Wisconsin News

Seasonal road weight restrictions start Monday in Marinette County

PESHTIGO, Wis. — Effective noon on Monday, seasonal weight restrictions for spring thaw will be in effect on all Marinette County highways until lifted with the following exceptions: — County Trunk Highway JJ from State Trunk Highway 180 to the east County/State line on the Menominee ...

Democrats pick Milwaukee for 2020 convention

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democrats selected Milwaukee to host their 2020 national convention Monday, setting up the party’s 2020 standard-bearer to accept the presidential nomination in the heart of the old industrial belt that delivered Donald Trump to the White House. Democratic National ...

Woman sentenced in meth case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a California woman to three years in prison for shipping methamphetamine to the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s reservation in northern Wisconsin. Sixty-nine-year-old Rita Witter of Fremont, California, pleaded guilty in January to one ...

‘Discover Wisconsin’ show to spotlight Florence

MADISON, Wis. — “Discover Wisconsin,” the state’s tourism TV show, will spotlight Florence and three other Main Street communities in an episode that will premier at 10 a.m. Saturday on Fox Sports Wisconsin. “Just Off Main Street” also will feature Osceola, Whitewater and ...

Evers’ capital budget calls for $2 billion in new borrowing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers released a capital budget proposal Thursday that calls for borrowing another $2 billion for multiple construction projects across the state, including the conversion of the state’s troubled youth prison into an adult facility, new housing for juvenile ...

Senate GOP grills Wisconsin DNR chief at hearing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leader of the Wisconsin Senate’s sporting heritage committee spent more than three hours interrogating Gov. Tony Evers’ pick for Department of Natural Resources secretary during a confirmation hearing Thursday, peppering him with questions about his management ...

Rove, Axelrod at UWGB

GREEN BAY, Wis. — National political strategists and former presidential advisers David Axelrod and Karl Rove will be on the UW-Green Bay campus for a point/counterpoint conversation on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. at the Weidner Center. The event, sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center ...

Station: Suspect in Closs abduction says he’ll plead guilty

A Minnesota television station reported Thursday that the Wisconsin man charged with kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs says in a letter from jail that he plans to plead guilty. KARE-TV reported that suspect Jake Patterson’s Feb. 28 letter was in response to a letter from a station ...

Ohio cheese wins US Championship Cheese Contest

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A cheese from Ohio has captured the top spot at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin. The baby Swiss made by Guggisberg Cheese in Millersburg, Ohio, barely edged out a Gouda made by Marieke Penterman in Thorp, who won the contest in 2013. Penterman was ...

Advocates seek more funding for Great Lakes water quality

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality. More than 100 representatives of organizations in the region are in Washington, D.C., this week for an annual gathering in support of funding for Great ...

4 charged in fatal shooting of teen in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Four young men are facing reckless homicide charges in the fatal shooting of a teenager in Green Bay. The four are accused in the death of 18-year-old Federico Abarca. Prosecutors say the Preble High School student was killed during a drug deal and attempted armed ...

Report: US plans to lift protections on wolves

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move certain to re-ignite the legal battle over a predator that’s rebounding in some regions and running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers, an official told The ...

Sun, frost cited in bridge crashes

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The blinding sun may have contributed to a pileup on a Green Bay bridge that involved more than 30 vehicles and sent six people to the hospital. The crash closed all lanes of Interstate 43 on the Leo Frigo bridge for about four hours Tuesday morning. Green Bay ...

Multiple injuries in Green Bay bridge crash with 30 vehicles

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Police say a number of people have been injured in a series of crashes involving 30 vehicles on an interstate bridge in Green Bay. All lanes of Interstate 43 on the Leo Frigo were closed this morning as crews worked to clear the pileup which began shortly before 8 ...

Evers budget has no new move to fight CWD in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget doesn’t propose any new strategies to fight chronic wasting disease despite years of demands from his own party for more action. The budget checks off a long list of other Democratic priorities, including legalizing marijuana. ...

Access unlikely this winter to Apostle Islands famed ice caves

CORNUCOPIA, Wis. (AP) — Despite all the ice on Lake Superior, visitors likely won’t be able to venture out to see the ice caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin this winter. Park Service officials went out on the lake near Cornucopia on Friday to test the ice. ...

Evers wants to increase gas taxes, undo Walker laws

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gas taxes would increase but the cost to fill up may actually drop, income taxes would be cut for the middle class and most of the laws passed during a lame-duck legislative session that weakened the governor and attorney general would be repealed under Democratic Gov. ...

Forest easement purchase OKd in Wisconsin’s Iron County

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board has approved spending nearly $5 million to purchase an easement on more than 14,000 acres of northern forest. The deal calls for the DNR to spend $4.8 million to secure the easement on 14,350 acres in Iron County from ...

Evers to unveil first Wisconsin budget to skeptical Republicans

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers releases his first state budget to a skeptical Republican Legislature on Thursday, with many of his proposals likely dead on arrival and others unlikely to pass without significant changes. The plan’s unveiling during a joint meeting of the Legislature ...

Pedestrian killed in Oconto

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Wisconsin have released the name of a 70-year-old man who was struck and killed by a front-end loader. Officials say Ernest Boucher was walking in a street in Oconto on Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a city-owned loader with a ...