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UWSP student, instructor teaming up on safety app

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) – Two members of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point community are developing a safety app that allows students to track the location of friends when they go out on the town. Stevens Point Journal Media (http://spjour.nl/1DmZSyb ) reports UWSP senior Jenna Furger and instructor Drew Frisk are working together to conduct the More >

Wisconsin AG hopeful drops defense lawyer donation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic attorney general hopeful Susan Happ has given a campaign contribution from a defense attorney who brokered a plea deal with her office to charity. Happ currently works as Jefferson County’s district attorney. In March her office agreed to defer prosecuting an alleged child molester who bought Happ’s house before he was More >

Body of missing boater found in Kenosha County

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say the body of a missing fisherman has been recovered from a lake in Kenosha County. Authorities say the body of 66-year-old John Spoor, of McHenry, Illinois, was found in about 7 feet of water Friday morning. The search on Silver Lake began Tuesday night after family members reported More >

Man convicted of 8th drunken driving charge

JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) – Prosecutors say a Wisconsin man sent to prison for his eighth drunken driving conviction told investigators he had gotten behind the wheel while intoxicated hundreds of times. Fifty-five-year-old George Gamboeck, of Reedsville, has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years behind bars after pleading no contest to drunken driving in Dodge County. More >

Economic development corporation handed out $60m

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report shows Gov. Scott Walker’s economic development corporation handed out $60 million in grants and loans over its first two years. The Legislative Audit Bureau released a report Friday showing the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation handed out about $29.9 million in grants to businesses, economic development organizations and local governments More >

Burke accused of plagiarizing jobs plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s jobs plan includes entire sections that are exactly the same as plans put forth by other Democrats in past campaigns. Republicans are accusing Burke of plagiarizing the material. Burke’s campaign spokesman says the sections were written by a consultant who also advised the other campaigns. Burke spokesman Joe More >

Wisconsin woman gets 30 years in boyfriend’s death

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A Green Bay-area woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting her boyfriend. Tricia Phillips of Howard was also sentenced to 15 years of extended supervision for second-degree reckless homicide and aggravated battery of David Rosenberg in August 2013. She pleaded no contest in July. Phillips says she More >

Milwaukee courthouse fire damages total $19.1M

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee County officials say the final cost of a July 2013 electrical fire at the county courthouse is $19.1 million. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://tinyurl.com/luqtd7s ) the county’s director of administrative services said Thursday there has been a final settlement of insurance claims. He says all but $1 million of the $19.1 More >

WWII vet finally awarded Purple Heart

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – It was an award that was 70 years overdue for a World War II veteran from the Fox Valley. Air Force Staff Sgt. Fred Zurbuchen was awarded a Purple Heart medal in a surprise ceremony at the Experimental Aircraft Association museum in Oshkosh. His family had gathered for the presentation Thursday More >

Fire burns at vacant community center

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Firefighters are battling a blaze at a community center on Milwaukee’s south side. Officials say the former Lao Family Community Center is currently vacant. Officials say the fire Friday morning started on the second floor of the building and spread to the roof. No injuries have been reported.