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Police: Wisconsin woman fatally struck by train

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Rapids police say an elderly woman has died after being hit by a train. A police lieutenant says the woman was pronounced dead at the scene in Wood County on Sunday. He says the woman attempted to cross the tracks while walking west and was struck by a southbound Canadian More >

Woman killed in Janesville lawn mower accident

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a 65-year-old southern Wisconsin woman has died after a riding lawn mower accident. Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden says deputies were called to a home Saturday afternoon in the town of Janesville, where they found a woman partially trapped under a small riding lawn mower that was tipped upside down. More >

Illinois woman dies rescuing boy in Wisconsin lake

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) – Friends and family are mourning the death of an Illinois woman who drowned while rescuing a 9-year-old boy in a Wisconsin lake. The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports ( ) 47-year-old Karen Wessel of Arlington Heights died Tuesday. The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department says she went under the water in Star More >

7th Circuit revives lead paint lawsuit

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A federal appeals court has revived a lead paint lawsuit in Wisconsin, which could also reactivate more than 170 other lead poisoning cases. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling by a federal judge in Wisconsin’s Eastern District who in 2010 threw out a case involving a Milwaukee boy who More >

Wisconsin mink production up 8 percent last year

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin continues to lead the nation in the production of mink pelts, accounting for one in three U.S. pelts last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin produced 1.13 million mink pelts last year. That was up almost 8 percent from in 2011, the last year for which figures were More >

Police: Green Bay man shoots self after car chase

GOODMAN, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a Green Bay man has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot after shooting at a random car and at sheriff’s deputies on a Marinette County highway. Sheriff’s officials say a couple in the car told investigators a man in a black SUV began shooting at them on Highway 141 More >

Arrest made in Milwaukee shooting that hurt 2 kids

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Police have arrested a felon who got into a gunfight in Milwaukee while driving a van carrying seven children and their mother. Two of the children – a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl – were struck by bullets Wednesday night. The two were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and remained More >

GOP leader: Don’t bring border kids to Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Wisconsin should not be considered a site to temporarily house unaccompanied immigrant children who are crossing the U.S. border. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Vos wrote to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday. The letter also was signed by Republican Assembly members John Nygren More >

1 killed, 14 injured in 3-vehicle crash

MINOCQUA, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin State Patrol says one person was killed and 14 others hurt when two vehicles and a small bus crashed north of Minocqua. Lt. Steve Krueger says a 64-year-old Minocqua woman died in the crash Thursday with a bus carrying 13 passengers from the Beloit area. Krueger says two cars traveling More >

AG candidate Ozanne finds spending records

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorney general hopeful Ismael Ozanne initially failed to account for spending $33,000 in campaign cash before producing records that fill in the gaps. Ozanne is one of three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in an Aug. 12 primary. His campaign filed finance records for the first half of 2014 with state More >