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Wisconsin Company Hit with Fine Following Refinery Explosion

Federal officials have fined a northwest Wisconsin refining company more than $83,000 for safety violations related to an explosion that injured dozens of people and led to an evacuation. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration cited the Superior Refining Company …

Police Close to Decision on Charges in Fatal Wisconsin Blast

Police say they’ll soon decide whether to recommend prosecutors file charges in connection with a natural gas explosion that killed a Wisconsin firefighter. Authorities say a construction crew struck a gas main in downtown Sun Prairie on July 10, resulting …

Wisconsin Family Sues Over Stun Gun Death of Mentally Ill Man

The family of a mentally ill man who died after Milwaukee, Wis.-area police officers used a stun gun on him has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Village of West Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the family …

Report: Opioid Prescriptions Down 14% in Wisconsin

A new report shows doctors are issuing fewer opioid prescriptions in Wisconsin. The state Department of Safety and Professional Services released a report on May 16 from the Controlled Substances Board. The report examines data compiled through the state’s prescription …

1 in 4 Wisconsin Residents Binge Drink Once A Month, Study Shows

One-fourth of Wisconsin residents binge drink at least once a month, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study defined binge drinking as a woman having four or more drinks and a …

Wisconsin Farmer Could Be Awarded $13.5M in Stray Voltage Case Against Xcel

A western Wisconsin farmer could be awarded up to $13.5 million after winning a five-year legal battle against an electric services company over stray voltage. Paul Halderson told the La Crosse Tribune that his dairy farm herd of nearly 1,000 …

Instructor Files Suit Against Wisconsin College Over Tenure Matter

An art instructor is suing Edgewood College in Wisconsin for terminating her tenure in violation of policy after she moved to Indianapolis. Agnieszka Ligendza filed the lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court. She alleges the college ended her tenure on …

Mars Sued by Wisconsin Woman in Chocolate Trademark Matter

A Wisconsin woman who won the first round of a trademark lawsuit brought by Mars Inc. is suing the confectionary giant. Syovata Edari wants a federal judge to declare that her Madison-made chocolates, called CocoVaa, do not infringe on Mars’ …

Wisconsin, Minnesota AGs Combine Efforts in Painkiller Abuse Battle

Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming up to tackle prescription painkiller abuse. The attorneys general from both states met at the Minnesota Capitol Monday to discuss their “Dose of Reality” campaign. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says prescription opioid deaths now …

Wisconsin Police Officers Targeting Aggressive Drivers

Police across Wisconsin have ramped up efforts to stop aggressive driving by writing more speeding tickets. The strategy is appearing to work, as citations increased nearly 7 percent in 2015, to more than 172,000, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Before …