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Walker seeks applicants for Wisconsin Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is seeking applicants for a vacancy on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, but is not saying whether he will rule out appointing one of three judges who are running for the seat. The opening is to fill the remainder of Justice Patrick Crooks’ term, which runs through July 31. More >

Republicans circulate bill to overhaul civil service system

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers are seeking co-sponsors to a fast-tracked bill backed by Gov. Scott Walker to overhaul the state’s civil service system, making it easier to hire and fire state employees. Sen. Roger Roth and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke on Monday circulated the bill with a deadline of Thursday to More >

GE plans to stop making engines in Waukesha, cut 350 jobs

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — GE Power & Water plans to stop manufacturing gas engines in Waukesha and move the work to Canada, meaning the loss of 350 jobs in Waukesha. The Waukesha plant builds engines for power generation applications. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( reports GE says it plans to build a $265 million factory More >

Calendar shows how little Walker was in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — If it felt like Gov. Scott Walker didn’t spend much time in Wisconsin after announcing his run for president, it’s because he didn’t. Walker’s official calendar for July released to The Associated Press under the state’s open records law shows Walker spent one day in July in Wisconsin on official business More >

Groups ask Walker not to appoint court candidates to vacancy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Four advocacy groups are urging Gov. Scott Walker not to name one of the three candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court to fill out the term of Justice Patrick Crooks who died last week. The groups on Monday sent Walker a letter asking him to name an interim justice to fill More >

Bill would allow hunter applicants to retain points

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican legislator is circulating a bill that would allow hunting applicants to retain preference points for more than three years. Right now, the Department of Natural Resources issues licenses for a number of species, including bear and turkey, to hunters who have accumulated preference points. Every year a hunter applies More >

3 young children seriously injured in car crash

TOWN OF LOMIRA, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s investigators say a driver may have been under the influence when crashing a car and injuring three young children near the Dodge and Washington county line. Two of the three children were thrown from the car as it rolled over along Interstate 41 and Highway 28 in the More >

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to open research center

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is set to officially open its new five-story, $80 million research center. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex is the first new academic building on the east side campus in more than 20 years. Faculty and students have already moved in, and More >

Woman suspected of anti-freeze poisoning

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. (AP) — Police say a Richland Center woman tried to kill another woman with anti-freeze. The 25-year-old suspect is behind bars on a possible charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. The 68-year-old victim is recovering at Meriter Hospital in Madison. Richland Center Police Chief Lucas Clements says the woman is in stable More >

Authorities: Teen pedestrian struck, killed in Dodge County

LOWELL, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has been struck and killed by a pickup while walking along a roadway in Dodge County. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says it responded to the crash around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the township of Lowell. The sheriff’s office says the pickup, driven by a 20-year-old More >