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University of Wisconsin-Madison spent at least $8 million to keep top faculty members following cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison has spent at least $8 million since last summer to keep top faculty members following the Legislature’s cuts to higher education. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is telling the Board of Regents that retaining key professors will take a continuing investment as other universities try to lure them away. More >

Police say a woman was struck and killed at an intersection in Waukesha

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Police say a woman was struck and killed at an intersection in Waukesha. The 23-year-old woman was hit at Highway 164 and Sunset Dr. about 6 p.m. Thursday. The woman was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver who struck the woman remained at the scene. Investigators More >

Teams of snow sculptors have gathered in Wisconsin to compete to be named the best in the nation

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) — Fifteen teams of snow sculptors from 11 states have gathered in Wisconsin to compete to be named the best in the nation. The U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. The Wisconsin team that won with “Arbor Amor” depicting two intertwined trees last More >

Sun Prairie man accused of decapitating his mother with a sword will remain institutionalized

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Sun Prairie man accused of decapitating his mother with a large sword will remain at a mental health institution for now. Forty-year-old Matthew Skalitzky is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the Sept. 11 death of 68-year-old Jane Skalitzky. In October, a psychiatrist found Skalitzky was incompetent to stand trial, but could More >

Legislature’s budget committee approves bill that would boost funding for drug treatment programs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget committee has approved a bill that would boost funding for drug treatment programs. Rep. John Nygren’s bill would increase treatment for drug treatment and diversion programs by $2 million per year. The money would come out of the Department of Health Services and go to the state Department of More >

Department of Public Instruction says 135 private and religious schools registered to accept voucher students

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Public Instruction says 135 private and religious schools in Wisconsin have registered to accept voucher students. DPI says it includes 31 new private schools applying to participate in the statewide voucher program. It allows students who live outside the Milwaukee and Racine Unified school districts to use a More >

Department of Natural Resources identifies 82 parcels of agency land to sell

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources has identified 82 parcels of agency land it wants to sell. The 2013-15 budget requires the DNR to sell 10,000 acres by mid-2017 to help pay down debt in the agency’s stewardship program, the mechanism the DNR uses to borrow money for land purchases. DNR officials say More >

Authorities are looking for three men who attacked and shot a Marshfield man

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are looking for three men who attacked and shot a Marshfield man in Beloit. Rock County sheriff’s officials say the 32-year-old victim was on his way to Illinois to visit his girlfriend and got off the interstate in Beloit about 7 p.m. Wednesday. That’s when he encountered three men in a More >

Kenosha police are investigating the death of a 5-month-old child

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kenosha police are investigating the death of a 5-month-old child. The baby was found dead Wednesday. Police say an autopsy will be done on Thursday. There were no obvious signs of trauma. The Kenosha News (http://bit.ly/1P8B6az ) reports it’s the second day in a row that a baby died in the city. An More >

Madison police say a suspect is in custody in the fatal shooting of a woman

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say a suspect is in custody in the fatal shooting of a woman in a grocery store parking lot. The man was taken into custody early Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly shot at an officer during a sweep of a shopping area. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the officer returned fire, More >