Though no proposed changes for first-time offenders, Wisconsin lawmakers are considering several bills that would make things much tougher on drunk drivers who repeat the offense.
Thirteen different proposals were discussed by a state Senate committee Wednesday. Some would expand the use of interlocking devices and add jail time for drivers convicted of their fifth or sixth OWI. It still isn't likely that a first-time offense will become a crime.
Lung association supports bill to raise age for buying tobacco, vaping products
The American Lung Association is giving its full support to legislation which would raise the age to buy tobacco and vaping products to 21 in Wisconsin.
The bill has bipartisan support. Research shows people are much less likely to start smoking if they haven't by the time they are 21. The current age limit is 18. Lawmakers are looking at making the change while increasing reports are filed about young people suffering lung damage after using vaping products — especially those containing THC.
Attorney general not satisfied with confidentiality agreement
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul says he doesn't think a confidentiality agreement with Republicans is sufficient.
Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Justice met with the attorney hired by those lawmakers Wednesday. Friday is the deadline to settle seven pending lawsuits involving the state. Even after the agreement was signed, Kaul's office questions whether it applies to every member of the Joint Finance Committee.
Long-serving Wis. congressman won’t seek re-election
Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner says he won't run for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives next year.
The Menomonee Falls politician will have spent 42 years in Washington, D.C., representing Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District. The 76-year-old becomes Wisconsin's longest-serving congressman late next year when he passes Democratic Rep. David Obey's record of 41 years, nine months and three days. Sensenbrenner served 10 years in the Legislature before running for Congress.
La Crosse police investigate phony shooting report
La Crosse police say a man who called to say he had shot and possibly killed two people — hadn't actually done it.
The call came in shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, leading authorities to set up a perimeter around the house. After a couple of hours, police entered the structure and nobody was home. Some students at a nearby elementary school were told to shelter in place. Investigators are trying to determine who made the call.
Chippewa County judge rules girl, 10, unfit for trial
Prosecutors say there is a chance that a young girl accused of stomping a baby to death could eventually go to trial. It won't be soon.
A Chippewa County judge ruled Wednesday the girl is unfit for trial. Infant Jaxon Hunter was killed last year when the girl was 10 years old. The boy's body has never been released to the family and the defense now says more tests may need to be done.
Some upset Portage police killed a protected sandhill crane
Some People in Portage are angry that police killed a federally-protected sandhill crane.
Two cranes had been damaging property in Portage for several years and one was shot Sunday. Police Chief Ken Manthey says it was a no-win situation because some residents are upset the bird was killed while others were upset their property continued to be damaged and wanted the bird eliminated. One resident offered to catch it and give it to a zoo. Wildlife officials gave police permission to kill the crane.