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Travel dangerous in many roads in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow has closed or delayed classes at dozens of school districts across Wisconsin as law enforcement agencies warned against travel in the most treacherous spots. State transportation officials say highways and roads from northern Wisconsin to La Crosse and east to Sheboygan are ice covered. More >

Parents of girl charged in ‘Slender Man’ stabbing speak out

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The parents of one of two Wisconsin girls who were 12 when they allegedly stabbed another girl 19 times to impress the fictional internet character “Slender Man” say they were as shocked as anyone by the 2014 attack. In an interview Monday with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Bill and Kristi Weier, parents More >

Missing elderly man found dead in Grant County

LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) — A missing elderly man from the Beloit area has been found dead in Grant County. Police say it appears Stuart Austin’s car got stuck along a remote road off Highway 133 and he succumbed to the elements. The 84-year-old Austin had been missing since Jan. 3. Town of Beloit police say More >

Man killed after setting off apartment explosion

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Police say a man in a small northwestern Wisconsin community was killed after he followed through on his threat to explode a bomb in his apartment building. Rice Lake police say 12 to 14 residents were evacuated before the explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed the one-story building Sunday night. More >

Green Bay police warn of kidnapping scam

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay police say local residents are being targeted by phone scammers who claim they’re holding a loved one for ransom. Police say they’ve been contacted by at least four residents in recent days who say they’ve been called by scammers trying to get money. In one case, police say More >

Ryan meets US police chiefs on ways to reduce officers’ deadly force

(Janesville, WI)  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan gets a briefing from six US police chiefs on new ways to reduce tense situations without officers using their weapons. Ryan held a listening session Monday at a hotel in his hometown of Janesville to learn more about a training program from the Police Executive Research Forum. Janesville More >

$1 million Powerball winning ticket will expire soon

(Madison, WI)  —  A one million dollar Powerball ticket from last summer has yet to be cashed in. And Wisconsin Lottery officials say it will expire if the winner doesn’t come forward by February second. The ticket was sold at Aberg Avenue Mobil in Madison for the August sixth Powerball drawing, and it matched all More >

Wisconsin Supreme Court will not hear Neenah teachers’ lawsuit

(Neenah, WI)  —  A lawsuit filed by Neenah Joint School District teachers over retirement benefits will not go before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Television station WBAY reports that the state’s high court released an order on January 12th that the petition for review has been denied. The lawsuit was filed in 2013, following the passage More >

Neighbors concerned about upside down flag display

(Lannon, WI)  —  People living in a neighborhood in the Village of Lannon say they understand First Amendment rights, but they’re still concerned about an American flag which has been displayed upside down outside a condominium.  People who live nearby say they think it’s a political statement protesting the incoming Trump administration.  The condo residents More >

US Rep. Pocan says he won’t attend Trump inauguration

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is joining those who say they will not attend Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Pocan made his announcement Sunday. The Wisconsin Democrat says he had initially planned to attend the inauguration, but changed his mind after reading the classified document on Russian hacking, seeing how Trump More >