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Complaint in Closs case could be road map for prosecution

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The criminal complaint charging a Wisconsin man with abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents laid out the case in detail and offered a possible road map for how prosecutors will seek a conviction in the girl's 8...

 

Wisconsin kidnapping, killing suspect lived under the radar

GORDON, Wis. (AP) — The man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents with a shotgun nearly three months ago appears to have led an unremarkable existence until that fateful night, blending into the state's vast...

 

Wisconsin girl missing since parents' October deaths found

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin teenager missing for nearly three months after her parents were killed in the family home was found alive barely an hour's drive away, by a woman who stumbled across the 13-year-old girl and pounded on her...

 

Wisconsin flooding damage estimated to be $209 million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Damage estimates are soaring in southern Wisconsin after weeks of severe flooding and storms destroyed pavement and damaged hundreds of homes. Here's a look at where things stand: ___ HOW BAD IS IT? Gov. Scott Walker tweeted...

 

Boy swept in sewer sticks finger out of manhole and is saved

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy sucked into a flooded Wisconsin storm sewer was saved when an eagle-eyed firefighter saw the boy's fingers pop through an opening in a manhole cover. The astonishing rescue Tuesday evening came as storms...

 

Wisconsin taxpayers spent nearly $41K on senators' travel

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin taxpayers spent nearly $41,000 to send state senators on out-of-state trips since 2015, including to President Donald Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress. The Associated Press obtained documents...

 

Woman questions mother's investigation in 1980s baby deaths

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A woman who told police her mother confessed to killing her 18-day-old brother nearly four decades ago says she's shocked investigators didn't make an arrest in the 1980s, especially after the deaths of two more infants in her...

 

University of Wisconsin approves protest punishment policy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System leaders approved a policy Friday that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations, saying students need to listen to all sides of issues and arguments...

 

Judges appear split in 'Making a Murderer' appeal

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appellate judge hearing arguments Tuesday in Chicago about whether investigators coerced a confession from a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" said video of detectives questioning Brendan...

 

Wisconsin attorney general reveals opioid investigation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel has taken the unusual step of revealing the state Department of Justice is investigating opioid manufacturers to see what role they may have played in creating addicts, a day after...

 

Mastermind of lottery fraud will tell how he rigged jackpots

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A lottery computer programmer will tell investigators how he was able to use his position to rig state jackpots for years and he and his brother will repay $3 million in prizes they improperly claimed, under a plea agreement re...

 
 By Todd Richmond    Regional    May 3, 2017

Wisconsin Assembly sends high-cap well bill to Walker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers finished their drive Tuesday to relax high-capacity well regulations, pushing a bill through the state Assembly and on to Gov. Scott Walker's desk despite Democrats' warnings that wells are draining...

 

Anti-heckler bill's author acknowledges measure is too vague

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of the Republican lawmakers behind a bill that would require Wisconsin's state universities to suspend or expel student hecklers who disrupt speeches acknowledged Monday that it may be unconstitutional. State Reps. Jesse...

 

GOP bill would discipline hecklers at college speeches

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin students who disrupt speeches and demonstrations could be expelled and campuses would have to remain neutral on public issues under a bill Republican legislators are pushing this week. The bill comes as...

 

Attorney general, FBI warn meth threat now rivals opioids

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Methamphetamine use has quietly surged in Wisconsin and now rivals opioid abuse as the state's most serious drug problem, Attorney General Brad Schimel and FBI agents warned the Legislature's criminal justice committees...

 

Wisconsin panel finalizes wasting disease recommendations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An advisory committee working on revisions to Wisconsin's long-term chronic wasting disease plan wrapped up its work Wednesday, finalizing recommendations that include limited culling of the state's herd and stiffer regulations...

 

Wisconsin's opioid response anemic, critics say

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Opioids are still killing people by the hundreds in Wisconsin even though legislators have passed nearly 20 bills to curb addiction over the last three years, prompting critics to demand lawmakers think bigger and pump more...

 

Judge won't toss charges against Wisconsin college student

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge refused on Friday to dismiss four charges against a suspended University of Wisconsin student accused of sexually assaulting and harassing women, rejecting his attorneys' claim that some of his actions were no worse...

 

UW-Madison students demand sanctuary campuses for immigrants

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison's student leaders have passed a resolution demanding Chancellor Rebecca Blank and UW System President Ray Cross declare system schools sanctuary campuses for students who are living in the...

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison is top party school in US 

MADISON, Wis. (AP, Aug. 29, 2016) – University of Wisconsin-Madison leaders are chafing under a state-imposed tuition freeze and the football team didn't crack the Top 25 preseason rankings. But no school in the country throws a better party,...

 

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