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UPDATE: Budget committee votes to keep WEDC surplus

Posted: 01/08/2014 - UPDATE: The Legislature's budget committee has voted to release about $59 million in funding to Wisconsin's chief jobs agency it had held in reserve on the condition that problems cited in an audit were addressed.

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UPDATE: Gov. Walker dismissed after serving on jury

Updated: 01/08/2014 - UPDATE: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he enjoyed his experience sitting on the jury of a personal injury case, even though he didn't get to be a part of the deliberations.

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UPDATE: Money for student information system approved

Posted: 01/08/2014 - UPDATE: A divided state budget committee voted to spend $7.1 million on a new student information system, with some lawmakers voicing concerns about data being collected by the state.

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UPDATE: Elderly woman found dead in Wis. cold

Posted: 01/08/2014 - UPDATE: Police in Barron are investigating the death of an elderly woman who apparently left her assisted living facility and died in the cold.

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Wis. lawmakers demand Legislature revisit mine law

Updated: 01/08/2014 - Three lawmakers want to revisit Wisconsin's iron mining laws after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined the state's request to work together toward permits for Gogebic Taconite's potential mine near Mellen.

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US tries to reassure senators about oil pipeline

Posted: 01/08/2014 - A federal agency is trying to allay concerns of three U.S. senators who asked for evidence that an oil pipeline crossing a section of the Great Lakes is safe.

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UPDATE: Police say Vinehout wasn't wearing seatbelt

Posted: 01/08/2014 - UPDATE: The Wisconsin State Patrol says Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout was not wearing a seatbelt during last month's crash that severely injured her arm and sidelined her potential run for governor.

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Wis. event to focus on improving goat markets

Posted: 01/08/2014 - State agriculture officials are planning a conference next month intended to help dairy-goat farmers improve the quality of their goat-milk products.

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In cold snap, recipe for roads goes beyond salt

Updated: 01/07/2014 - A splash of beet juice, dollop of molasses, a squeeze of cheese brine. In the coldest weather, the recipe for safer roads goes beyond the usual sprinkling of salt.

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UPDATE: Sales tax holiday bill gets mixed reception

Posted: 01/07/2014 - UPDATE: Two of the nation's largest and best-known corporations are lobbying in support of a bill that would waive sales taxes on purchases of some computers, back-to-school supplies and Energy Star products one weekend a year.

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UPDATE: Senator sues over Congress' health coverage

Updated: 01/06/2014 - UPDATE: Sen. Ron Johnson is suing to stop the government from paying most of the medical insurance premiums for members of Congress and their aides now required to obtain coverage through the new health care law's state exchanges.

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Report: Cuts to teachers offset aid reduction

Posted: 01/06/2014 - A new study says that cuts to teachers' benefits pushed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature in 2011 offset a $450 million state aid reduction.

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Closures could affect election deadlines

Posted: 01/06/2014 - The closing of schools and government offices due to the cold weather could delay the deadline for candidates for local office to file nomination papers.

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