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Wisconsin to weigh extending gun deer season

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials agreed Wednesday to ask gun deer hunters this spring whether they would support wholesale changes to the sport, including tacking another 10 days onto the state’s traditional nine-day season in November. Hunters killed dramatically fewer ...

Evers unveils plans for farm crisis, redistricting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers extolled lawmakers during his State of the State speech Wednesday to work together to address the state’s farm crisis, calling a special session of the Legislature as part of a three-prong attack to tackle the problem that’s seen a record ...

Wisconsin lawmakers pass PFAS restrictions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans signed off Tuesday on a bill that would impose new restrictions on firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals in the hopes of reducing soil and water contamination, despite Democrats’ complaints that the proposal would accomplish next to ...

Lawmakers poised to adopt restrictions on firefighting foam

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are poised to pass a bill that would impose new restrictions on the use of firefighting foam containing chemicals known as PFAS to reduce soil and water contamination. Both the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to vote on the Republican-authored ...

Suspect dead following officer involved shooting in Wausau

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Police say a suspect is dead following a police shooting in Wausau. Both Wausau officers and deputies from the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the shooting on the city’s west side about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from police. No ...

Man sentenced for buying ‘new school shooter’ gun for boy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced an Oshkosh man to a month behind bars for buying a rifle for a boy who boasted online that the weapon was a “new school shooter gun.” U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach sentenced 19-year-old Hunter Nicholson on Wednesday in Green Bay ...

Wisconsin Assembly approves Lyme disease bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources would have to warn visitors to state properties about Lyme disease and sell them insect repellent under a pair of bipartisan bills the state Assembly overwhelmingly approved Wednesday. The Senate passed the measures in October. ...

Trump uses Wisconsin rally to defend Iran policy

MILWAUKEE (AP)—As President Donald Trump rallied supporters Tuesday night by defending his decision to kill a top Iranian general, the Democrats vying to replace him used their final debate before primary voting begins to argue that doing so made the country less safe. With Trump firing ...

Wisconsin appeals court puts voter rolls purge on hold

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court Tuesday put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state's voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought the move a victory in the battleground state. The appeals court sided with the bipartisan state ...

Trump’s Milwaukee rally launches election year in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) —President Donald Trump heads to battleground Wisconsin today to rally supporters just down the street from where Democrats will meet in six months to nominate his opponent, a campaign trip that coincides with the Democratic presidential debate in neighboring ...

Ex-prisoners sought for Wisconsin 2020 election

MILWAUKEE (AP) — When Quentin Blackburn was sent to prison for his first felony conviction in the 1990s, the consequences were clear: he could no longer vote or possess a firearm. It wasn’t until last month that the 48-year-old Milwaukee man found out his right to vote was restored when ...

Sewage surging into Wisconsin waters as rainfall intensifies

MILWAUKEE (AP) —Thirty-year-old Conner Andrews has swum in Lake Michigan since his childhood days vacationing in Door County. “It was always a huge deal for me to go to the beach and have fun there and enjoy the waves,” said Andrews, a Nashotah resident and former collegiate ...

Wisconsin state Sen. Hansen to retire

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Longtime Democratic state Sen. Dave Hansen said Thursday that he’ll retire rather than seek re-election this fall, creating an open seat in a Republican-leaning region and making it that much harder for his party to win the majority in the chamber. Hansen has ...

Competency exam ordered in 1976 murder case

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A competency exam has been ordered for a man accused of killing a couple in a Marinette County park in 1976. Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, 82, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 25-year-old David Schuldes and 24-year-old Ellen Matheys at ...

Wisconsin panel urges $10M for clean water initiatives

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan water pollution task force proposed more than a dozen bills Wednesday designed to curb contamination across Wisconsin, capping a year’s worth of research and discussion. Groundwater pollution has been a growing problem in Wisconsin over the last 20 ...

Air Force confirms Wisconsin commander under investigation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Air Force officials confirmed Wednesday that they’re investigating the Wisconsin National Guard’s former commander after Guard investigators determined he improperly launched an internal sexual assault investigation. Gov. Tony Evers’ office has said the ...

Appeals court to stay out of voter purge case in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court will stay out of a closely watched Wisconsin case over the purging of up to 209,000 registered voters in the battleground state. In a ruling Tuesday, the District 4 appeals court in Madison said it won't take the case until the state Supreme Court ...

Wisconsin Legislature seeks to kill suit on voter purge

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature on Monday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the purging of up to 209,000 registered voters in the battleground state. The Legislature’s attorneys asked the court to at least put the lawsuit ...

GOP resurrects bill to make English official language

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers have resurrected a bill that would make English the official language in Wisconsin, renewing their argument that the measure will push immigrants to learn the language and make them more attractive to employers. Sens. Andre Jacque, Dave Craig and ...

Snowmobilers die after plunge

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials have identified the snowmobilers who died in an Oneida County lake. Two snowmobilers died and a third survived after their sleds hit open water on Lake Nokomis about 3 a.m. Sunday. The men were on separate snowmobiles when they hit thin ice ...