Latest Wisconsin state government News

Outdoor Addiction ushers in new era of deer processing

Dec. 7, 2019 1:01 AM EST

BLUE MOUNDS, Wis. (AP) — The number of people hunting deer is on a decades-long slide, this year’s harvest is off from last season, and chronic wasting disease is still a major concern. Alex Lease, however, had no qualms about buying a deer-processing business this summer along Highway ID in the...

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...

Wisconsin roads panel reconvenes after 5-year hiatus

Dec. 6, 2019 3:28 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan commission tasked with making recommendations on what major Wisconsin road projects should move forward met for the first time in half a decade on Friday. The Transportation Projects Commission did not recommend any new projects at its meeting, but Wisconsin Department of...

Audit faults oversight of state-owned residential properties

Dec. 6, 2019 11:55 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin hasn't properly tracked all state-owned residential properties that are leased to state employees such as park rangers and University of Wisconsin faculty, an audit released Friday found. The report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau said that mismanagement...

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...

Man charged with damaging state Supreme Court chambers

Dec. 4, 2019 4:44 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Madison man with causing thousands of dollars in damage to the Wisconsin Supreme Court chambers last month. Court records indicate 26-year-old Timothy Binford was charged Monday with felony property damage and disorderly conduct. He could face up to...

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...

2 arrested after pursuit, manhunt in Monroe County

Dec. 4, 2019 12:21 PM EST

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — Two suspects are in custody following a police pursuit and manhunt in Monroe County. The Wisconsin State Patrol says a trooper made a routine traffic stop at an exit in Tomah Tuesday and said he could smell marijuana. The patrol says when he asked the driver to step out of the vehicle...

In reversal, Gov. Evers releases day's worth of emails

Dec. 4, 2019 11:10 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers released a day's worth of his emails to a newspaper, after initially saying state law prohibited him from doing that. Evers fulfilled an open records request made by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for all emails he sent and received on Nov. 12. The three...