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Wis. committee OKs drunken driving bills

Posted: 09/12/2013 - The Republican-authored measures would change third and fourth offenses from misdemeanors to felonies; ensure all second offenses are misdemeanors and all fourth offenses would be felonies; require mandatory court appearances; impose mandatory sentences for drunken drivers who injure or kill someone; and allow authorities to seize drunken drivers' cars.

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US measles tally already among worst in 15 years

Posted: 09/12/2013 - Before a vaccine became available about 50 years ago, nearly all children got measles by their 15th birthday. In those days, nearly 500 Americans died from measles each year.

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Cheese brine is Milwaukee's latest deicer

Posted: 09/12/2013 - This winter, public works crews will try mixing cheese brine with the rock salt. The brine is a liquid waste product left over from cheese making. The downside is its distinctive odor.

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Mining bill most heavily lobbied this year

Posted: 09/12/2013 - The Government Accountability Board on Thursday released figures showing that lobbyists spent 3,578 hours twisting arms on the mining bills, or more than 27 hours for each lawmaker.

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Severe drought expands in Minnesota, Wisconsin

Updated: 09/12/2013 - The area of severe drought now extends across the northern Twin Cities metro area into western Wisconsin, as well as down a ribbon of land along the Mississippi River to the southeast corner of Minnesota.

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Lawsuit server says Wis. leg aide pushed him

Posted: 09/12/2013 - According to court documents, Bruce Lowery tried to serve Vukmir on Sept. 3 in her Capitol office. Lowery said Vukmir aide Jason Rostan chased him, pushed him down and called him vulgar names.

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NEW INFORMATION: Walker's veto of sportsmen grant saved $28 million

Posted: 09/12/2013 - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released two letters from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service warning that the grant would violate federal rules by removing control of the money from the DNR to the Legislature and lead to a loss in the $28 million.

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NEW INFORMATION: Catholic, voucher schools oppose testing bill

Updated: 09/12/2013 - Thursday's hearing before the state Senate Education Committee demonstrated how difficult it will be for policy makers to come up with an accountability plan that can find support both with the public and private school communities, but also in the Legislature and with Gov. Scott Walker.

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Wis. DNR looking to buy tree seeds

Updated: 09/12/2013 - The DNR has established seed buying stations around the state and at state nurseries in Wisconsin Rapids, Boscobel and Hayward.

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