National
August 13

Hearing puts spotlight on troubled Minnesota state agency

The chair of a Minnesota Senate committee that oversees the Department of Human Services told the agency's acting head Tuesday that she or her successor need to figure out how they'll repay the federal government for $25 million in apparent overpayments to two tribes for substance abuse treatment programs, and not come to the Legislature to ask for more money.
Variety
August 13

Wisconsin State Fair sets modern-day attendance record

Wisconsin State Fair officials say this year's fair set a modern-day attendance record.
National
August 13

Republicans, Evers take different approaches after shootings

Wisconsin Republicans who continue to largely dismiss Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' call to pass gun safety legislation introduced a series of bills Tuesday designed to bolster mental health services in the state, a move they said was not in response to recent mass shootings.
South Metro
August 13
Haimanot Gebremedhin, 55, was fatally hit in Inver Grove Heights.

Charges: Driver who hit, killed woman in Dakota County says she thought she struck deer

Police said they collected DNA from smears on the windshield and hood, hair from the windshield, and fibers on the hood.
South Metro
August 13
Charles W. Homich Credit: Dakota County jail

25-year term for man who fatally beat 3-year-old in Eagan foster care

Foster mother already in prison for her role in the boy's death.
National
August 13

DNR spent nearly $10K to host wasting disease summit

The state Department of Natural Resources spent nearly $10,000 to bring wildlife officials from around the Midwest to Madison for a conference on chronic wasting disease.
Local
August 13

Demolition begins at historic church in St. Paul

Demolition has begun at a historic church in St. Paul.
St. Paul
August 13
Law enforcement officers investigate the scene in the parking lot of Bumper Warehouse where earlier, at a different location, St. Paul Police fired at

St. Paul police fire shots while pursuing stolen vehicle

The suspect is still on the lam, police said.
Local
August 13
Russel Doucette Credit: Renville County jail

Plea deal calls for up to 6 months for driver who fatally ran over friend on S. Minnesota farmland

The driver went to a neighbor's place and drank, didn't notify authorities about what he had done for roughly 24 hours.
Minneapolis
August 13

Man found dead on Minneapolis bike path

Officers on patrol found the man just before midnight on West River Parkway.
National
August 13

Vos says Republicans want veto-proof majority in Assembly

Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he wants to grow the GOP majority to a veto-proof level following the 2020 election.
National
August 13

Wisconsin elections officials scale back security proposal

Wisconsin elections officials scaled back a plan Tuesday to buy scores of new loaner computers for local clerks using outdated systems open to cyberattacks, saying the proposal is too expensive when they don't have a firm grasp on how many clerks really need new computers.
Local
August 13

Man gets 25 years in 3-year-old boy's beating death in Eagan

The boyfriend of a Minnesota foster mother has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal beating of a 3-year-old boy in her care.
National
August 13

Kaul joins multistate lawsuit challenging coal rules

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has joined a multistate lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants.
National
August 13

Evers urges diversity in talk to state chamber of commerce

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is telling the state's business leaders to embrace diversity and make all people feel welcome in order to help deal with worker shortages and an aging population.
Local
August 13

Wisconsin mother accused of leaving children in hot car

A suburban Milwaukee mother is charged with child neglect after her two young children were found alone in a hot car outside a store.
National
August 13

The Latest: Elections panel scales back clerk loaner program

The Latest on the Wisconsin Elections Commission's efforts to improve election security (all times local):
West Metro
August 13
Minneapolis officials consulted adult entertainment workers to come up with their proposal to add protections from financial exploitation and unsafe w

Minneapolis ordinance to protect sex workers moves forward

The City Council will vote on rules for safer working conditions and wage protections for adult entertainment workers.
Variety
August 13

Minnesota reports lung injury among teens linked to vaping

Minnesota health officials say severe lung damage has been reported among young people linked to vaping.
National
August 13

Records: Upper Peninsula mine approved despite concerns

Over and over, Michigan environmental regulators sounded alarms as they reviewed a proposed large, open-pit ore mine in the Upper Peninsula near the Menominee River, prized for walleye fishing and a major tributary to Lake Michigan.