walker, Evers spar over cost of health insurance

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker accused Democratic rival Tony Evers of getting his "facts wrong" Tuesday in his first television ad of the general election, a spot that hinges on a comparison of health insurance costs in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Walker issued a series of tweets ...

Missouri to get Wisconsin grouse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials plan to relocate 300 ruffed grouse to Missouri. The Department of Natural Resources plans to move about 100 birds annually over the next three years to east-central Missouri's River Hills region. DNR officials say ruffed grouse are native ...

Demand rises for Wisconsin’s silica sand

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Domestic oil exploration drilling is expected to cause “extreme” demand for frack sand in western Wisconsin in coming years, according to a new report. The IHS Markit report indicated that the value of proppant sand, used to keep open cracks in rock formations deep ...

Flooding closes interstate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Another drenching storm has dumped more than 7 inches of rain on parts of Ozaukee and Washington counties. The storm downed trees and caused flooding that closed Interstate 43 in Ozaukee County Monday morning. Several vehicles were stranded in high water on I-43 near ...

Wisconsin dairy farmers could benefit from new federal program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new federal crop insurance program may help Wisconsin dairy farmers protect against low milk prices. The American Farm Bureau Federation and its insurance company recently announced the Dairy Revenue Protection program, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The program, ...

More Wisconsin flooding could force hundreds to flee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in Wisconsin’s water-logged capital city warned residents Friday that they may need to head for higher ground to escape another round of flooding as more storms headed toward the area. Madison and the rest of surrounding Dane County are struggling to ...

Feds link illnesses to salads

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal health officials say they’ve confirmed more than 500 cases of people who became sick with an intestinal illness after eating McDonald’s salads. The illnesses reported earlier this year are linked to the cyclospora parasite, which can cause diarrhea, intestinal ...

Names released in ATV fatal

MARINETTE, Wis. — Authorities have released the name of the 87-year-old man found dead under his all-terrain vehicle Tuesday evening in the town of Silver Cliff, Wis. Dennis I. Kitchenmaster was found on his property on Old J Road, according to a news release from the Marinette County ...

Surgery coverage for Wisconsin transgender workers restored

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin board that oversees insurance for state employees has voted to restore coverage for sex reassignment procedures for transgender workers. The Group Insurance Board voted 5-4 Wednesday to cover sex reassignment surgery and related treatments for transgender ...

Python found under SUV hood

OMRO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin motorist was in for a slithery surprise after his mom's sport utility vehicle began acting strangely. Chris Nguyen pulled over Wednesday night in the town of Omro and popped the SUV's hood to find a 4-foot-long python inside. Fittingly, the snake damaged the ...

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 ...