Latest Wisconsin state government News

Wisconsin governor lights 'holiday' tree; choir sings carols

Dec. 6, 2019 5:42 PM EST

Madison, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers lit the state Capitol's “holiday tree” while praising scientists as a choir sang Christmas carols Friday in an odd juxtaposition of the two sides of the ongoing debate over the tree's symbolism. The state Department of Administration places a...

Investigators to brief Wisconsin Guard leader on sex probe

Dec. 5, 2019 4:30 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal investigators plan to brief the Wisconsin National Guard's top commander this weekend on findings from a seven-month review of the Guard's sexual assault reporting and investigation protocols, Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday in a letter to legislative leaders. The Guard has been...

Governor: Wisconsin must 'step up' after school shootings

Dec. 4, 2019 5:44 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday that after shootings on consecutive days at Wisconsin high schools, the state must increase funding for mental health services at schools — a shift from his past insistence on passing gun control measures that Republicans legislators...

Officials ID police involved in Wisconsin school shootings

Dec. 4, 2019 3:05 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Investigators on Wednesday released the names of the police officers who injured students in back-to-back shootings at two high schools in Wisconsin this week. State Department of Justice officials said Oshkosh West High School Resource Officer Mike Wissink shot and wounded a...

Wisconsin officers on front lines in 2 student shootings

Dec. 3, 2019 6:29 PM EST

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin high school resource officers have found themselves on the front lines in two student shootings in the past two days, underscoring how police in schools can face life-or-death situations and likely adding to the debate over the best ways to respond to school threats. An...

Latest: Governor has personal ties to school shooting site

Dec. 3, 2019 4:41 PM EST

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the second shooting at a Wisconsin high school in two days (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has a personal connection to the high school where a 16-year-old student was shot by a resource officer after stabbing him. Evers said Tuesday that two of his...

Ex-Wisconsin Gov. Walker open to seeking office after 2025

Dec. 3, 2019 2:31 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he won’t run for office again before 2025, but he “wouldn’t rule anything out” after that. Walker also says he hopes Rebecca Kleefisch, his former lieutenant governor, runs for governor in 2022. He says she...

The Latest: Bus, tractor-trailer collide in upstate New York

Dec. 2, 2019 9:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a wintry storm in the U.S. East (all times local): 9:10 p.m. A bus carrying about 30 people collided with a tractor-trailer on an upstate New York highway during a snowstorm. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there were some injuries in Monday night’s crash but that they...

Trump impeachment drive has similarities to Wisconsin recall

Nov. 29, 2019 6:19 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A divisive leader drove the opposition to extreme measures. The political climate was toxic — with little civil debate or middle ground. The clash ended in a high-risk political showdown that captured the nation’s attention and shaped the next election. This was the 2012...

The Latest: Highway lanes from California to Oregon reopen

Nov. 28, 2019 8:52 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the pre-Thanksgiving wintry storm (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 have reopened heading from Redding, California, all the way to the Oregon border. California transportation officials said Wednesday the freeway was clear and no chains are...