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Mount Pleasant police say woman beaten has died

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) – Police say a woman who was severely beaten with a hatchet after trying to hide from her estranged husband in Mount Pleasant has died of her injuries. Officers were called to a home Wednesday night after witnesses saw a person screaming and being dragged to a vehicle. Authorities say the More >

State budget shortfall projected at $2.2 billion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker’s administration says Wisconsin faces a $2.2 billion budget shortfall by mid-2017, a problem that will have to be tackled by the Republican-controlled Legislature next year as Walker is building his resume for a potential presidential run. The estimate released Thursday by the state Department of Administration is required under More >

Ski hills off to earliest start in years

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – January-like weather is drawing downhill skiers and snowboarders to the slopes in Wisconsin where operators are taking the early start to the bank. The single-digit overnight temperatures have allowed ski hills to make snow around the clock and create some of the best conditions for November in years. Cascade Mountain’s Randy More >

Man reaches plea deal on animal abuse charges

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) – A man in western Wisconsin has been sentenced to probation on animal abuse charges after 26 cows were found dead on his farm. John Nelson was arrested in September after a tip led authorities to search his Rice Lake property. Investigators say they found the decomposed cows still chained in More >

Police: Milwaukee store worker shot in robbery

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee police say an employee at a clothing and shoe store has been shot during a robbery. Police say two armed suspects entered Bouchard’s on Tuesday afternoon and shot the 36-year-old man. Police say he was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to survive. Police say no money was taken during More >

Police investigate infant death, fire in Kenosha

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Police say they are investigating the homicide of an 11-month-old child in Kenosha following a residential fire. Kenosha police say a male suspect is in custody and being treated for smoke inhalation following the Tuesday evening incident. Police responded to a domestic violence report at the home Tuesday and found the infant More >

Authorities: Body found in vacant Milwaukee house

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities say a homeless man has been found dead in the closet of an abandoned home in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday that 53-year-old John Abbott was found dead when a realtor went to the house with a prospective buyer over the weekend. His body temperature was 22 degrees More >

Johnson, Baldwin split on Keystone vote

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wisconsin’s U.S. senators have split their votes as the Senate narrowly rejects legislation to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson voted “yes” to pass the House-approved measure Tuesday night while Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin voted “no.” The measure failed by one vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate. In a statement, More >

Ryan to chair tax panel, a possible 2016 platform

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republican leaders have chosen Paul Ryan to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years. The new post could give the Wisconsin Republican a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond. Ryan was the party’s vice presidential nominee two years ago. He More >

Man charged in rape of 101-year-old woman

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee man has been charged with sexual assault of a 101-year-old woman in her home. Police said Antoine Devon Pettis, 20, was identified as a suspect through DNA evidence. He was charged Tuesday with burglary, aggravated battery and second-degree sexual assault. A criminal complaint said the woman went to bed the night of More >