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Injured train crew members released from hospital

SLINGER, Wis. (AP) – Two crew members injured when two trains collided in a southeastern Wisconsin village are doing better. Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron says the engineer and conductor have been released from a local hospital after they were treated for injuries. A total of three engines and ten railcars derailed when the Canadian More >

Some Wisconsin counties offer Skype-type visits

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Relatives who want to visit inmates in five Wisconsin counties no longer have to come to the jail in person. Now they can visit from afar using a Skype-like video system, for 25 cents a minute. Racine County just became the fifth county to install the new system, made by Dallas-based Securus Technologies. Deputies More >

Walker, Burke, Hulsey to report fundraising totals

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Candidates for governor were to report how much money they raised through the first half of the year. Both Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke earlier this month released their preliminary totals. Democratic candidate state Rep. Brett Hulsey has not reported anything. Walker reported raising nearly $8.3 million by July, More >

Man who died in skydive accident identified

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Racine County sheriff’s officials have identified the people involved in a fatal skydiving accident. Authorities say 44-year-old Fredrick Platt Jr., of Racine, died Sunday afternoon when his parachute became entangled with another skydiver’s canopy. The two missed their landing spot at Sylvania Airport in the Town of York. Officials say Platt More >

Wisconsin bar ends event after kidnap attempt

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin bar has ended its weekly “Lingerie Night” after police say a frequent patron tried to kidnap a bartender. Police tell Post-Crescent Media ( ) that Dennis Mitchell of Appleton approached the bartender as she walked to her vehicle and tried to put a bag over her head. He ran away More >

Train computer detects emergency before collision

SLINGER, Wis. (AP) – Investigators will try to determine what caused a train’s computer to signal an emergency situation before it collided with another train in a southern Wisconsin community, injuring two crew members and prompting a neighborhood evacuation. Southern & Wisconsin Railroad spokesman Ken Lucht says the engineer on the SWR train applied the More >

Attorney general candidates to report fundraising

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic candidates for attorney general will be able to see how their fundraising stacks up against the lone Republican candidate with the filing of campaign reports. The reports showing fundraising through June were due Monday. State Rep. Jon Richards, of Milwaukee, reported raising $190,000 and having nearly $170,000 cash on hand. Susan Happ, More >

Police identify Beloit shooting victim

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) – Police say the woman found fatally shot in Beloit was a local woman. Authorities Monday identified the woman as 44-year-old Jennifer Falcon, of Beloit. Police say she was found lying in a road Sunday about 6:30 a.m. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police Capt. Dan Risse More >

1 killed, 2 injured in separate skydive accidents

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – One person was killed and two others were injured in separate skydiving accidents in southern Wisconsin. Racine County sheriff’s officials say a 44-year-old Racine man died Sunday afternoon after his parachute apparently got tangled with the chute of another skydiver in the air over Sylvania Airport in the Town of York. More >

Report: Michigan splash pad requires costly fixes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – A city-commissioned report has found the Traverse City splash pad that rained sewage-contaminated water on children could cost up to $400,000 to repair. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports ( ) the study by Wisconsin-based Water Technologies Inc. lists 18 separate design flaws, operational deficiencies and safety hazards at the Clinch Park More >