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Walker says budget will improve

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he will deal with a drop in tax collections by controlling expenses and by doing things to help the overall economy improve. Walker was asked about tax collections coming in 2 percent less than estimates on Friday during an interview on WTMJ-AM. Walker says he and Republicans who control More >

Former deputy suspected of homicide due in court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A former Dane County sheriff’s deputy suspected of fatally shooting his wife and sister-in-law is due in court. Andy Steele is scheduled for an appearance in Dane County Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Steele could be formally charged Friday in the deaths of 39-year-old Ashley Steele and her 38-year-old sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, More >

Walker says GOP complacency a big concern

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says complacency and fatigue among Republican voters is one of his biggest concerns as he faces re-election in less than 10 weeks. Walker addressed his concerns Friday on WTMJ-AM when asked about a poll released on Wednesday indicating that Democrats were more enthused about the upcoming election that Republicans. More >

Wisconsin private-sector jobs grew 1.3 percent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Private-sector jobs grew just 1.3 percent in Wisconsin during the 12-month period ending in March. Gov. Scott Walker’s administration released the preliminary figures late Thursday. They will be officially released on Sept. 18 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, along with figures from other states showing how well Wisconsin compares to More >

Fatal hit-and-run driver sentenced to 4 years

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – A drunken driver who struck and killed a man plowing snow in Eau Claire County and fled the scene is sentenced to four years in prison. Gregory Price, of Elk Mound, pleaded guilty Thursday to homicide by drunken driving. Prosecutors say it’s the fourth time Price has been caught driving drunk. More >

Wisconsin cranberry industry woos Chinese buyers

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin officials are turning to Chinese buyers to take a bite out of the state’s overgrown cranberry crop. Stevens Point Journal Media reports (http://spjour.nl/1lktOoS ) the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection hosted a group of potential buyers from China this past week to talk to local farmers and More >

Milwaukee man gets 10 years in deadly robbery

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee man whose friend was fatally shot when they tried to rob a barbershop has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1vt1Pa1 ) a Milwaukee County judge sentenced 24-year-old Jeremy Pierce on Thursday. He was originally charged with felony murder but pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless More >

Mother charged with homicide in child’s death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A mother has been charged with homicide in Dane County after her 1-year-old daughter was struck and killed by a van while riding in a wheelchair. A criminal complaint says 33-year-old Raya Hansen was under the influence of drugs when she wheeled her daughter along a busy street in Madison in February More >

Milwaukee man found guilty in sex-trafficking case

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A 45-year-old Milwaukee man has been found guilty of sex trafficking, child abuse and related charges. A jury convicted Roy Weatherall on Thursday of 14 counts following an eight-day trial in Milwaukee County court. Charges include sexual assault of a child, soliciting prostitutes, reckless injury and witness intimidation. The only count he was More >

College students urged to protect identity

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin consumer protection officials are advising college students to be especially vigilant about protecting their private identity information. The Federal Trade Commission says one in five identity theft victims are in their 20s. And for college students focused on class schedules and navigating a new environment, protecting their identity might not More >