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Lawmaker's 'lonely ship' fills as support for cannabis grows

May. 26, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Elected as state representative for the 48th Assembly District, Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, has been "legislating through listening" to her 60,000 constituents since 2012. The stories and concerns she heard from voters in her district have launched Sargent on an unexpected...

Producers grapple with UW Health's shift from local food

May. 25, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In February of this year, Tommy Stauffer of Vitruvian Farms in McFarland went to meet with UW Health. Vitruvian had been selling salad greens, tomatoes and microgreens to the hospital's cafeterias for more than three years. "We met with the whole chef team," said Stauffer, who runs...

Teacher charged in California sex assault fired in Wisconsin

May. 23, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A California high school teacher charged with sexually assaulting a girl starting when she was 16 was previously deemed "dangerous for the children in his custody" by a Wisconsin school district, a news report said Thursday. Hector Vazquez, a Spanish teacher at Westmoor High...

Wisconsin lawmakers take aim at potentially toxic chemicals

May. 23, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some Wisconsin legislators are pushing to curtail the use of firefighting foams that contain potentially toxic chemicals and establish standards that limit how much of the substances can safely exist in the state's groundwater, air and soil. Firefighting foam can contain...

Dane County Judge Karofsky enters Supreme Court race

May. 23, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky has officially entered the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court next year. Karofsky on Thursday announced her candidacy, after she said in April that she had planned to get into the race. Karofsky is running for the seat currently held by...

Lawmaker accused of showing gun in Wisconsin Capitol office

May. 23, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker allegedly displayed his holstered gun in a Democratic legislator's Wisconsin Capitol office earlier this year. Democratic Rep. Sheila Stubbs' aide, Savion Castro, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Republican Rep. Shae Sortwell came into Stubbs' Capitol...

Wisconsin Democrat Pocan calls for Trump impeachment

May. 21, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan on Tuesday called for impeachment proceedings to move forward against President Donald Trump. Pocan tweeted that Trump's "stonewalling Congress on witnesses" and not releasing the un-redacted report from special counsel Robert Mueller's...

Wisconsin homeowner worried about looming solar development

May. 20, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

DARIEN, Wis. (AP) — A tattered American flag waved in Roger Millard's front lawn amid sprawling Walworth County farmland. For 28 years, Millard, 67, has lived in the quaint, two-story home off North Road about 3 miles northwest of the village of Darien. "I wanted to live in the country," Millard said. "I'm...

Dane County serves as model for recidivism task force

May. 20, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dane County Jail inmate Christopher Beierle says he is in constant pain from an untreated hernia, but he cannot get a surgery that would alleviate his symptoms because he is not eligible for health care while incarcerated. Inmates are excluded from federal health and veterans' benefits...

More Wisconsin grocers seek to offer curbside alcohol pickup

May. 18, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More Wisconsin grocers are asking municipalities for liquor license extensions so they can take alcohol purchased online out to customers' vehicles. Walmart and Pick 'n Save first started offering curbside pickup of beer, wine and spirits in the Milwaukee and Fox Valley areas in 2017....