This Hour: Latest Wisconsin news, sports, business and entertainment - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |

This Hour: Latest Wisconsin news, sports, business and entertainment

Posted: Updated:

BIRTH CONTROL-WISCONSIN

Wisconsin to stop enforcing birth control law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker's administration will no longer enforce the state's contraception coverage law for employers with religious objections following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.

The decision riled birth control advocates and Democrats, who said Wednesday that Wisconsin law is not affected by the decision.

The Supreme Court ruled that companies with religious objections, like Hobby Lobby, can avoid the contraceptives requirement of the federal health care overhaul law.

Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner's office spokesman J.P. Wieske said Wednesday that the state had no decision to make because it is federally pre-empted from enforcing the law.

Democratic attorney general candidate Jon Richards says if elected he would initiate legal action to require enforcement of the law. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and others including Planned Parenthood also decried the decision.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Attorney general hopeful proposes senior advocate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Attorney general hopeful Jon Richards wants to create a new position with the state Justice Department to protect senior citizens.

Richards announced Wednesday his so-called senior citizen advocate would work with local prosecutors to protect seniors from fraud and abuse. The advocate also would work with lawmakers to draft legislation to protect seniors. He also says he wants to expand DOJ's Medicaid fraud and elder abuse unit.

Richards, a state representative from Milwaukee, is vying with Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

They'll square off in an Aug. 12 primary. The winner will face Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, the only Republican in the race.

WISCONSIN UNEMPLOYMENT

Unemployment up in Wisconsin's largest cities

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. Unemployment rates went up in 61 of 72 counties and remained unchanged in the other 11.

Wisconsin's monthly unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, unchanged from May.

Racine once again had the highest unemployment rate of any city at 10.4 percent, followed by Beloit at 9.5 percent.

Menominee County had the highest rate for any county at 17.8 percent, followed by Iron County at 11.2 percent.

Dane County had the lowest at 4.2 percent.

BAR ARSON-SETTLEMENT

Man, insurance co. settle over wrongful conviction

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Friendship man who spent almost three years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of arson has reached an undisclosed settlement with his insurance company.

A Wisconsin State Journal report Wednesday says 44-year-old Joseph Awe is satisfied with the deal.

Awe was convicted of burning down a bar he co-owned with his wife in 2006. Experts hired by Mt. Morris Mutual Insurance Co. of Coloma testified that electrical malfunction was not the cause. A fire marshal then declared the fire arson.

But on appeal, experts for the defense said the fire was caused by a faulty electrical system. A judge agreed, saying the previous investigators used a now-discredited method to reach their conclusion.

Mt. Morris attorney Terry Johnson did not immediately return a message Wednesday seeking comment.

MOM-BURGLARY

Police: Mom brought 3 kids to home burglary try

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - Racine police believe a woman brought her three children along when she allegedly tried to burglarize a home.

Thirty-five-year-old Tanya Fawcett faces 10 counts related to a Monday night burglary in Racine.

Officers said a homeowner called 911 when he returned to his home and found a woman and three children - ages 4, 7 and 11 - inside his house. According to the complaint, the man ordered Fawcett and her children to leave.

WISN-TV reports the family tried to escape down an embankment across the street, where Fawcett was arrested.

An officer said Fawcett appeared intoxicated, confused and had cuts on her arms and legs.

Fawcett was ordered held Tuesday on $1,000 bond. An after-hour phone message left for her attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday night.

AMAZON-WORKER HURT

Construction worker hurt at Kenosha Amazon site

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - An accident at the construction site of an Amazon distribution center in Kenosha has sent a worker to the hospital.

The Kenosha News reports the man was pinned between a beam and an aerial lift Wednesday.

Kenosha police and fire crews responded about 3:30 p.m. Sgt. James Beller says the man was freed by co-workers and taken to a hospital with a shoulder injury.

Beller says no other workers saw the accident. Police are investigating.

PETTIT CENTER-USOC

Pettit Center, USOC renew training site agreement

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) - The Pettit National Ice Center will continue to be an official U.S. Olympic training site.

The Pettit Center, the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Speedskating announced Wednesday they have renewed their agreement designating the Milwaukee-area center as a U.S. Olympic training site.

As an Olympic training site, the Pettit Center is host to training for high potential speedskaters and national competitions for U.S. Speedskating.

The agreement runs through April 30, 2018, and continues the partnership which began with the opening of the Pettit Center in December 1992.

The Pettit Center was one of the first facilities nationwide to be designated an official U.S. Olympic training site.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.