State News

Wis DOJ Charged Taylor Co. Deputy With Unauthorized Release Of Police Records

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is prosecuting a Taylor County law enforcement officer for releasing police records to producers of a national television show about unsolved crimes. Taylor County Detective Sgt. Steven Bowers faces 1½ years in prison and a felony conviction for releasing records in 2017 related to two unsolved murders.   Police records…

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Over 200 Bon-Ton Stores Will Be Liquidated, Jobs Lost

In a bankruptcy auction, a group of liquidators bought the assets of Bon-Ton Stores Incorporated, the parent company of more than 200 stores called Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers. Bon-Ton has headquarters in Milwaukee and York, Pennsylvania. Earlier this month, the company filed a notice with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce…

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Osborn Convicted Of Aggravated Battery In Death Of UW-Stout Student

It took the jury more than six hours to finish wrestling with the fate for 28-year-old Cullen Osborn of Minnesota. In the end, Dunn County District Judge Rod Smeltzer read a verdict of guilty of aggravated battery to intend bodily harm. Osborn was acquitted of murder, which was tied to the 2016 death of UW-Stout…

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Gov. Walker Signed Child Rebate & Sales Tax Holiday Laws

Governor Scott Walker said families will be able to sign up for a $100 per-child tax rebate starting on May 15. Walker on Tuesday signed a bill into law that grants the tax rebate for children who were under 18 years of age for all of 2017. Walker said more details about how to apply…

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Gov. Walker Won’t Appoint Milw. Co. Sheriff

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said he will not appoint a replacement for Milwaukee County sheriff; instead he will let the county’s interim sheriff serve the remainder of David Clarke’s term. The governor said in his announcement yesterday that it would be best to let voters pick a replacement in November. That means interim Sheriff Richard…

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Gov. Walker Signed Sarah’s Law

Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into law that was inspired by a March 22 shooting. “Sara’s Law” increases penalties for people convicted of threatening family attorneys. It passed the state Senate unanimously. The idea came after a Wausau attorney, Sara Quirt-Sann, was shot and killed at her workplace on March 22, 2017. She was…

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Wis. Dept. Of Health Warning About Cannabinoids

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has issued a warning about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, often called “fake weed”, “K2”, and “spice.” Severe bleeding has been reported in people who have used synthetic cannabinoids, including one confirmed case in Wisconsin, and two deaths in Illinois. These products are found across the US in convenience…

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Flags At Half-Staff Today For Madison Firefighter

Governor Scott Walker ordered flags to half-staff today in memory of Madison firefighter and paramedic Richard Garner Jr., who died after collapsing shortly after his shift on Sunday, April first. Garner was a firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, and a valued member of his community, serving the Madison area for over five years. A memorial…

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UW To Transfer Half-Billion Trust Fund Management To State Investment Board

The University of Wisconsin is completing the transfer of its half-billion dollar trust funds to the highly rated State of Wisconsin Investment Board for management. The State Investment Board is assuming management of some $560-million in funds which have been bequeathed, gifted or granted to the university. A committee of the UW System Board of…

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