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Slender Man attorney: Girl can’t face trial in adult court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An attorney for one of two young girls accused of stabbing their classmate to please the horror character Slender Man is arguing his client doesn’t belong in adult court. Defense lawyer Anthony Cotton filed a brief Tuesday with Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren arguing that he can’t bind her over for More >

Man, 18, shot by Milwaukee officer was pointing replica gun

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee police say an 18-year-old man had pointed a replica gun at a police officer when the officer shot and wounded him last weekend. Police said Tuesday the gun the man pointed at the officer was an Airsoft-style gun resembling an assault rifle. Officers were dispatched about 1 p.m. Saturday after firefighters who responded More >

Right-to-work hearing elicits contrasting testimony

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Testifiers are disagreeing over whether making Wisconsin a right-to-work state will improve the economy and help workers. The Senate Labor Committee is slated to take testimony into the night Tuesday on the measure that would make it a crime to require private-sector workers to pay union dues. Gordon Lafer, a professor at University More >

9 years in prison for teacher who assaulted girls

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A former Green Bay elementary school teacher is sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting two students. Fifty-eight-year-old Jer Lovaj earlier pleaded no contest to one felony and one misdemeanor count of sexually assaulting a child. Prosecutors say Lovaj inappropriately touched two female students in 2013 and 2014. More >

Millions of 911 cellphone calls don’t show location

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A review of public documents shows millions of 911 calls from cellphones in Wisconsin and the rest of the U.S. don’t quickly give a location to authorities. The Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team and USA Today ( ) report that calls from cellphones often only show where the nearest cell tower More >

2 buses of police arrive at Wisconsin Capitol before rally

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two buses of police officers have arrived at the Wisconsin state Capitol in advance of a public hearing on a right-to-work bill. The hearing before the Senate Labor Committee is set to begin at 10 a.m. The buses arrived around 7:30 a.m., just 30 minutes before the Capitol opens to the public. Public More >

Apostle Islands ice caves could open this weekend

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore officials say the popular ice caves could be open to the public this weekend. Lakeshore planning chief Julie Van Stappen says they’ll check the ice Wednesday, then make the call. The ice must be locked in and thick enough on the trail out to the mainland ice More >

Madison company offered $9 million in tax credits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Madison company that’s developed a test to screen for colorectal cancer is offered $9 million in tax incentives to grow its business. The tax credits for Exact Sciences come from the quasi-public Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Exact Sciences would have to hire about 760 additional employees and make about $26 More >

Not guilty plea in heroin death charges

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) – A Madison man accused in the heroin overdose death of a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student has pleaded not guilty to first-degree reckless homicide. Twenty-one-year-old Charlie Phillips-Moore entered the plea Monday in Portage County Circuit Court after a judge ruled prosecutors presented enough evidence during a preliminary hearing to justify More >

Suspect arrested in Milwaukee gas station beating

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the beating of two clerks at a Milwaukee gas station. According to Milwaukee police, the incident took place Saturday night after the employees confronted a customer who they suspected of shoplifting. A video recorded by a witness shows the two clerks grabbing baseball bats More >