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Wisconsin Traffic Deaths Down This Year

Wisconsin road deaths are on the decline again this year. Donald Lyden, safety research analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, said 215 people have died in traffic crashes as of June 30, compared to 226 on the same date …

Wisconsin Loggers Stealing Valuable Walnut Trees

Loggers spurred by the high price of walnut wood have been illegally cutting down trees on private property in southern Wisconsin, a sheriff said. Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden told Wisconsin State Journal this week that landowners confronted loggers on …

New Lemon Law Limits in Effect in Wisconsin

If the vehicle you just bought turns out to be a lemon, you’ll have less time after this weekend to seek damages from the manufacturer and you won’t get as much money. The restrictions that went into effect Saturday drew …

First Time Wisconsin DUI Offenders Could Have to Appear in Court

The Wisconsin state Senate’s public safety committee has approved a bill that would require all first-time drunken driving offenders to appear in court. First-offense drunken driving in Wisconsin is a civil violation akin to a speeding ticket. Offenders can pay …

MADD Gives Wisconsin Failing Grade in OWI Efforts

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is giving Wisconsin a failing grade, saying the state doesn’t do enough to deter people from driving drunk or to clamp down on people with repeated offenses. The anti-drinking group gave Wisconsin a 2-out-of-5 score in …

Wisconsin Traffic Deaths Dropped 12% in 2013

Traffic deaths in Wisconsin fell 12 percent last year, a drop that state transportation officials partly credit to safety and awareness programs that resonate with younger drivers. There were 530 road fatalities last year, down from 601 road deaths the …

Wisconsin Workplace Fatalities Rise 28 percent

The number of Wisconsin workers killed on the job increased 28 percent last year, in part because of an increase in workplace shootings, according to federal statistics released Wednesday. A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 114 fatal …

Wisconsin Legislation Seeks Cell Phone Ban in Construction Zones

Drivers would be barred from talking on their cellphones while in a construction zone under a bill being circulated in the Wisconsin state Legislature. Republican Sen. Jerry Petrowski, of Marathon, emailed the bill on Friday seeking co-sponsors. The ban would …

Jury Awards $39M in Fatal Wisconsin Garage Panel Fall

A jury Thursday found manufacturer Advance Cast Stone mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee parking garage panel that killed a teenager and injured two others in 2010 and awarded $39 million in damages. The civil jury also found …

Deer Falls Into Wisconsin Church Basement

A six-point buck smashed through a window of a Janesville church over the weekend, fell into the basement and scrambled wildly to escape, as children attended Sunday school classes in nearby rooms. No one was hurt, but the deer had …