- Dane County would be shut out of water quality decisions Updated: May-05-15 6:28 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Dane County would not have a say in its own water quality standards under a vote made by the Legislature's budget committee.
- Lawmakers agree with Walker, cut $4 million recycling money Updated: May-05-15 4:38 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget-writing committee has voted to cut a local recycling program cut by 20 percent.
- Wisconsin lawmakers tell committee to repeal prevailing wage Updated: May-05-15 4:10 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Lawmakers, construction companies and local government leaders sparred Tuesday over a Republican bill that would repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage law, with supporters saying the measure would save money and opponents arguing the law guarantees quality construction and wage equality.
- Panel approves hiring 35 more public defenders Updated: May-05-15 3:55 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Legislature's budget-writing committee has voted to pay for hiring 35 additional assistant public defenders.
- Walker's UW proposal dead in Legislature; cuts debated Updated: May-05-15 3:20 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to give the University of Wisconsin System more independence from state law and oversight won't pass this year, while other flexibilities and the level of funding for higher education remain up for debate, co-chairs of the Legislature's powerful Joint Finance Committee said Tuesday.
- Supreme Court justices, chief would be paid same Updated: May-05-15 3:19 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court would no longer earn $8,000 more than the other six justices under a budget provision that has been approved by a legislative committee.
- Budget panel votes for district attorney, defender pay raise Updated: May-05-15 3:01 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee has voted to provide funding to pay for a 2 percent pay raise for prosecutors and public defense attorneys.
- Panel approves Walker's drunken driving spending change Updated: May-05-15 1:06 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget-writing committee has approved cutting $731,000 in grant funding to treat drunken drivers as Gov. Scott Walker proposed.
- Walker to speak at GOP convention, Kaine at Democrats Updated: May-05-15 11:35 am
- Roggensack says she doesn't want to fight with justices Updated: May-05-15 11:01 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Newly elected Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack says she doesn't want to pick a fight with other justices, even though her selection as its leader is contested.
- Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstates conviction Updated: May-05-15 10:32 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated a fourth drunken driving conviction against a Madison area man.
- GOP bill would require civics test to graduate high school Updated: May-04-15 6:40 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin students would have to pass the civics portion of the U.S. citizenship test to graduate from high school under a new Republican bill moving through the Legislature despite educators' misgivings.
- Wisconsin Senate to vote on 70 mph speed limit bill Updated: May-04-15 2:05 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would clear the way for a 70 mph speed limit on at least some Wisconsin roads.
- Walker defends merger Democrat calls 'useless' Updated: Apr-30-15 1:50 pm
MILWAUKEE - Gov. Scott Walker is defending his proposal to merge the state's chief job-creation agency with one that hands out low-interest housing loans.
- Republicans propose banning cellphones in construction zones Updated: Apr-30-15 1:25 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans are moving a bill through the Wisconsin Legislature that would prohibit drivers from using cellphones in construction zones.
- Wisconsin Supreme Court voting for new chief justice Updated: Apr-29-15 9:08 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Supreme Court justices moved quickly Wednesday to elect a new chief following certification of a constitutional amendment that ended seniority as the sole determinant, even as a federal lawsuit was pending seeking to delay replacing longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.
- Supreme Court upholds competency standard in homicide Updated: Apr-29-15 11:32 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Supreme Court says prosecutors must prove a Kenosha man convicted of bludgeoning a woman when he was 15 is competent to proceed with an appeal.
- Lawmakers to hold hearing on food stamp, drug screen bills Updated: Apr-28-15 3:15 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican legislators have introduced a set of bills that would require food stamp users to buy healthy food and require drug screening for state job training program applicants and some unemployment benefit claimants.
- Lawmaker aims to increase state minimum wage to $15 an hour Updated: Apr-28-15 1:40 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A Wisconsin lawmaker says she wants to double the state's minimum wage, calling the matter a civil rights issue.
- Legal fight over voter IDs in Wisconsin continues Updated: Apr-27-15 3:08 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - With two special elections looming next month and one to fill a vacancy in the state Senate coming later this year, opponents of Wisconsin's new voter identification law want a federal court to expand the number of IDs that voters can show at the polls.
- Wisconsin lawmaker targeting drunken driving again Updated: Apr-26-15 1:05 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A Wisconsin lawmaker is trying again to increase penalties for drunken driving in the only state in the nation where first-time offenders face tickets, not jail time.
- 6 injured after dump truck hits Waushara County restaurant Updated: Apr-25-15 1:31 pm
REDGRANITE, Wisconsin - Six people are injured after a dump truck hit a restaurant in central Wisconsin.
- In visit, Walker discounts idea Wisconsin lagging Minnesota Updated: Apr-23-15 5:00 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker hopped across the border Thursday to mingle with Minnesota Republicans and while there discounted suggestions that Wisconsin's economy has performed worse in his time as governor than its Democratic-led neighbor.
- Republicans want to end lawmakers' unpaid sick leave benefit Updated: Apr-23-15 4:41 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A pair of Republican lawmakers wants to do away with a perk for Wisconsin state senators and representatives.
- Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds drunken driving conviction Updated: Apr-23-15 2:58 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the drunken driving conviction in a case where Justice David Prosser withdrew after he or his staff apparently contacted the state crime lab for information.