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“Saved by the Bell” star says time behind bars isn’t like “what you see on TV”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former “Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond says his time behind bars on disorderly conduct and concealed-weapon convictions isn’t like “what you see on TV.” Diamond says in an interview with Extra’s Mario Lopez that jail was “daunting” and “scary,” but he says “you can get in and out unscathed” if More >

Clark Co. woman charged with April crash that killed two young children

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Court records show a Neillsville mother driving the minivan that crashed and killed her two young daughters had previously been cited for failing to buckle the children in car seats. Twenty-three-year-old Aurelia Perez Amador is charged with two counts of neglecting a child resulting in death for the April 2 crash that More >

Zika Virus Finally Reaches Wisconsin

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin is among the last states to confirm a case of the Zika virus. That’s what state health officials said Wednesday, when they confirmed that a Wisconsin woman picked up the mosquito borne virus while on a recent trip to Honduras. State health officer Karen McKeown emphasizes that nobody has contracted the More >

Judge dismisses prospective jurors in civil case against a gun shop

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee County judge has dismissed prospective jurors in a civil case brought by two police officers against a gun shop. Judge John DiMotto told jurors that their dismissal Wednesday was due to issues beyond his control, but did not explain further. Questioning of a pool of 100 jurors began Monday. The potential More >

Winter School District Students have unique opportunity to visit with astronaut Jeff Williams

WINTER, Wis. (AP) — Students in the Winter School District will have a unique opportunity to visit with their hometown astronaut Jeff Williams who’s currently aboard the International Space Station. The school district’s technicians have been working with NASA for the last several weeks to coordinate an interactive uplink with Williams. That’s scheduled for 10:15 a.m. More >

State appeals court judge Paul Higginbotham won’t seek re-election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Judge Paul Higginbotham, the first African-American to serve as a Wisconsin appellate court judge, says he won’t seek re-election to the Madison-based 4th District Court of Appeals. The Wisconsin State Journal reports ( that Higginbotham is ending 23 years as a judge in a career filled with firsts. He was appointed Madison’s More >

New overtime pay rule from Obama administration gets two reactions from Wisconsin’s Senate race candidates

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new overtime pay rule from the Obama administration is getting two different reactions in Wisconsin’s Senate race. Democrat Russ Feingold says the rule is overdue. He said the current system is unfairly affecting middle and lower income earners and those who deserve overtime should get it. Sen. Ron Johnson takes a different More >

FBI, Lawyer Offer $35,000 Reward To Solve Young Girl’s Murder

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The FBI and attorney Michael Hupy have offered $35,000 in rewards for information about the killer of a young girl in Milwaukee. Hundreds of people staged a march and a vigil Tuesday on what would have been Za’layia Jenkins’ tenth birthday, and her mother Destiny Boone said she needed “justice” for her More >

Person killed on interstate in Sheboygan County

TOWN OF WILSON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a person has died after being hit by a van on an interstate in Sheboygan County. The sheriff’s department says a pedestrian was killed shortly before 1 a.m. on Interstate 43 near Highway 28 in the Town of Wilson. The northbound interstate lanes were closed temporarily. Officials haven’t said More >

Milwaukee Art Museum names Marcelle Polednik its next director

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The director of a museum in Florida has been hired as the new director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Journal Sentinel ( ) reported Tuesday that Marcelle Polednik has been hired as the Milwaukee museum’s new director. She’s currently director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville at the More >