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Memorial Day Travel Volume Expected to be the Highest for the Holiday in 10 Years

The 2015 Memorial Day forecast is expected to mark the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years, since 2005. AAA is predicting that 37.2 million U.S. citizens will be traveling at least 50 miles away from home this Memorial Day weekend. The figure is a 4.7 increase over 2014 travel in the Memorial More >

Braun, Lind, Ramirez hit consecutive HRs to lead Brewers

DETROIT (AP) — Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez hit consecutive home runs in a six run-third inning, Jimmy Nelson pitched eight strong innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Tuesday night. Braun drove in four runs and Carlos Gomez had three hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee, which has More >

Big Ten ADs see year of readiness fueling debate on balance

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Big Ten athletic directors believe commissioner Jim Delany succeeded in one key area when he introduced the idea of a so-called year of readiness. He helped fuel the conversation about the imbalance between athletics and academics. Iowa AD Gary Barta says it has created a national dialogue about improving “the student-athlete More >

Police say homicide caused death of man found along parkway

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say the death of a man found along a parkway is a homicide. The body of the 51-year-old man was discovered Monday along the Kinnickinnic River Parkway. His identity has not been released. Police say no arrests have been made.

Menards locked down while police negotiate with suspect

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — A Menards store was locked down while police in Grand Chute negotiated with an armed suspect in the parking lot. Officers were called to the nearby Walmart store about 8 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a stolen BB gun. Officers found the suspect in the Menards parking lot. A More >

3 dozen displaced by West Bend apartment fire

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — The Red Cross is assisting three dozen people displaced by an apartment fire in West Bend. Firefighters were called to the 16-unit apartment building shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday. West Bend fire officials say the blaze started in the basement and reached the first floor. No tenants or firefighters were More >

Health officials work with Kenosha grocery store

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Health officials are working with a Kenosha grocery store to find out how a salmonella outbreak started and sickened nearly two dozen people. The Kenosha County Division of Health is investigating food purchased over the Mother’s Day weekend at Supermercado Los Corrales. The grocery store’s meat and food preparation area is More >

Florida company agrees to buy downtown Appleton hotel

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Florida company has an agreement to buy a hotel in downtown Appleton. Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1GoMnAJ ) reports Ormond Beach, Florida-based Inner Circle Investments has a contract to purchase the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. The purchase price has not been released. Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna said Tuesday that the company is More >

Committee rejects charter school approval board

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget-writing budget committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to create a new approval board to allow for more independent charter schools that operate outside the control of local public school boards. The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted down Walker’s proposal early Wednesday morning. Committee co-chair Sen. Alberta Darling More >

Walker’s ban on Common Core approved by committee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal prohibiting the state superintendent from forcing local school districts to adopt Common Core academic standards has been approved by the Legislature’s budget committee. The Joint Finance Committee approved the proposal early Wednesday morning. Wisconsin public schools are not required to adopt the Common Core standards, but the More >