Wisconsin News

Wisconsin panel approves technical college increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee approved more money for Wisconsin’s technical colleges on Thursday, but fell $11 million short of what Gov. Tony Evers and Democrats wanted to spend. The Joint Finance Committee is working on making changes ...

Five states announce new suits over prescription opioids

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The company, ...

GenCyber returns to UW-Green Bay, Aug. 5-9

Green Bay, Wis. — For the third year in a row, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement was awarded a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) for its GenCyber program, the only of its kind in Wisconsin. The Division was ...

Pence plugs trade deal in stop at factory in Wisconsin

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence continued his promotional tour for the new North American trade agreement by telling workers at a western Wisconsin factory that U.S. manufacturing will blossom with a new deal. The Wausau Daily Herald reports that Pence spoke Thursday at a ...

Attempted kidnapping of a toddler thwarted

LAKE DELTON, Wis. (AP) — An attempted kidnapping of a toddler in Lake Delton, Wis. was thwarted when the child’s parents awoke to a noise in the youngster’s bedroom. Police say the 2-year-old was found unharmed outside the bedroom window last Saturday about 3 a.m. Lake Delton Police ...

Man accused in 1976 double murder back in court

MARINETTE, Wis. — Attorneys for a man accused of killing two people in 1976 want to have a first-degree sexual assault charge against him dropped. Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, 82, appeared by video Wednesday in Marinette County Circuit Court for an adjourned initial appearance. The Lakewood, ...

Supreme Court conservatives attack lame-duck arguments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court attacked liberal groups’ claims Wednesday that Republican legislators met illegally when they passed laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ and Attorney General Josh Kaul’s powers during a lame-duck ...

Pembine presents academic awards

PEMBINE, Wis. — The annual Academic Awards Program was held at the Pembine High School on Wednesday, May 8. The following scholarships were awarded to the graduating seniors: American Red Cross/PDB Rescue Squad — Cassandra Haupt. Bay de Noc Community College Tuition Award — ...

Firefighter killed, three injured in Appleton

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A firefighter responding to a medical emergency was killed in a shooting at a Wisconsin bus station that left three others injured, officials said. The shooting happened after police and firefighters responded to a medical emergency around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Valley ...

High water in Great Lakes spells trouble for endangered bird

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines. Water levels have surged in recent years as the lakes bounced back from record-setting lows. Vincent Cavalieri of the U.S. Fish and ...

Fire that killed father, two children ruled accidental

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A fire that killed a father and two children in Waukesha has been ruled accidental. Investigators have concluded the fire on Feb. 19 was the result of “unattended cooking.” Thirty-eight-year-old Kevin Duffy grabbed his 9-year-old son and brought him to a ...

Food, Fun & Fitness program planned in Florence County

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County UW-Extension office and its partners will offer a number of summer activities to area youth. Brochures are now available for the Food, Fun & Fitness program. FFF is a four-week day camp at both Florence Elementary School and the Northeast Wisconsin ...

Semi driver causes fatal crash

COLUMBUS, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say speed and inattentive driving are factors in a six-vehicle fatal crash in Columbia County. Authorities say the driver of a semi failed to slow down in a construction zone on Highway 151 near Columbus Tuesday and struck five other vehicles; ...

Deer farm herd destroyed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin agriculture officials say they've killed all the deer on a Portage County deer farm after a buck from the facility tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Friday that all 30 deer on the ...

Aurora area detour Saturday

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County Highway B in Aurora and Homestead will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The closure will allow emergency responders to participate in a full-scale mass casualties mock bus crash. The exercise will take place near the Aurora Free ...

Make-A-Wish co-founder to have public events at St. Norbert College

DE PERE, Wis. — Frank Shankwitz, co-founder and first president of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and St. Norbert College’s commencement speaker, will have several public events at St. Norbert College beginning this weekend. These events are free and open to the public: — “How a ...

Wisconsin Republicans votes to scrap Evers proposals

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin budget committee voted along party lines Thursday to remove many of Gov. Tony Evers’ most significant proposals from his state budget. Removal kills them for now, but they could be added back later or passed as separate ...

Audit finds ongoing problems with economic development agency

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new audit finds continuing problems at Wisconsin’s economic development agency. The review from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau released Friday examined the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The audit says that only about 35 percent of required ...

Man claims meth-filled pack

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) — A man was arrested after authorities say he came to the police department to claim a methamphetamine-filled backpack he had left at a northeastern Wisconsin library. A staffer at Shawano County Library found the backpack Monday and turned it over to police. Prosecutors ...