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Newborn dies while sleeping with mother in Wausau

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Police in Wausau say a newborn has died while sleeping with his mother. Capt. Greg Hagenbucher says the cause of the baby’s death is “consistent with asphyxiation.” WAOW-TV ( ) reports Hagenbucher says the death of the 17-day-old infant last week is considered accidental. ___ Information from: WAOW-TV,

1 person dead, 1 critically injured in Dane County park

DEFOREST, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s investigators say one man has died and another has been critically injured in a Dane County park north of Madison. Emergency responders were called to Token Creek Park near DeForest about 6 p.m. Tuesday. The two men were found with significant injuries on a recreational trail. Authorities say one man More >

Ex-deputy accused of sex assault of teen pleads not guilty

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A former Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to charges against him. Daily Herald Media ( ) reports 34-year-old Zachary Dorr entered his plea Monday on charges including second-degree assault of a child. He resigned from his position in May following his More >

Republican Kapenga wins special election to Wisconsin Senate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Chris Kapenga has won a special election for the Wisconsin state Senate to fill a seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Paul Farrow. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports preliminary results released Tuesday night show Kapenga defeated Democrat Sherryll Shaddock. The district covers part of Waukesha County More >

Daughter of Earth Day founder resigns from state job

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The daughter of Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson has resigned from her job with the state of Wisconsin following a dispute over the causes of climate change. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday ( ) that Tia Nelson has resigned as public lands administrator to take a new science and education More >

Ashley Furniture cited for more alleged safety violations

ARCADIA, Wis. (AP) — A federal safety agency is accusing Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. of more safety violations at its factory in Arcadia. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a 56-year-old employee lost his right ring finger after a March 11 accident. The accident happened on a machine the agency had cited as More >

Dump truck driver sentenced to prison in fatal I-90 crash

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A dump truck driver has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for a fatal crash on Interstate 90 near La Crosse last year. Thirty-seven-year-old Francis Rychtik Sr. of Arpin admitted to having alcohol in his system and checking Facebook moments before the crash. The La Crosse Tribune ( ) More >

UW two-year colleges to cut 83 positions, consolidate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The 13 two-year colleges in the University of Wisconsin System will cut 83 full-time positions and consolidate leadership into four regions to deal with budget cuts approved by the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker. UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen announced how it would handle the nearly $5 million in More >

Top adviser says Walker running as a uniter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s top adviser says the Republican is running for president as someone who can cross political lines and bring together a polarized electorate. Walker adviser Rick Wiley said Tuesday in a speech organized by the political website that Walker’s ability to win the 2012 recall election shows he More >

Top Walker adviser welcomes competition, likes position

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s top adviser says he welcomes the growing Republican presidential field and feels good about the money Walker has raised so far, even though it trails others. Walker adviser Rick Wiley spoke Tuesday at a noontime luncheon organized by the political website His speech came on the same More >