The Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine and Aspirus Wausau Hospital announce plans to open the state's third medical school in 2013. The school would address a report that projects the state will have a shortage of 2,200 doctors by 2030.
Madison police arrest a 16-year-old boy who was allegedly attempting to sell two stolen guitars on the shadowy website Craigslist. The guitars had been reported stolen in November from a west-side home and later spotted by the owner in an ad. Police suspect the teen might have been involved in other burglaries.
Democrats introduce legislation that would allow visitors to hold signs and take photographs and video in the Assembly chambers. Sponsor Kelda Helen Roys tells the Wisconsin State Journal: "What has been happening is offensive to the Constitution and those who value free speech."
Ten conservatives on the Dane County Board block borrowing almost $1 million that would have been used to repair two sets of locks and dams on the Yahara River.
Gov. Scott Walker lights the Christmas tree in the Capitol, but hundreds of protesters turn their backs on him during the ceremony. The event, normally held at noon, is scheduled for morning. Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) says this was done to avoid the usual crowd of lunchtime protesters. Governor, you know Santa's been keeping a list, right?
The Badger football team wins the first Big 10 championship game, defeating Michigan State 42-39. For the second year in a row, Wisconsin will head to the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2, where they'll face the Oregon Ducks.
The Madison school district administration releases a report saying that it does not support the proposal for Madison Preparatory Academy because it does not have enough accountability and violates its contract with the teachers union.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that UW-Madison could have an office in Shanghai by June. The office, staffed by two people, would focus on training, seeking collaborative research efforts and recruiting students.
State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser announces he's taking time off this month because of an intestinal infection. This means he will not take part in a controversial case over whether spring Senate recall elections will follow the current district boundaries or ones established by Republicans that are scheduled to take effect in the fall. Prosser says, "I'm just as happy to be out of that case."
A jury acquits Joseph Gibbs Clauder, a 65-year-old Catholic priest, on charges he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in 2004.
The state Department of Natural Resources reports that seven wolves were illegally killed during the fall deer gun-hunting season. The Wisconsin wolf population is estimated at about 780.
Compiled (in part) from local media.