The attorney for convicted killer Steven Avery has promised to make a big announcement Monday.
Avery is serving a life sentence for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. A circuit judge rejected a request for a new trial when it was filed last month. Avery's case is the subject of the Netflix docu-series, "Making A Murderer." His nephew, Brendan Dassey, is also in prison for participating in the crime.
Walker’s son considering run for Congress
Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his 25-year-old son is troubled that controversial New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is seen as being reflective of his generation.
Matt Walker is considering a campaign for the 5th District seat in the House of Representatives being vacated by the retirement of Jim Sensenbrenner. The younger Walker hasn't made the campaign official yet. So far, Democrat Tom Palzewicz is the only official candidate for the pending vacancy in the state's congressional delegation.
Evers declares September Suicide Awareness Prevention Month
Gov. Tony Evers is declaring September as "Suicide Prevention Month" in Wisconsin.
Sept. 10 is "Suicide Prevention Day." State officials say 886 Wisconsinites lost their lives to suicide in 2018. Evers said, "we have to get serious about de-stigmatizing mental health and suicide and start investing in much-needed mental health resources, especially for our kids at school and our farmers who are facing unprecedented economic challenges.” Lawmakers approved $200,000 last week for a program aimed at supporting Wisconsin farmers’ mental health. People in need of help are urged to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.
“As a farmer, legislator, and member of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, I am very aware of the mental health issues many farmers are struggling with on a daily basis,” Rep. Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond, said in a statement. “The proposal approved this week opens access to mental health care for at-risk farmers.”
Evers leading 9-day Wis. trade mission to Japan
Gov. Tony Evers and 28-member delegation from Wisconsin left Friday for Japan for a nine-day trade mission.
The group will visit Tokyo first for the annual Midwest-Japan Association Conference and attend meetings in Yokohama and Chiba City. Evers says he looks forward to renewing Wisconsin's longstanding relationship with Japan and "learning more about our Japanese partners and increasing opportunities for Wisconsin businesses." Japan is the fourth-largest market for Wisconsin exports with $735 million worth of goods in 2018.
DNR proposes new fishing rules for Lake Superior
Commercial fishermen would be affected by new rules for Lake Superior which are being proposed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The state agency says the new permanent rules would help ensure the sustainability of commercial fisheries — especially for lake trout and whitefish. They would update the "total allowable commercial harvest for lake trout" and revise or modify several other requirements. Public comments will be accepted until next Monday. Hook and line fishing won't be affected.
Leaders: Departure of Foxconn exec shouldn’t impact project
Wisconsin officials and Foxconn say the departure of executive Louis Woo should have no effect on the massive project going up in Racine County.
Woo says he is stepping down to deal with some personal matters. An unconfirmed report indicates he tripped and fell in London several weeks ago and he faces a long recovery. AI expert Jay Lee will take his place in heading the flat-screen manufacturing plant being built in Mount Pleasant.
Eau Claire schools: Lunches are safe
Officials with the Eau Claire Area School District are assuring parents their children's lunches are safe.
A letter from Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck informed those parents that a teacher cut her mouth Thursday when she bit down on a "small object" in a school lunch. That lunch selection was pulled from the menu and other lunches were inspected, but no problems were found. No one else found anything in their lunch which wasn't supposed to be there.
Wis. man fakes kidnapping to get wife’s sympathy, is arrested in instead
When things settled down, Columbia County sheriff's deputies say they figured out that a 45-year-old man just made up the story that he was being kidnapped.
Darrel Moll admits calling his wife and texting her, saying he was being held against his will. They had been arguing and he had hoped she would come looking for him. Moll was arrested after he admitted he zip-tied himself to the chair and made the calls and texts to get his wife's sympathy. He had hoped she would come — instead, she called authorities.