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16-year-old dies after being pulled from vehicle upside down in water

LODI, Wis. (AP) — A 16-year-old southern Wisconsin girl has died after the vehicle she was driving slid off a private driveway and into a creek. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says the crash was reported shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday on County Highway J in the town of Lodi. The sheriff’s office says the driveway was More >

Feds: Mass Shooting Thwarted In Milwaukee, Man Charged

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  A grand jury indictment appears to be the next step in a federal prosecution which claims to have thwarted a mass shooting in Milwaukee. Twenty-three year old Samy Mohamed Hamzeh is charged with illegally possessing a machine gun and a silencer, but he has not been charged with terrorism, despite indications of More >

Wisconsin, Others Ask Supreme Court To Block Carbon Rules

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin has joined other coal-producing and consuming states in asking the US Supreme Court to block President Obama’s new rules to fight climate change. Tuesday, dozens of states asked the justices for an emergency stay that would block the EPA’s new policies, after a federal appeals court in Washington refused to issue More >

Local Veterans Service Officer Opposes Streamlining

(Undated)  —  A local veterans’ service officer is against a proposed Wisconsin bill to streamline the way benefits are given to those who’ve served in the military. Senate Republican Van Wanggaard of Racine and Assembly Republican Ken Skowronski of Franklin are seeking co-sponsors for a bill to transfer the duties of the state Veterans Affairs More >

One child has died and two others have been critically injured in a house fire in Sheboygan Falls

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (AP) — One child has died and two others have been critically injured in a house fire in Sheboygan Falls. Officials say an 11-year-old child escaped the burning home Tuesday night. Firefighters went into the house to pull the three other children from the fire. The injured children were taken to Children’s Hospital More >

Gov. Scott Walker hints again that he’ll seek a third term as governor

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is hinting again that he’ll seek a third term as governor. Walker made the comments to reporters Tuesday after he signed a bill at the Rock County Courthouse expanding the state’s Family Care program to the county. Walker says he will wait until late 2016 or after the end More >

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s vice chancellor for finance to take a job at the University of Texas

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison’s vice chancellor for finance is leaving to take a job at the University of Texas. Both schools posted news releases Tuesday saying Darrell Bazzell will leave Wisconsin in March and begin a stint as senior vice president and chief financial officer at the University of Texas at Austin on More >

Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign has reimbursed Wisconsin taxpayers nearly $135,000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign has reimbursed Wisconsin taxpayers nearly $135,000 to cover airfare, hotels and other expenses for his security team while he ran for president. A spokesman for the Wisconsin Department of Administration said Monday the state has been paid $134,768 to cover those costs for July, August and September. The Milwaukee More >

Police recovered about $70,000 worth of stolen cheese

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police have recovered about $70,000 worth of cheese stolen from a suburban Milwaukee trucking company. Germantown police say on their Facebook page that the cheese was found in Milwaukee Friday evening. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1nkjrTY ) reports that no one has been arrested. A 54-foot long trailer containing the cheese was stolen early More >

Authorities identify two people killed in a two-vehicle crash

SPRING PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have identified two people who were killed in a two-vehicle crash in southern Wisconsin. The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a crash shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday on Highway 120 in the town of Spring Prairie. All five occupants of both vehicles were critically injured in the crash. They More >