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Oconomowoc death is apparent homicide

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Investigators in Oconomowoc says the death of a 50-year-old man found shot in the basement of his home is apparently a homicide. Police Chief David Beguhn says Stanley Van Wagner’s wife found his body Sunday evening. He had been shot three times with a handgun. Authorities believe Van Wagner was shot More >

Group files lawsuit against Walker over records

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A liberal advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker, saying he is illegally withholding records related to his proposal to rewrite the mission statement of the University of Wisconsin known as the “Wisconsin Idea.” The Center for Media and Democracy filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Dane County Circuit More >

Police look into Menasha bridge shooter’s mental history

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are finishing up an investigation into the background and mental health history of a gunman who killed three people and wounded another before taking his own life during a random shooting on a bridge in eastern Wisconsin. A spokesman with the Menasha Police Department says investigators are looking in every More >

Walker copied in on letter about questionable loan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that records suggest Gov. Scott Walker received a letter pledging a $500,000 loan to a campaign donor’s construction company. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday ( ) that Paul Jadin, then-chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, sent a letter in September 2011 to Building More >

Mother who survived Menasha bridge shooting issues statement

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) — The mother who survived a shooting on a Menasha bridge that took the lives of her husband and daughter is expressing gratitude for the support she’s received. Erin Stoffel remains hospitalized at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah where she has issued her first public statement since the shooting on the More >

Kenosha Co. health officials investigate salmonella outbreak

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Health officials in Kenosha County are investigating an outbreak of a food-borne illness. County health department spokesman Mark Melotick says more than 20 people have gotten sick from suspected salmonella. Health officials are looking for the source of the salmonella, which can result in flu-like symptoms. State health officials are working More >

Man accused in fatal river stabbing back in court

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) — A Minnesota man accused in a fatal stabbing along the St. Croix River is back in court, accused of violating terms of his bond. Prosecutors allege 19-year-old Levi Acre-Kendall used his Twitter account to contact a couple of witnesses who were with him when the deadly confrontation occurred last month. More >

Former treasurer, deputy treasurer charged with felony theft

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The former Eau Claire County treasurer and his assistant have been charged with felony theft and misconduct in public office. Prosecutors say Larry Lokken and Kay Onarheim took more than $625,000 in taxpayer money between 2011 and 2013, when both left the office. The two appeared in Eau Claire County More >

Committee to vote on expanding Wisconsin voucher program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget-writing committee plans to vote on expanding the state’s private-school voucher program. Gov. Scott Walker has proposed doing away with the 1,000-student enrollment cap for the statewide program that began two years ago. But in doing that, Walker’s plan would lower the amount of the taxpayer-funded voucher that students More >

Committee to decide whether to cut prison tower guards

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s finance committee is set to decide whether to reduce prison tower staffing during the middle of the night. Gov. Scott Walker’s budget calls for saving about $6.2 million over the next two fiscal years by reducing third-shift tower staffing by 60 positions. Department of Corrections officials say anyone currently More >