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Prosecutor clears deputy in eighth-grader's death Submitted: 01/19/2018

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ASHLAND - The death of a teen carrying a butcher knife who was shot by an Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy led to a march, rallies, and community discussions about police relations.

Friday, a special prosecutor cleared the deputy in that shooting.

Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich shot and killed Jason Pero, 14, in November.

Police believe Pero wanted to die.

In a 911 call, the teen was the one who told police someone was walking around with a knife that day. Pero described a a guy walking around outside his house with a knife. The man was wearing a purple sweatshirt. 

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UW-Madison faculty, staff to get 4 percent pay increase Submitted: 01/19/2018

MADISON - The University of Wisconsin-Madison has announced plans to give faculty and staff a 4 percent pay increase over the next year.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a 2 percent pay raise would occur in July followed by another 2 percent increase January 2019.

The university says employees must have started in their current positions by Jan. 8, be meeting performance expectations and must complete campus sexual harassment training to qualify for the raise.

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Court case advances for man accused of ramming cars at Lambeau Field Submitted: 01/19/2018

GREEN BAY - The case against a man accused of ramming cars at Lambeau Field will go forward.

A preliminary hearing for Chay Vang was held Thursday.

He's facing seven charges, including recklessly endangering safety.

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Governor plans orders to fight opioid abuse Submitted: 01/19/2018

MADISON - Governor Scott Walker plans to issue two executive orders to fight opioid abuse.

The governor plans to sign the orders Friday afternoon in Eau Claire.

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Wisconsin unemployment hit record low in December Submitted: 01/18/2018

MADISON - Preliminary estimates show unemployment in Wisconsin reached a record low in December.

The state Department of Workforce Development released figures Thursday that show the unemployment rate in December was 3 percent. That's a record for December and matches the lowest rate on record.

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Welfare reform package proposed by governor Submitted: 01/18/2018

MADISON - Governor Scott Walker wants the Wisconsin Legislature to pass a welfare overhaul package this year that includes tougher work requirements and additional drug testing.

Walker unveiled the proposals Thursday. They are backed by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and state Sen. Chris Kapenga.

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Suspect in motorcycle shop standoff to represent himself Submitted: 01/18/2018

OSHKOSH - A defendant accused of initiating a fatal police standoff at a Neenah motorcycle shop will be allowed to represent himself at his upcoming trial.

That's after a judge allowed the ninth and tenth lawyers assigned to the case to withdraw.

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State Senate seat in western Wisconsin won by Democratic candidate Submitted: 01/17/2018

MILWAUKEE - A historically red district in Wisconsin that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2016 has voted in a Democrat in a special election.

Patty Schachtner beat GOP state Representative Adam Jarchow to become the first Democrat to represent the 10th Senate District in at least 16 years.

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Deadly deer disease now found in Milwaukee County Submitted: 01/17/2018

MILWAUKEE - The first case of chronic wasting disease has been found in Milwaukee County.

The Department of Natural Resources says the disease was found in a four year old deer in West Allis.

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Michigan, mining company reach settlement on erosion damage Submitted: 01/17/2018

SILVER CITY, MI - Michigan officials have reached a settlement with a mining company involving erosion caused by exploration of an underground copper deposit near Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says it recently signed a consent order with Copperwood Resources. The company will pay a $25,000 fine, stabilize the site and restore affected wetlands.

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