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  • Wisconsin man shoots self after fleeing police Aug 6, 2014 6:32 AM
    A southeastern Wisconsin man is recovering after fleeing from Kenosha police and shooting himself. The Kenosha Police Department says an 18-year-old shot himself Tuesday after officers responded to a disorderly conduct complaint. Police say he was taken to an area hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. They say the man fled on foot and pulled a handgun from his waistband when police arrived early Tuesday. He pointed the gun at an officer, who took cover. Police found the man in the basement of a vacant home. They tried to talk him out of the basement and heard a single gunshot. They found him on the basement stairs with a gunshot wound under his chin. It’s unclear if he has been charged.

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison expects second-largest class in 9 years Aug 6, 2014 6:23 AM
    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is expecting its second-largest class of state-resident freshmen in nine years this fall. The university saw its largest class of resident freshmen since 2005 last year, when 3,843 enrolled. The school is expecting about 3,700 to enroll this fall. UW officials say they received 7,981 resident freshman applications for this fall, up 5.4 percent from last year.

  • Grassland Dairy to pay $300,000 to Wisconsin Aug 6, 2014 6:40 AM
    Grassland Dairy Products Inc. has been ordered to pay a $300,000 penalty to Wisconsin for violating state water pollution laws. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the settlement Tuesday. Grassland Dairy is one of the world’s largest butter producers. The state says the Greenwood company discharged water pollutants in excess of its permit more than 100 times between 2006 and 2013. It says the company only reported three of those incidents. A Grassland Dairy attorney declined to comment to News-Herald Media on the settlement. The company releases waste into the Black River. It’s listed by regulators as an impaired water body because of low oxygen levels. The state says the company’s $70 million expansion in 2010 didn’t address the pollution problems.

  • Green Bay-area village blocks sex offenders Aug 6, 2014 6:43 AM
    A village in the Green Bay metropolitan area is making it harder for registered sex offenders to move into the community. Press-Gazette Media reports the Allouez Village Board voted Tuesday to bar sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school, park or other place where children gather. That covers about 95 percent of the village. Allouez residents and elected leaders have said more registered sex offenders are moving to the area as the city of Green Bay rejects residency requests. Green Bay has had the tougher restrictions in place for years. Allouez previously prohibited sex offenders from congregating at one residence or loitering near where children gather. The village president says he hopes the new ordinance will spur state lawmakers to consider the relocation issue.

  • Chicago mayor calls for summit on drinking water Aug 6, 2014 6:28 AM
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reacting to reports Lake Erie has became tainted with a toxin that prevents water consumption by calling for a summit of Canadian and U.S. mayors. He says a meeting is needed to discuss ways of protecting and preserving the Great Lakes. In a statement, Emanuel says what happened in Toledo, Ohio, where thousands were forced to stop drinking tap water for more than two days, is a reminder that much must be done to protect the lakes. They provide drinking water in Chicago and many other communities in the United States and Canada. According to the statement, Emanuel’s office is contacting mayors in the Great Lakes region to convene the meeting in the next few weeks.

  • Wisconsin attorney general candidates set for last debate Aug 5, 2014 6:09 AM
    Three Democrats vying for the party’s nomination for attorney general are set to debate one last time before next week’s primary. Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and state Rep. Jon Richards of Milwaukee are scheduled to meet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s law school on Tuesday afternoon. Erin McBride, director of the law school’s Government and Legislative Clinic, and Professor Michael Wagner of the UW’s journalism school will moderate the discussion. The winner of the Aug. 12 primary will advance to face Republican Brad Schimel, Waukesha County’s Republican district attorney Brad Schimel, in the general election on Nov. 4.

  • Arizona man pleads guilty in Wisconsin murder Aug 5, 2014 6:09 AM
    An Arizona man has pleaded guilty in a Wisconsin murder two weeks before a jury trial was scheduled to begin. Juan Padilla or Fort Mohave, Arizona, changed his plea to guilty of first-degree intentional homicide on Monday. The 42-year-old is charged in the shooting death of 46-year-old Terrance Luukkonen of Duluth, Minnesota. It happened at Genesis Attachments in Superior on May 23. Padilla pleaded not guilty to the charge in July 2013. His defense attorney tells KDLH-TV that Padilla doesn’t want to have to go through a public trail. Padilla will be sentenced in October. First degree murder is punishable by life in prison under Wisconsin law. The Douglas County district attorney will recommend he be eligible for parole after 20 years in prison as part of the plea deal.

  • Motorcyclist dies in collision with bear Aug 4, 2014 10:01 AM
    Authorities say a motorcyclist has died in a collision with a bear on a northern Wisconsin highway. The accident happened Sunday afternoon on Highway 64 near Antigo in Langlade County. Sheriff’s officials say 50-year-old Gary Stevens of Bowler was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Langlade, then flow to a Wausau hospital where he was pronounced dead later Sunday. He was alone on the bike.

  • Man struck and killed on Sauk County highway Aug 4, 2014 10:00 AM
    Sheriff’s officials say a man walking on a highway in Sauk County has been struck and killed. Authorities say the 31-year-old man was walking in the lane of traffic on county Highway BD early Sunday near the Baraboo-Wisconsin Dells Airport and Ho-Chunk Casino. Sheriff’s deputies say the man died at the scene. Investigators don’t believe alcohol was a factor for the driver of the vehicle that struck the man.

  • Shawano County deputies looking for man who took semi Aug 4, 2014 10:00 AM
    Shawano (SHAW’-noh) County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect accused of stealing a semi and hitting a squad car during a pursuit. Deputies, who believed the semi was stolen, tried to pull it over early Sunday evening. The driver fled and twice backed the semi into one of the pursuing squads. Officials say the suspect fled on foot after crashing the semi into a tree. The State Patrol helped search for the man by air. Personnel from area police departments and the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department joined the search on the ground. Shawano County sheriff’s officials said Monday the 26-year-old suspect is still at large. The man is also a suspect in a series of vehicle thefts and disturbances since Friday in Gresham, Tilleda and Leopolis.

  • Sheriff: Wisconsin pair, dog rescued from boat Aug 4, 2014 6:14 AM
    The Racine County water patrol has rescued two people and a dog from a flooding boat on Lake Michigan. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the county sheriff’s office says a 39-year-old Oak Creek woman was sailing her boat with a 45-year-old Milwaukee man Sunday. The 33-foot vessel ran aground about a quarter mile from shore near Wind Point. The woman tried to free the boat. Water flowing in couldn’t be pumped out quickly enough. The sheriff’s office responded to a marine radio distress call. The woman told authorities she wasn’t familiar with the area and didn’t know the water was too shallow for the sailboat. The people and dog were transferred to a sheriff’s patrol boat and taken to a marina without injuries.

  • Wisconsin police search for driver after chase Aug 4, 2014 6:14 AM
    Shawano County officials are looking for a man who they say was involved in a police chase and multiple vehicle thefts. WLUK-TV reports the sheriff’s department was asking the public for information about a 26-year-old suspect Monday. Officials say he stole a semitrailer Sunday and led police on a chase when they tried to stop the vehicle near Marion. They say the man backed the semitrailer into a patrol car twice. The chase ended when the semitrailer crashed into a tree and the driver ran away. Officials wouldn’t say where the crash happened because they’re still investigating. No injuries have been reported.

  • Milwaukee mayor says police to increase patrols Aug 4, 2014 6:14 AM
    Milwaukee’s mayor says the city’s police force will increase its street presence in August. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Mayor Tom Barrett announced the change Sunday following a violent weekend. He didn’t specify how many more officers would be present on patrols. He says he met with Police Chief Edward Flynn on Friday to discuss the department’s tactics. At least 12 people have been shot in the city since Thursday. Three of those shootings were fatal. Barrett says there were 33 homicides last year during August and September. There were 105 total in 2013.

  • Favre headed to Packers Hall of Fame in 2015 Aug 4, 2014 4:33 PM
    Brett Favre, estranged from the franchise he helped resurrect during his 16-year career, will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired next July 18. Favre’s No. 4 will be unveiled on the Lambeau Field north end zone facade at halftime of a yet-to-be-determined game during the 2015 season.

  • Sikh temple shooting victim’s lessons sustain family Aug 3, 2014 5:16 PM
    Punjab Singh spent a lifetime preaching the Sikh principles of optimism and hope — the very principles that his family now rely upon to sustain them during his slow recovery from being shot in the head two years by a white supremacist. Singh, 66, can neither move nor speak. Doctors say his injuries were so severe that he may never recover further. But his family refuses to give up hope, saying that with prayers and God’s grace, anything is possible.

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law Aug 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election and rise to national prominence. The 5-2 ruling upholds the signature policy achievement of Walker in its entirety and is a major victory for the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, who is seeking re-election this year.

  • Harley recalls bikes for ignition switch problem Aug 1, 2014 9:52 AM
    Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business. Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 3,300 FXDL Dyna Low Rider bikes because engine vibration can turn the switches from “on” to “accessory.” The recall covers motorcycles from the 2014 ½ model year. If the motorcycles have been modified to rev higher than 5,600 RPMs, an engine mount bracket can vibrate excessively, causing the problem.

  • Mineral Point, Wis.: Figgyhobbin, the arts and only 3 hours away Aug 1, 2014 10:05 AM
    The tiny town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, just a three-hour drive northwest of Chicago, is a charming place where old stone buildings hug the hills, and artists’ galleries, pottery studios and antique shops line the streets. A thriving arts center draws people from around the country to study everything from blacksmithing and bent twig furniture to the Cornish language. And it is one of the few places in the world — other than Cornwall, England — where you can feast on a raisin-studded pastry called figgyhobbin.

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law Jul 31, 2014 9:14 AM
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court. Thursday’s ruling has no immediate impact given that the law was struck down in April by a federal judge in Milwaukee. His ruling is under appeal, and a federal appeals court would have to overturn it for the law to take effect.

  • Jury deliberations to begin in kidnapped-baby case Jul 31, 2014 9:13 AM
    Jurors are set to begin deliberating in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures.The testimony phase finished Wednesday. The prosecution and defense will give closing statements Thursday, and jurors will begin considering a kidnapping charge against 31-year-old Kristen Smith.

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