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Woman, girl found dead after western Wisconsin house fire

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (AP) — Police say a woman and her daughter were found dead after a house fire in western Wisconsin and a 37-year-old suspect has been arrested in Texas. New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad says the bodies of 30-year-old Courtney Bradford and her 10-year-old daughter Jasmine were found on separate floors of More >

Butterfly sculpture stolen from 6-year-old girl’s grave

DUNDEE, Wis. (AP) — A family is asking for help after a memorial to their daughter was stolen from her grave in Fond du Lac County. The mother of 6-year-old Tiffany Last says a butterfly sculpture was taken from the girl’s grave in Dundee within the past two weeks. Her family is devastated. Her mother, More >

DNR confirms round gobies in the Fox River

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources has confirmed round gobies have been found in the lower Fox River. DNR officials said in a news release Thursday that the fish were caught immediately below the Neenah dam. A DNR spokeswoman said one was caught on Monday and two more on Tuesday. The More >

Governor taps bank executive to lead job creation agency

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has appointed a bank executive who has contributed thousands of dollars to his campaign to lead the state’s troubled economic development agency. Walker announced Thursday that he has tapped Mark Hogan to serve as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s chief executive officer. Hogan has worked for nearly 40 More >

Former chief justice appeals decision in lawsuit over title

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson has appealed a ruling that her fellow justices properly stripped her of her title. Voters approved a Republican-authored constitutional amendment in April that allows the justices to pick the chief rather than automatically giving the title to the longest-serving justice. The court’s conservative More >

High hopes for new University of Wisconsin science buildings

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The annual struggle to find a seat in chemistry classes at three University of Wisconsin campuses is going to get a little easier thanks to building projects in Madison, Stevens Point and La Crosse. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports that the university’s Madison campus will get a new chemistry building More >

First television ad backing Walker touts fight with unions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The first television ad backing Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign to begin airing in Iowa next week highlights his 2011 battle with public sector unions. The 60-second ad was released Thursday by the Unintimidated super PAC that has announced it is spending $17 million in the next six months on More >

Palmer Johnson Yachts closing facilities in Sturgeon Bay

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — Luxury boat maker Palmer Johnson Yachts is closing its two facilities in Sturgeon Bay, putting 100 employees out of jobs. The company notified the employees Wednesday it will start letting them go Oct. 31 and expects to fully close the facilities by the end of the year, though it’s looking More >

2 found dead after western Wisconsin house fire

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say two people were found dead after a house fire in the western Wisconsin community of New Richmond. Police say fire crews were called to the home around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after getting a report from a person who smelled smoke coming from the home and heard the sound More >

Police: Suspect arrested in Waukesha fatal shooting

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Police say they’ve arrested a 35-year-old man in the fatal shooting of another man last month in Waukesha. The Waukesha Police Department said in a news release that the suspect was taken into custody Wednesday in connection with the killing of Kevin J. Hueman. Police say they executed a search warrant More >