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Walker talks positively of sheriff looked at by Trump

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke could serve well in Donald Trump’s administration but “it all depends on what area.” Walker was asked Friday about whether he thinks Clarke is qualified for a law enforcement-related post in Trump’s administration. Clarke met with Trump in New York last week. More >

Commission offers 12 recommendations for strengthening Wisconsin families

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A commission tasked with identifying challenges and barriers facing families in Wisconsin has come up with a series of recommendations, including expansion of private school vouchers. The Future of the Family Commission was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker last January. In its 94-page report, the commission identified 19 challenges facing families, More >

Assembly GOP members named to budget committee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Republicans who have never served on the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee have been named to the panel. Reps. Mark Born, of Beaver Dam, and Mike Rohrkaste, of Neenah, were appointed Thursday to the Joint Finance Committee. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced the appointments. They will join co-chair Rep. John Nygren, More >

1 of 2 men convicted of killing 5-year-old sentenced

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of two men convicted of firing the gunshots that killed a 5-year-old girl as she sat on her grandfather’s lap in Milwaukee has been sentenced to 65 years in prison. Milwaukee County Judge Jeffrey Wagner told Carl Barrett Jr. during sentencing Thursday that he had “shattered the security (and) the peacefulness More >

Shawano Co. Sheriff: 60+ possibly stolen guns recovered from hoarder

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) — At least four people have been arrested and linked to a series of burglaries in northeastern Wisconsin, including thefts of more than 60 guns. Keith Bernarde, Lorenzo Thiex, Ayesha Dodge and Forrest Sparks all face charges, WLUK-TV ( ) reported. Bernarde was charged with three felonies related to the burglaries and More >

Gov. Scott Walker pushes for expanded rural broadband

SEYMOUR, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is asking the state Legislature to pass a bill that allocates about $35 million to expand broadband and technology in rural areas. Walker was in Seymour today where a year ago he held the first of more than 70 listening sessions in the past year. The governor says More >

Seller guilty in fatal overdose of Concordia student

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Jurors have convicted a 24-year-old Milwaukee man in the overdose death of a Concordia University student in Mequon. The jury on Wednesday found Shuntaye Crenshaw guilty of first-degree reckless homicide/delivery of drugs in the death of 18-year-old Caleb Ford of Waukesha.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports Crenshaw faces up More >

Woman arrested in boy’s death was convicted in torture case

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Court records show one of the two women arrested in the death of a 7-year-old child in Milwaukee was previously convicted of neglecting a child who died from his injuries. In the most recent case, police say the boy had numerous injuries when he was brought to the hospital Tuesday and died More >

Wisconsin Deputy Attorney General to leave State Justice Department

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Andy Cook plans to leave the state Department of Justice at the end of the week. The agency issued a news release Wednesday saying that Cook’s last day will be Friday. The release said he’s leaving to pursue “opportunities outside of state service.” The release included a statement More >

Suspect in custody in downtown Milwaukee shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected of firing several gunshots at a couple in downtown Milwaukee. Officers blocked off streets near the Milwaukee County Courthouse Wednesday morning as they investigated the shooting. No one was injured. A parked unoccupied vehicle was struck by the gunfire. Police say the 45-year-old suspect and the More >