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Former drug task force supervisor sentenced

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A judge has sentenced a former Jefferson County drug task force supervisor to eight months in jail for stealing from the team’s undercover buy fund. A jury found Timothy Madson guilty of misconduct in office in July. According to the criminal complaint and a state Department of Justice news release, Madson wrote More >

Unemployment down in Wisconsin cities, counties

MADIOSN, Wis. (AP) – The unemployment rate fell in almost every Wisconsin city and county in September. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment dropped in 31 of the 32 largest cities in September. Greenfield’s 5 percent unemployment rate was unchanged from August. Racine again had the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, More >

Homicide charge dropped in 2007 Greenville killing

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin prosecutors have agreed to drop a homicide charge against a woman accused in a 2007 slaying if she testifies against her two co-defendants. Rosie Campbell of Minnesota was originally charged as a party to the killing of Lara Plamann following her confession last year. The 40-year-old woman pleaded no contest to More >

Appeals court reinstates Neenah teachers’ lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin appeals court judge has reinstated a class-action lawsuit filed by more than 250 Neenah teachers seeking to recover more than $61 million in post-retirement benefits. The Second District Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a Winnebago County judge wrongly dismissed the lawsuit last year. That judge had said only More >

Vice chancellor, registrar struck by car

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – Two University of Wisconsin-La Crosse administrators are recovering from injuries suffered when they were struck by a car. Chancellor Joe Gow says the university’s vice chancellor of administration and finance, Bob Hetzel, and registrar Christine Bakkum were walking to work Tuesday when they were hit. They were taken to a More >

Wisconsin US Rep. Tom Petri won’t endorse Grothman

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) – Longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Petri says he will not be endorsing the Wisconsin GOP candidate for the 6th Congressional District seat he will soon leave. Although Petri co-hosted a fundraiser for Glenn Grothman, he says he no longer wants to support the Republican Congressional hopeful. Petri, who’s from More >

Democrats file lawsuit seeking Schimel videos

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Democrats have filed a lawsuit seeking videos of prosecutor training sessions involving Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel. Their lawsuit Tuesday says a state Democratic Party researcher made an open records request with the state Justice Department seeking the videos on Sept. 15. The party says Schimel may have made inappropriate More >

Doctors differ on preteen suspect’s mental state

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Doctors disagree over whether the second of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional horror character is fit to stand trial. A Wisconsin judge said Wednesday that he received a report from a state doctor who believes the girl could help with her defense. But her public More >

20 flu-related hospitalizations so far in October

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State health officials say the flu season is off to a strong start in Wisconsin. State epidemiologist Thomas Haupt says influenza hospitalizations have been unexpectedly on the rise in October. Twenty people have been hospitalized in the past three weeks. Haupt tells WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1wo5JOD ) one or two hospitalizations are common More >

Kenosha man enters guilty plea to 2 slayings

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – The trial for a Kenosha man accused of fatally shooting two men during a robbery ended abruptly when he agreed to a plea deal. Nineteen-year-old Darshawn Frison pleaded guilty to two counts of party to first-degree intentional homicide Tuesday, on what would have been the second day of his trial in Kenosha More >