‘I believed his parents were missing:’ Former girlfriend of Chandler Halderson testifies

MADISON, Wis. — Chandler Halderson’s girlfriend of several years testified Wednesday she had no idea what happened to Bart and Krista Halderson until she herself was being questioned by authorities. Cat Mellender says she had a good relationship with the Haldersons after dating Chandler since 2019, and was even talking about planning a “girls’ trip” with Krista Halderson at one…

$29,000 for an average used car? Would-be buyers are aghast

Prices for used cars are soaring so high, so fast, that buyers are being increasingly priced out of the market. says the average price of a used vehicle in the United States in November was more than $29,000. That's a dizzying 39% more than just 12 months earlier. More than half of America’s households have less income than they'd need to buy the average-priced used vehicle. Gone are the days when just about anyone with a steady income could wander onto an auto lot and snag a reliable late-model car or buy their kid’s first vehicle for a few thousand dollars.

Evers promises to fight election constitutional amendment

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is promising to fight a proposed constitutional amendment supported by conservatives that would change election law. It's a measure that could be put on the ballot for approval without the Democratic governor’s signature. Evers says in a year-end interview with The Associated Press that he also opposed handing election duties to the nearly powerless secretary of state’s office as a Republican candidate has proposed. Evers says “We have a good system. It’s my goal to keep it.” Republicans are pushing numerous campaign law changes, but Evers can veto them. The constitutional amendment would be one way around an Evers veto.

Wisconsin COVID patients packing hospitals, no omicron yet

Patients with COVID-19, most of them unvaccinated, are packing Wisconsin hospitals at levels not seen for a year, a worrying development even before the new omicron variant has been detected in the state. Amid concerns about the new and little-understood omicron variant, Wisconsin health officials on Thursday urged people to get vaccinated and take other steps to slow the spread. The latest date from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows people who are not vaccinated are nearly 11 times more likely to be hospitalized and 15 times more likely to die than those who are vaccinated.

EXPLAINER: Was officer's fatal Taser mix-up manslaughter?

Prosecutors will try to prove that a white suburban Minneapolis police officer, Kim Potter, committed manslaughter when she fatally shot Daunte Wright, a Black man, during an attempted arrest in April. Potter, who resigned two days after the shooting, says she meant to use her Taser but accidentally grabbed her gun instead when she killed the 20-year-old Black man in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Potter is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter. The more serious charge requires prosecutors to prove that she acted recklessly, while the lesser charge requires them to establish that she acted with culpable negligence. Jury selection begins Tuesday. 

Children's Wisconsin treating 7 victims from parade crash

Children’s Wisconsin said seven patients injured in last weekend’s Christmas parade crash in suburban Milwaukee are still being treated at the hospital. The facility originally received 16 patients after the driver of a red SUV roared through the parade in Waukesha, killing six people and injuring more than 60. One Children's Wisconsin patient was released on Sunday, another on Friday and another was able to come home for Thanksgiving. Out of the seven remaining patients, four are in serious condition, two are in fair condition and one is in good condition. Darnell Brooks Jr. is accused of speeding away from police and entering the parade, refusing to stop even as an officer banged on the hood of his SUV. Five adults and one child were killed in the crash. 

Police: `Some fatalities' when SUV hits Christmas parade

The police chief in Waukesha, Wisconsin, says there were “some fatalities” when an SUV sped into Christmas parade. Chief Dan Thompson said more than 20 people were injured Sunday. Thompson said he doesn’t have an exact number of fatalities. He said a “person of interest” is in custody. A live video feed of the parade from the city of Waukesha, as well as videos taken by parade attendees, showed a red SUV breaking through barriers and speeding into the roadway where the parade was taking place.