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Parents: Didn’t suspect kidnapped boy’s aunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The parents of a baby boy who was taken from a Wisconsin home and later found in sub-zero temperatures say they trusted the relative now accused of taking him so much that they initially didn’t suspect her. Kristen Smith of Aurora, Colorado, is charged with kidnapping 4-day-old Kayden Powell Feb. 6 and More >

Agendas for School Boards and City/Village Meetings

City of Adams Agenda 2014-07-29-Change to 7-31-14 Adams-Friendship School District TBA City of Elroy TBA Royall School District TBA Hillsboro School District TBA Village of Lyndon Station TBA City of Mauston TBA Mauston School District TBA Village of Necedah TBA Necedah School District TBA City of New Lisbon TBA New Lisbon School District TBA City More >

Racine officers cleared in fatal shooting

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – An investigation has cleared two Racine police officers in the shooting of a man they said was wielding a knife. Rajko Utvic, 37, was killed July 6 by officers responding to a 911 call from a man who said he had taken 100 Ibuprofen pills. Police said the man refused to drop More >

Burke attacks Walker over jobs promise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s latest television ad returns the focus of the campaign to Gov. Scott Walker’s 2010 promise to add 250,000 private sector jobs over four years. The ad unveiled Tuesday is airing statewide beginning Wednesday. It comes after two weeks of battling between Burke and Walker over outsourcing of More >

Public Meeting Involving Highway 27 Corridor Study in Monroe County

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public involvement meeting to discuss the study of Wisconsin Highway 27 from Interstate 90 to westbound Wisconsin Highway 71 in Monroe County, including a segment through the City of Sparta. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Sparta More >

Police say shooting didn’t involve robbery

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – Eau Claire police say a teen’s gunshot injuries are not related to a robbery as the initial investigation indicated. Officers responded to a call Sunday that a juvenile had been shot and wounded while being robbed. On Tuesday, police said their investigation shows one juvenile accidentally shot another minor with More >

Wisconsin ministry offers housing to students

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – A Roman Catholic ministry has offered a new faith-based housing option to University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh students. Post-Crescent Media reports (http://post.cr/1lS2Rn8 ) the Newman Student House will open this fall. The off-campus facility is a six-unit coed apartment building about a half-mile from the university. Residents must follow the house rules, including no drugs, More >

Wisconsin schools want to stick with Common Core

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin school districts have spoken out against Gov. Scott Walker’s recent statement calling for a change in the state’s curriculum standards. The Janesville Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1qIHI6v ) that Walker issued the written statement last week. It asked the Wisconsin Legislature to pass a bill in January to repeal Common Core and replace More >

Milwaukee ex-cop completes service, avoids jail

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A fired Milwaukee police officer who was convicted of slamming a suspect’s head against a wall has completed his community service, meaning he won’t serve jail time. A jury convicted 49-year-old Rodney R. Lloyd in April of misconduct in public office. He faced up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. More >

Juror, witness confrontation leads to new trial

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A 60-year-old Oneida man will get a new trial on a drunken driving charge after a defense witness got into an argument with two jurors. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Gerald Blasczyk on Tuesday. Blasczyk was charged in May 2011 with operating while intoxicated with 10 or more More >