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Wisconsin man pleads guilty to human trafficking

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Madison man has pleaded guilty to three human trafficking charges. Online court records show 40-year-old Lindy Gill pleaded to two counts of human trafficking and one count of receiving compensation for human trafficking in Dane County Circuit Court on Thursday. He also pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering safety in a separate More >

Police: 4-year-old Milwaukee boy accidentally shot uncle

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Police say a 4-year-old Milwaukee boy accidentally shot his uncle in the stomach after finding a gun on the floor. Capt. Jason Smith tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) the shooting happened late Monday. He says the uncle told police he was going to a gun range, and that the firearm was More >

Driver scares robber by threatening to spray him with gas

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee police say a man fueling up his car scared off a would-be armed robber when he pointed the nozzle at him and threatened to spray him with gasoline. A police statement says officers were called to the station just before 9 a.m. Friday, where the 53-year-old Glendale man told them a man More >

Wisconsin team works to defend snow sculpting championship

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin snow sculpting team that won the last two national championships is trying to defend their trophy in Lake Geneva. The U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday along Geneva Lake. David Andrews, Jason Anhorn and Steve Bateman make up one of the Wisconsin teams. More >

Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run

TURTLE LAKE, Wis. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials in western Wisconsin say an arrest has been made in the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a driver who fled the scene. Twenty-six-year-old Logan Paulson was found early Thursday on Highway 8 near Upper Turtle Lake. Paulson lived in the area and was walking along More >

Defensive assistant will lead Whitewater football dynasty

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) – The search for a head football coach to lead the six-time national champion University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is over. Defensive assistant coach Kevin Bullis will inherit the football dynasty, along with great expectations. The Division III Whitewater has the nation’s longest winning streak (32 games) to go with its six national titles More >

Acuity plans to hire 150 employees

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – The property casualty insurer Acuity is growing. Acuity says it’s planning to hire 150 people this year to work at its Sheboygan headquarters and other facilities in 23 states. Sheboygan Press Media ( ) says the company plans to hire processors, underwriters, software developers, technical support staff and others. Acuity continues More >

Wis. schools buy local fruit, vegetables, not as much dairy

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Federal agriculture officials say Wisconsin’s school districts are strong participants in buying local fruits and vegetables for their lunchrooms. But a survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state’s school districts could do better in purchasing dairy products from local farmers. Thirty-two percent of schools involved in Farm More >

Mitt Romney to update supporters on plans for 2016 campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) – Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering another run for president, Mitt Romney plans to update supporters about his plans for the 2016 presidential campaign. The Republican Party’s 2012 nominee will host conference calls for staff and supporters late Friday morning. Romney jumped back into the presidential discussion on Jan. 10, when he More >

3 more children died of flu complications in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State health officials say three more children have died from flu complications in Wisconsin, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths to five. The latest report from the state Department of Health Services says this flu season is second only to 2009 when the swine flu caused the deaths of six More >