- Ideology not only differences for Supreme Court hopefuls Updated: Feb-13-16 1:43 pm
MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Supreme Court primary election arrives Tuesday with the same overt partisanship that has characterized the court itself in recent years, but a look past the campaign ads finds more differences in the candidates than just ideology.
- Senate committee advances ban on county executives Updated: Feb-12-16 6:34 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A Senate committee advanced a bill Friday that would ban county executives from serving concurrently in the Wisconsin Legislature.
- Corrections chief resigns amid youth prison investigation Updated: Feb-12-16 6:09 pm
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall has resigned amid an investigation into abuse allegations at the state's youth prison, the governor's office said Friday as news emerged that the FBI had taken over the inquiry.
- Elections board predicts 10 percent turnout Tuesday Updated: Feb-12-16 6:02 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board is predicting about 10 percent of eligible voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the spring primary election.
- Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws Updated: Feb-12-16 5:36 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin's hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats' complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies.
- Walker appoints new UW regents Updated: Feb-12-16 4:48 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker has appointed three new University of Wisconsin regents.
- Assembly OKs bill cutting Planned Parenthood reimbursement Updated: Feb-11-16 11:14 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans moved within a step Thursday of cutting millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood, pushing a bill that would limit Medicaid reimbursements for certain family planning clinics through the state Assembly and on to Gov. Scott Walker.
- Walker to sign bill Friday changing Wisconsin civil service Updated: Feb-11-16 7:16 pm
APPLETON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker plans Friday to sign a Republican-backed bill to overhaul Wisconsin's civil service system.
- Wisconsin Assembly approves bill expanding landlord rights Updated: Feb-11-16 6:28 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Landlords would have more power to evict tenants for criminal activity under a bill the state Assembly passed Thursday that dramatically expands the rights of rental property owners.
- Panel OKs relaxing emission regs, tweaks renewable program Updated: Feb-10-16 6:54 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans on the Legislature's powerful budget committee approved a bill Wednesday that would relax portions of Wisconsin's sulfur dioxide regulations and rework utilities' obligations to pay into the state's renewable energy program.
- Lawmakers push committee to review John Doe investigations Updated: Feb-10-16 6:34 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would allow them access to documents from closed John Doe investigations involving Gov. Scott Walker.
- Panel approves $15.8 million for mental health institutes Updated: Feb-10-16 6:28 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee overwhelmingly approved state health officials' request Wednesday to pump millions of dollars more into upgrades at Wisconsin's mental health institutions.
- Lawmakers decry ban on county executives in Legislature Updated: Feb-10-16 4:20 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A bill that would bar county executives from serving concurrently in the Wisconsin Legislature is being criticized as hard-core partisan politics.
- Senate approves online voter registration bill Updated: Feb-09-16 11:17 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow Wisconsin residents to register to vote online, putting the state on track to join 30 other states that offer online registration.
- Assembly approves water development, property rights bills Updated: Feb-09-16 10:56 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Shoreline property owners would have more leeway to dredge and build structures on bodies of water under legislation the Wisconsin Assembly advanced Tuesday despite concerns from minority Democrats that the proposals would harm the state's waters.
- University of Kansas touts projects, defends bonding deal Updated: Feb-09-16 6:22 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The University of Kansas turned to a Wisconsin agency to secure financing for new student housing and new science labs because it needed to move quickly, university officials said Tuesday, as the school sought to answer Republican lawmakers' allegations that it went rogue.
- Senate approves bill allowing new special license plates Updated: Feb-09-16 5:34 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Senate has passed a bill that would create a new process for groups to obtain special license plates.
- Assembly approves wrongful conviction compensation Updated: Feb-09-16 5:12 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin legislators took a step Tuesday toward dramatically increasing compensation for the wrongly convicted, unanimously passing a bill in the state Assembly that would boost exonorees' payouts and grant them state insurance and job training benefits.
- Assembly OKs bill making spitting on prosecutors felony Updated: Feb-09-16 4:13 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Spitting at prosecutors would carry a felony charge under a bill the Wisconsin Assembly has approved.
- Wisconsin Assembly OKs pushing back wolf hunt date Updated: Feb-09-16 3:52 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would push the start of Wisconsin's wolf hunt back if the federal government allows the season to resume.
- Assembly approves CPR training bill Updated: Feb-09-16 3:38 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would require Wisconsin schools to provide CPR training in seventh- and eighth-grade health classes.
- Trooper back at work 2 years after being struck along road Updated: Feb-09-16 8:27 am
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin - A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper who suffered severe injuries and the loss of part of his right leg two years ago is back on the job after a grueling recovery.
- Wisconsin Senate to vote on managed forest overhaul Updated: Feb-09-16 5:05 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Senate is set to vote on a bill that would re-shape Wisconsin's managed forest program.
- TV ads hit airwaves ahead of Wisconsin Supreme Court primary Updated: Feb-08-16 4:31 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Television ads are hitting the airwaves as Wisconsin's Supreme Court race heads into its final week before a primary whittles the three-candidate field down to two contenders.
- GOP to defendants: Don't spit on the prosecutor Updated: Feb-07-16 12:06 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg was delivering his closing argument in the prosecution of a man accused of spitting on prison guards when he heard a crumpling noise behind him. Moments later, a wad of paper hit his shoulder - filled with the inmate's saliva.