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Walker says he sees gaps in potential 2016 GOP field

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he sees gaps in the potential field of Republican presidential candidates in 2016. Walker told WTMJ radio in an interview Wednesday that just like he had concerns about the future of Wisconsin that motivated him to run for governor in 2010, worries he has about the country More >

Pabst owner considering return of brewer to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Pabst Brewing Co. could return to the city of its 19th century birth. Pabst shut down its brewery in Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago. But, now its current owner and CEO, Eugene Kashper, is looking for a location in Milwaukee to open a pilot brewery where new products could be made and More >

Contractor charged with stealing computers from state

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A contract employee has been charged with stealing computers from the state. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Shawn Lewis of Madison was working to repair computers when he took as many as 17 laptops from the Department of Workforce Development between April and September. Investigators say Lewis sold some computers at pawn shops More >

Milwaukee County expanding traveling beer garden

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A traveling beer garden is expanding for its second annual tour across Milwaukee County. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced Tuesday that a second truck will be added to the Traveling Beer Garden Tour this summer. The additional Sprecher Brewing Company truck will allow two parks to host the event each week. The eight-week More >

Military plane makes emergency landing at Mitchell airport

MITCHELL, Wis. (AP) – Authorities are investigating after a military plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Mitchell International Airport due to mechanical issues. An official with the Wisconsin Air National Guard 128th Air Refueling Wing says a KC-135 Stratotanker returned to the airport Tuesday night in the midst of a training mission after More >

Dozens of children escape injury in Wisconsin bus crash

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) – Authorities in northwestern Wisconsin say a car rear-ended a school bus loaded with 45 students, but the children and the bus driver were not hurt. The Wisconsin State Patrol says the crash happened about six miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday after school let out. Ashland County More >

Man charged in stabbing deaths of baby daughter, another man

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee man is charged with fatally stabbing his infant daughter and another man during a domestic violence attack last week. Twenty-year-old Ruben Garcia was charged Tuesday with first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his daughter, 5-month-old Kairii Dailey, and 39-year-old Paul Kucharczyk, a family friend. Garcia also is charged with attempted homicide More >

Sheriff: Friends were flying plane to Alaska when it crashed

OWEN, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin authorities say two friends were flying a recently purchased airplane to Alaska when it crashed, killing the pilot’s father. Clark County Sheriff Greg Herrick released the names of the three people involved in Monday’s crash in central Wisconsin. The pilot, 27-year-old Mark Siegwart of Hammond, Indiana, and his friend, 41-year-old Nathan Smoot More >

Republican says he doesn’t support school sanctions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Republican state senator says he does not believe the state can force failing public schools to be converted into independent charter schools. Sen. Paul Farrow made his comments Tuesday while testifying in support of a measure he introduced that does not include sanctions. Assembly Republicans are backing a different approach with More >

Road conditions blamed in fatal crash

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say slick roads were a factor in a fatal crash in Racine County. A pickup truck and car collided in the Town of Dover about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sheriff’s officials say the female driver of the Prius was partially ejected and the pickup caught fire. The driver of the car More >