Dane County serves as model for recidivism task force

Health 05/20/19, 00:05

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 when they are admitted into ...

Mayor: City doesn’t want to be identified with Klan group

U.S. 05/16/19, 08:26

The mayor of an Indiana city is distancing his community from a local Ku Klux Klan group that is planning a rally in Ohio this month, saying the city doesn't "stand for any kind of hate."The Facebook page for the Honorable Sacred Knights lists a post office box in Madison, ...

Supreme Court conservatives attack lame-duck arguments

U.S. 05/15/19, 15:25

Conservative justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court attacked liberal groups' claims Wednesday that Republican legislators met illegally when they passed laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' and Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers during a lame-duck session last year, saying the Legislature can decide when it wants to meet.That lame-duck ...

Wisconsin university helps cat get new back legs

U.S. 05/03/19, 15:26

A tabby cat has new back legs, with the help of some University of Wisconsin-Madison students and a 3D printer.Community Cat shelter vice president Sarah Close says Chicago Animal Care and Control found the stray with infected legs last September and turned him over to the Whitewater, Wisconsin- based shelter.A ...

Cole Madison finds his way back to football with Packers

Sports 05/03/19, 01:54

When the Green Bay Packers used a fifth-round draft pick on Cole Madison last year, there was optimism that the former Washington State standout would be able to fill an opening at right guard.Madison didn't report for training camp. He put football on hold to focus on his life."I love ...

Immigrants, backers rally for driver’s licenses in Wisconsin

U.S. 05/01/19, 13:21

Immigrants and their supporters converged Wednesday on the Wisconsin Capitol to rally for Gov. Tony Evers' proposal that would make driver's licenses available to people who are living in the country illegally.Many at the rally carried signs that read "Driver's Licenses for All" and called on Republican legislative leaders to ...

Foxconn buys building across street from Wisconsin Capitol

Tech 04/12/19, 15:38

Foxconn Technology Group announced Friday it was buying a six-story office building across the street from Wisconsin's state Capitol to house an off-campus research center it will run as part of a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The purchase is the latest in a string of buildings Foxconn has acquired ...

Wisconsin appeals court restores laws from lame-duck session

Politics 03/27/19, 16:11

A Wisconsin appeals court has sided with Republicans and reinstated laws passed during a lame-duck legislative session that weaken powers of the Democratic governor and attorney general. The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Wednesday put on hold a ruling made last week striking down the laws as unconstitutional. The appeals court ...

A village and volunteers preserve a struggling grocery co-op

Business 03/23/19, 00:06

Honey Creek Market isn't your typical grocery co-op.While others like Madison-based Willy Street Co-op, Yahara River Grocery Co-op in Stoughton and Viroqua Food Co-op in Vernon County are known for their organic produce, vegan options and bulk grains, the inventory at Honey Creek is more in line with that of ...

Republicans ask to stay order blocking lame-duck laws

U.S. 03/22/19, 19:35

Wisconsin Republicans asked an appeals court Friday to immediately reinstate GOP-backed laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, sparking a flurry of legal maneuvering as both sides jockeyed for position before the court makes a decision. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued an ...

Judge blocks laws limiting powers of Wisconsin governor

Politics 03/21/19, 12:47

A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess brushed aside GOP concerns that ...

O’Rourke returning to Wisconsin for early campaign stops

Politics 03/15/19, 10:10

Beto O'Rourke is returning to Wisconsin this weekend for early campaign stops that speak to the importance of the state in the 2020 presidential race. O'Rourke is slated to appear Sunday at a coffee shop in Madison, the state's liberal capital city, before heading to Milwaukee — site of the 2020 ...

Beto O’Rourke heads to 2020 battleground state of Wisconsin

U.S. 02/14/19, 17:22

Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is coming to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus Friday for a meet and greet with students and faculty, a closely guarded event that will be the former Texas congressman's first visit to a key state in the battleground, industrial Midwest. O'Rourke is scheduled to ...

A look at lawsuits challenging Wisconsin’s lame-duck laws

U.S. 02/04/19, 17:07

A coalition of five labor unions filed the third lawsuit Monday challenging new power-stripping measures Wisconsin Republicans approved before the new Democratic governor took office.Here is a look at the latest legal challenge and the status of the other two:HOW DID THE LAWS HURT DEMOCRATS?The measures approved in a lame-duck ...

Unions, senator file 3rd lame-duck lawsuit in Wisconsin

U.S. 02/04/19, 12:19

A coalition of labor unions and a Democratic lawmaker filed another lawsuit Monday challenging measures Wisconsin Republicans approved in a lame-duck session, alleging in part that the new laws illegally weaken the governor and attorney general while placing an "incalculable" financial burden on taxpayers.GOP legislators passed a sweeping package of ...

Suicide prevention project aims to help distressed farmers

Health 02/04/19, 01:05

Financial struggles led Leon Statz to sell his 50 dairy cows, causing the third-generation farmer to become depressed.Then land next to his 200-acre farm near Loganville went up for sale — land his late father had said he should buy. Statz, who didn't have the money, became hopeless.On Oct. 8, ...

Review of Wisconsin voting machines could be made public

U.S. 01/30/19, 13:09

Election security experts are watching a Wisconsin court case stemming from the 2016 presidential recount that could result in the first public conclusions on whether closely guarded ballot-counting machines were hacked or failed to perform. The key question at the heart of the case is whether former Green Party presidential candidate ...

Community helps troubled teen find new life in South Dakota

Sports 01/26/19, 01:05

Iesha Meredith's townhome comes to life when Doyle Brown, her younger brother, walks through the door.The Madison High School senior, who moved to South Dakota from Louisiana in 2015 to escape the negative influences of his early teens, is immediately swarmed by his nieces, who greet him with hugs and ...

Competitor wins bid for bankrupt Wisconsin distillery

Business 12/24/18, 19:32

Wisconsin's largest distillery is on the path to new ownership after filing for bankruptcy last month.Dancing Goat Distillery, a local competitor in Cambridge, submitted the winning bid of nearly $2.5 million at a bankruptcy auction last week for Death's Door Distillery in Middleton, a suburb just 6 miles west of ...

Police to announce Wisconsin explosion investigation results

U.S. 12/20/18, 11:22

Investigators are planning to announce the results of a criminal investigation into an explosion that leveled a city block and killed a firefighter in southern Wisconsin.Sun Prairie police have scheduled a news conference Thursday to reveal the findings.Firefighter Cory Barr was killed in the July 10 explosion that destroyed a ...

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