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Wisconsin DNR may buy land once eyed for nuclear plant

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The state may purchase nearly 1,000 acres of land along the Lower Chippewa River in northwestern Wisconsin from Xcel Energy which once had plans to build a nuclear plant on the site. The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will be asked to approve the purchase of the property in Dunn County from More >

Wisconsin National Guard activated to help assess flood damage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin National Guard members have been activated to help assess flood damage in northern Wisconsin. About two dozen guard members will work with Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation to determine the extent of infrastructure damage. The guard members include engineers from the 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade’s 724th Battalion, which More >

Purse left at La Crosse mall with nearly $12,000 returned to Illinois woman

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — An Illinois woman who lost nearly $12,000 at a La Crosse mall has her money back. The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2a6kRO5 ) that 73-year-old Norberta Pickett of Rockford and her husband had hoped to buy a camper while riding motorcycles around Sparta earlier this month. On the last day of More >

Winnebago County sheriff’s officials released more details about a double shooting

TOWN OF UTICA, Wis. (AP) — Winnebago County sheriff’s officials have released a few more details about a double shooting in the Town of Utica. Investigators say deputies responded to a call about a disturbance and shots fired Monday morning. They found 29-year-old Luke Smith of Picket dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. A 36-year-old woman had More >

After 125 years, firefighter receives proper burial

ALLOUEZ, Wis. (AP) — A Green Bay firefighter who died in the line of duty nearly 125 years ago has finally received a graveside tribute. Hans Hanson was the first Green Bay firefighter to die while on duty. He was killed during his first day on the job back in 1892. WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/2ad9UwI ) reports that through More >

Madison police are investigating a shooting outside bar

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police are investigating a shooting outside a sports bar. A woman and a man were hit by gunfire about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday outside the Legends Sports Bar & Grill. Police say both are expected to survive. Investigators say the shooting doesn’t appear to be random. But, no suspects are in custody right More >

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is set to deliver a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is set to deliver a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention amid a heated race for his seat in Wisconsin. A speaking schedule released Sunday showed Johnson would speak Tuesday night, a reversal from the senator’s previous statements that he would stay home to campaign while party More >

Two bodies of two college students have been recovered

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The bodies of two college students who were swept into Lake Michigan from a pier in eastern Wisconsin have been recovered. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office says a dive team found the bodies of 21-year-old Kurt Ahonen, of Suamico, and 22-year-old Adam Laluzerne, of Sheboygan, in the lake late Monday. Authorities say the More >

Fired Lena Taylor aide releases document citing her pot use

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sen. Lena Taylor is disputing that she has used marijuana in recent years after a fired aide released copies of private insurance documents to reporters. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/29VYonF ) Brendan Jackson, who filed an employment complaint against Taylor, provided reporters with copies of insurance company letters he found in More >

The FBI is getting a new head of its Milwaukee office

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The FBI is getting a new head of its Milwaukee office. FBI Director James Comey on Monday named R. Justin Tolomeo special agent in charge of the bureau’s Milwaukee Division. Tolomeo most recently served as an inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He joined the FBI in 1998 and More >