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Madison police initiative targets mentally ill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison’s police chief plans to introduce a new initiative aimed at helping people with mental health issues. WKOW-TV ( ) says Chief Mike Koval will introduce several new mental health liaison officers at a news conference Monday and talk about how they’ll be used in all of Madison’s police districts. Last More >

Woman charged with stealing puppy from Milwaukee yard

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A 20-year-old woman accused of stealing a 3-month-old Chihuahua from the yard of a Milwaukee pet owner has been charged with felony theft. According to a criminal complaint, Jessica Setzer took the puppy from the south side home on Jan. 14 and ran off. Owner Antonio Herrera says he noticed the dog was More >

Police investigating fatal shooting in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Detectives are interviewing neighbors on Milwaukee’s north side as they investigate the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man. Police were dispatched to the scene about 3:30 a.m. Monday and found the victim with a gunshot wound to his chest. Officers say a suspect is in custody.

5-year-old Milwaukee boy recovering after house fire

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A 5-year-old Milwaukee boy found unresponsive in a house fire two weeks ago is recovering from his injuries at a local hospital. Emmanuel Onukwugha was rescued by firefighters on Jan. 14 from a blaze on the city’s northwest side. Officials said the boy was revived after he was found unconscious and not breathing More >

Man dies after vehicle goes through Lake Winnebago ice

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – A 40-year-old Sussex man has died after his vehicle fell through the ice on Lake Winnebago. Emergency crews were called just before 7 a.m. Sunday to the lake about two miles east of Oshkosh’s Merritt Street boat landing. The operator of an all-terrain vehicle called for help after watching the vehicle fall More >

Wisconsin set to finish fiscal year in $283 million hole

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New nonpartisan projections show Wisconsin is on track to finish the current fiscal year with a larger shortfall than Gov. Scott Walker’s administration anticipated. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a report Friday that shows the state is expected to finish the year that ends June 30 with a $283.4 million shortfall. Walker’s More >

UW-Madison quietly closes controversial cat lab

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has closed a controversial cat research lab. University spokesman Chris Barncard confirmed Friday the lab quietly closed months ago. He says the professor who ran the lab is on the path to retirement. He said the retirement was not spurred by pressure from outside organizations. A representative from the More >

La Crosse County goes without heroin overdose death in 2014

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – There were no deaths from heroin overdoses in La Crosse County last year and officials are crediting naloxone, a drug that counteracts overdoses. The La Crosse Tribune ( ) reports more emergency responders are carrying naloxone, which is commonly known by the brand name Narcan. Two people died in La Crosse More >

Big weekend ahead for Walker with Iowa, California trips

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is fine-tuning his message heading into a busy weekend where he will rub shoulders with other potential 2016 presidential candidates speaking to conservatives in Iowa and at a Koch brothers event in California. Walker has been crafting his image on the national political stage as a fresh-faced reformer and More >

Walker says casino rejection not based on politics

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says his decision to reject a proposal to build a new $800 million casino in Kenosha is not based on politics or impact on his potential presidential run, but what is best for taxpayers in the state. Walker announced Friday that he was rejecting a Menominee Tribe proposal to build More >