Wisconsin News

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 ...

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 ...