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Underground fire evacuates public market

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities say there is no public safety risk after the Milwaukee Public Market downtown was evacuated after road construction crews reported hearing an underground explosion. Police at the scene say there was no explosion, but a small fire apparently was burning deep underground. The Milwaukee Fire Department says the fire is now More >

Gunman arrested after taking worker hostage

WITTENBERG, Wis. (AP) – Police have arrested a gunman who held a McDonald’s restaurant worker hostage and caused a standoff in Wittenberg. Shawano County Sheriff Randall Wright says the 28-year-old suspect from Gillett held the worker captive for about an hour Tuesday before letting him go unharmed. The suspect surrendered about an hour later without More >

Taylor aide: Walker to sign police bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths. Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker’s office notified Taylor’s office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday. Taylor, More >

Democratic AG hopeful wants public intervenor back

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic attorney general hopeful Jon Richards is promising to re-establish the public intervenor office within the state Department of Justice. The position was created in 1967 to act as an advocate for the state’s natural resources. Republicans eliminated the office in 1995, believing it had unfairly targeted businesses with expensive lawsuits. Richards, a More >

2 fined for mistreating Brown County dairy cows

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Two people convicted of mistreating cows at a Brown County dairy farm have been fined hundreds of dollars. Lucia Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of mistreating animals, and Abelardo Jaimes pleaded no contest to one count. As part of a plea deal the charge was downgraded from a More >

Wisconsin DNR to hand out turkey certificates

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials say they’re going to hand out personalized certificates to successful first-time turkey hunters this year. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters can fill out information about when and where they killed the bird as well as information on its weight and spur length on the agency’s website. Hunters More >

Stroebel: Campaign will focus on Congress’ issues

CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) – State Rep. Duey Stroebel says he respects both of the other Republican candidates in Wisconsin’s 6th District congressional race and he expects the primary to focus on the problems in Congress, not opposition between them. Stroebel issued a statement Tuesday as state Sen. Joe Leibham joined the race to replace longtime More >

Authorities seek different SUV in fatal crash

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Investigators are now looking for a different sport utility vehicle suspected in the crash that killed two Janesville motorcyclists last weekend. The Rock County sheriff’s office originally had said the vehicle suspected of hitting the motorcycles on Highway 14 Sunday night was a Nissan. Later, authorities connected a fog lamp assembly recovered More >

Underground fire evacuates public market

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Public Market downtown has been evacuated after road construction crews reported hearing an underground explosion. Police at the scene say there was likely no explosion, but a small fire apparently is burning deep underground. Road crews working on a reconstruction of nearby Interstate 794 have been pounding pilings into the More >

2 on motorcycle killed in collision with minivan

TOWN OF LINWOOD, Wis. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say two University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students have died in a collision between a motorcycle and a minivan in Portage County. WAOW-TV ( ) reports 21-year-old Alexander Reeder, of Wisconsin Rapids, and 20-year-old Katherine Axlen, of Mukwonago, were on the motorcycle that crashed in the Town of More >