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  • Wisconsin DNR enforcing new rules for ridding bats Dec 8, 2014 11:55 AM
    New state rules and regulations to protect bats are restricting property owners who want the pests out of their homes. Officials at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have been alarmed by bat mortality rates caused by white-nose syndrome.

     
  • Wisconsin DNR board to consider update invasives list Dec 7, 2014 8:46 AM
    The state Department of Natural Resources’ board is set consider the first revisions to the Wisconsin’s invasive species list since it was created five years ago.

     
  • Milwaukee police to buy 100 body cameras Dec 5, 2014 8:04 AM
    The Milwaukee Police Department has opened bidding to vendors for 100 body cameras. WISN-TV reports Chief Ed Flynn said Thursday he supports having officers wear cameras to clear up questions about police incidents with citizens.

     
  • Police: Milwaukee man chases 2 officers with knife Dec 5, 2014 8:04 AM
    Authorities have charged a 26-year-old Milwaukee man who they say chased two police officers with a large butcher knife. Alfonso Martinez was charged Thursday with two counts of recklessly endangering safety by using a dangerous weapon. Police say they encountered Martinez on Monday while investigating a suspected double homicide.

     
  • Police: Wisconsin workers find $500,000 excavator in Lake Michigan Dec 3, 2014 7:20 AM
    Police in suburban Milwaukee are investigating after a $500,000 construction vehicle was found in Lake Michigan. Oak Creek police said Tuesday the 20-ton excavator appears to have been stolen and driven off a bluff into the lake. Oak Creek highway workers discovered the yellow vehicle partially submerged Monday during a bluff improvement project.

     
  • Authorities: Cigarette fire kills Milwaukee woman Dec 3, 2014 7:20 AM
    Milwaukee County authorities say a Milwaukee woman has been fatally burned after dropping a cigarette that ignited blankets in a van. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday that 68-year-old Mary Turek died Nov. 25 at Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center.

     
  • 3 Milwaukee firefighters hurt while battling apartment fire Dec 3, 2014 7:20 AM
    Three firefighters were taken to the hospital for injuries they suffered while fighting a fire at an apartment building in Milwaukee. Authorities say the firefighters went into the eight-unit building Tuesday night following reports of people trapped on the second floor, but found no one.

     
  • Court grants Texas prisoner execution reprieve Dec 3, 2014 2:01 PM
    A federal appeals court halted Wednesday’s scheduled execution of a Texas prisoner and native of Wisconsin who defense attorneys argue is too delusional to be put to death. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the reprieve less than eight hours before condemned killer Scott Panetti was set to receive a lethal injection. Panetti was sentenced to death for fatally shooting his estranged wife’s parents 22 years ago.

     
  • Wisconsin boys dial 911 in search of Santa Dec 3, 2014 4:36 PM
    Two young brothers from southeastern Wisconsin are likely hoping they haven't landed on Santa's naughty list after police showed up at their doorstep. The boys, ages 3 and 6, thought the best way to get in touch with the North Pole was by phone. And for youngsters of that age, their Christmas lists could be considered an emergency.

     
  • U.S. attorney collects $14 million in FY 2014 Dec 2, 2014 6:15 AM
    U.S. Attorney James Santelle says his office collected a little more than $14 million through criminal and civil collections and asset forfeitures during the last federal fiscal year. Santelle, who is based in Milwaukee, is responsible for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, which includes the eastern half of the state. He says during the year that ended Sept. 30 his office collected $2.5 million in criminal cases; $4.6 million in civil matters; and $7 million in forfeiture proceedings. He says his office collected an additional $731,000 by partnering with other federal prosecutors on cases.

     
  • Court rules man properly committed for huffing gasoline Dec 2, 2014 11:17 AM
    A Marathon County judge properly forced a man into treatment for huffing gasoline, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday, rejecting his argument that gasoline doesn’t qualify as a drug. The family of the man, who was identified only as Zachary W. in court documents, petitioned to have him involuntarily committed last year, alleging he was a danger to himself because he had been huffing gasoline regularly for two to three years.

     
  • Families displaced by Franklin building fire Dec 2, 2014 6:20 AM
    The American Red Cross says at least six families have been displaced by an apartment complex fire near Milwaukee. Police and firefighters from at least six area departments responded to the fire Monday afternoon in Franklin. No injuries have been reported. Authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze. The extent of the damage is unclear. The Hales Corners fire chief tells WISN-TV the fire started in a unit in the northwest corner of the apartment complex and the tenant got out safely. The Red Cross says it is assisting families that are displaced because gas and water were turned off in the building.

     
  • Dwyane Wade funds Milwaukee youth literacy program Dec 2, 2014 6:20 AM
    NBA star and former Marquette University basketball player Dwyane Wade is funding a summer reading program for Milwaukee students to help close the area’s literacy gap. The university said Monday the Miami Heat player has pledged $195,000 over three years to fund the Dwyane Wade “Live the Dream” Summer Reading program at the school’s learning and literacy center. Wade challenged others in the community to match his gift so the program for second- and third-graders would be funded for six years. The program is set to start sometime in 2015 and will provide free transportation for children to and from Marquette’s campus. Wade attended the university from 2000 to 2003. He made the donation through his Wade’s World Foundation.

     
  • Benefit supports family of slain Milwaukee girl Dec 1, 2014 5:48 AM
    Roughly 400 people have attended a fundraiser for the family of a 5-year-old girl who was fatally shot when bullets were fired into her grandparents’ Milwaukee home. The weekend benefit in honor of Laylah Petersen raised money for the girl’s funeral and therapy services for her family. Any remaining money will go into a trust fund for the girl’s sister. Laylah was killed Nov. 6 when gunfire tore through her grandparents’ home on the city’s North Side. Police say two people approached the house and fired numerous times. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. WTMJ-TV reports a silent auction at the Saturday benefit in Menomonee Falls included autographed basketball shoes donated by Milwaukee Bucks players Jabari Parker and Johnny O’Bryant.

     
  • UW-River Falls enrolls dozens of Brazil students Dec 1, 2014 2:11 PM
    The number of foreign exchange students from Brazil has increased significantly at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Nearly 200 Brazilian students are studying at the western Wisconsin university this year, more than any other campus in the UW System. Top students can apply for the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, which offers scholarships in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, often called STEM. If selected, the students can study abroad for a year with their , essentially funded by the Brazilian government. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says River Falls administrators credit the array of STEM course offerings at the university and the schools focus on agriculture. Brazil’s scholarship program requires students to return to their home country for a time after studying abroad.

     
  • Turnout in Wisconsin election nears 55 percent Dec 1, 2014 2:11 PM
    Official results show that turnout in last month’s election in Wisconsin was just shy of 55 percent of the voting-age population. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board certified the election results on Monday. The final numbers show that just over 2.4 million people voted in the governor’s race in which Scott Walker won a second term over Democratic challenger Mary Burke. That comes out to 54.57 percent of the voting-age population. That is the highest turnout for a midterm governor’s election since at least 1950. Walker won with 52.2 percent of the vote compared with 46.5 percent for Burke. Libertarian Robert Burke got less than 1 percent of the vote, while write-in candidate state Rep. Brett Hulsey did even worse. He got just 52 votes total.

     
  • New group forms to push for Wisconsin right-to-work law Dec 1, 2014 2:11 PM
    A new group launched Monday by a longtime conservative activist is pushing to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state where private-sector workers couldn’t be required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment. Wisconsin Right to Work’s creation comes a month after Gov. Scott Walker won a second term and Republicans, many of whom support right-to-work laws, increased their majority in the state Legislature. Walker’s signature legislative achievement was passing a law in 2011, known as Act 10, that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers and prohibited workers from being forced to join a union or pay dues. Walker has not proposed making Wisconsin a right-to-work state, and he largely dodged the issue during his re-election campaign, saying it was not a priority. But Wisconsin Right to Work’s leader Lorri Pickens promised Monday to “aggressively promote” its right-to-work agenda. The news release announcing the group said its mission was to “advance freedom in the workforce by ensuring that all individuals, whether or not they choose to join a union, have the same benefits, rights and protections.” Pickens said in an email that she wasn’t available to comment in more detail until Monday afternoon. She has been a longtime player in conservative politics in Wisconsin, serving as state director for Americans for Prosperity, the main political advocacy group funded by conservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch. Pickens served as campaign manager of Vote Yes for Marriage, the group that supported a 2006 state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and also was as a lobbyist for Wisconsin Family Action in 2007, an anti-abortion group that also supported the ban. Those opposed to right-to-work laws said formation of the group showed that the issue is not going away. “The formation of this group is just another way for CEOs and multinational corporations to weaken unions and stack the deck even more in their favor, all at the expense of our middle class,” Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt said. While Walker has indicated right-to-work was not a priority, “clearly the far right wing of his party has other ideas in mind,” Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca said. He added that passing such a law would make it more difficult for workers to earn a living wage and support their families. Walker said during his re-election campaign that right-to-work legislation would be a distraction, was not a priority of his and he would not push it next year. But he also stopped short of saying he would veto it should the Republican-controlled Legislature pass a bill. “As he has said previously, Governor Walker’s focus is on growing Wisconsin’s economy and creating jobs,” spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said in a statement that didn’t directly address his position. “Anything that distracts from that is not a priority for him.” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos supports right-to-work laws, but also has sidestepped the issue in recent months. In July, after the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Act 10, Vos said he didn’t intend to pursue right-to-work legislation next year. Vos spokeswoman Kit Beyer said he had nothing new to say on the issue Monday. Myranda Tanck, spokeswoman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, said he was open to making right-to-work legislation a priority, but needed to discuss it with Walker and legislative leaders to determine support. ——— Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sbauerAP

     
  • Firefighter injured fighting paper mill fire Dec 1, 2014 10:32 AM
    One firefighter has been injured while battling a blaze at a Green Bay paper mill. Authorities say the firefighter was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Firefighters from Green Bay and several area departments worked the fire at the Procter & Gamble plant Sunday evening. Fire broke out in a paper machine at the facility. Press-Gazette Media says firefighters fought the blaze for more than three hours.

     
  • Wisconsin dog hunters can go after wolves Dec 1, 2014 10:36 AM
    It looks like hunters will get a chance to run dogs on wolves, at least for a while. Wisconsin’s wolf season began in October but Monday was the first day hunters could use dogs to track and corner wolves. It appeared that dog users might not get a chance to get out before the season ended — hunters were just four wolves short of the 150-animal statewide kill limit going into the weekend — but according to state Department of Natural Resources data no one had taken any more wolves as of Sunday. Hunters aren’t allowed to let their dogs actually kill wolves, but wolf advocates still say running dogs on wolves is inhumane because wolves will turn and fight rather than flee.

     
  • Wisconsin DNR: Teenager shoots Brillion man while hunting Dec 1, 2014 10:28 AM
    Wisconsin authorities say a man is seriously injured after being shot by a 16-year-old hunter in Manitowoc County. HTR Media reports Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden supervisor George Protogere said Sunday the 24-year-old Brillion man was shot Saturday just before shooting hours were over. He says the injuries are serious but aren’t considered life threatening. Protogere says the Reedsville teenager shot the man with a shotgun. He says the teen was firing at a doe when the victim was out of sight on wooded, private land near Clarks Mills. The incident is under investigation.

     
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