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Milwaukee man killed by hit-and-run driver in blue minivan

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver of a blue minivan involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Milwaukee. Police say a 61-year-old Milwaukee man was walking along a street on the city’s northwest side about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday when he was struck by a vehicle traveling at a high More >

Man charged with shooting at Milwaukee police officers

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A 27-year-old Milwaukee man is charged with attempted homicide after authorities say he shot at police investigating an apparent drug deal. Jerimy Whitelaw also is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1xhi0tk ) reports Whitelaw was shot twice in the abdomen during an exchange of gunfire with More >

UW president vows to resign if he can’t shrink cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross says he’ll quit if he can’t convince legislators to reduce a $300 million cut that Gov. Scott Walker wants to impose on campuses. Cross told faculty and students at UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday that he’ll resign if he can’t win substantial reductions in the cut and More >

Fees paid by barbers, boxing judges and nurses unchanged

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Fees paid by everyone from nurses to boxing judges in Wisconsin will not change over the next two years. The Legislature’s budget committee on Wednesday voted to keep the licensing and regulation fee schedule the same over the next two years for more than 150 professions. Democrats proposed lowering the renewal fees for More >

Two People Charged in Tomah Homicide Case

Two people, who were “persons of interest” in a Tomah murder case, face multiple charges. At a press conference Wednesday morning, Tomah authorities announced that 26-year-old Zachary Davis and 20-year-old Sebastian Martinez were both being charged in the stabbing death of 43-year-old Derek Magnuson. Davis is charged with first degree intentional homicide, armed robbery with use More >

Consultant issues report on self-insurance for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A consultant says it’s not feasible to move to a self-insurance model for Wisconsin state employees next year. The Wisconsin State Journal reports Wednesday (http://tiny.cc/8bh2vx ) that the consultant’s report found moving from a competitive HMO model to self-insurance could save the state $50 million to $70 million a year beginning in More >

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates spar at luncheon

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A judge running for a spot on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court is calling incumbent Justice Anne Walsh Bradley an activist. Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley told members of Madison’s Rotary Club during a Wednesday luncheon forum that Bradley, seen as a member of the court’s liberal-leaning minority, has put her personal agenda More >

Unemployment up in most Wisconsin cities, counties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Unemployment is up in most major Wisconsin cities and counties between January and February. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that preliminary unemployment rates increased in 20 of the 32 largest cities and in 52 of 72 counties. The department says it is not unusual to see an increase in More >

Authorities identify suspect in Wisconsin trooper’s killing

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have now identified the man suspected of killing a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper in Fond du Lac. The state Department of Justice names the suspect as Steven Timothy Snyder. It doesn’t give his age or hometown but says his family in Michigan has been notified. Authorities say Trooper Trevor Casper More >

Kind: Bill could prevent problems like those at Tomah

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says he hopes to establish regional pain management boards through the Department of Veterans Affairs to help prevent problems like those that occurred at a Tomah medical center. Kind introduced the bipartisan bill Wednesday saying he hopes the accountability boards would deter overmedicating. The Tomah hospital is under More >