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5 arrested in school threats in Oshkosh, Fond du Lac

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Five people have been arrested in unrelated school threats in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. Authorities say an 18-year-old man and two boys, ages 17 and 15, were arrested for threats that shut down Oshkosh’s two public high schools Thursday. The schools have reopened. Police say those threats were made in More >

Wisconsin superintendent candidate calls for creation of state board

(Madison, WI)  —  A candidate for Wisconsin state superintendent wants to create a statewide school board. John Humphries Thursday called for the creation of an Education Accountability Board, or a statewide school board. The state superintendent position runs the state Department of Public Education without oversight of a board. Humphries is challenging incumbent state superintendent More >

Trial set for ex-Milwaukee officer charged in fatal shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former Milwaukee police officer will go on trial for the shooting death of a black man, attorneys told a judge Thursday, an indication that there’s no plea deal in the works. Former officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown has pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony reckless homicide in the August death of More >

Federal official: Walker’s drug tests for food stamps illegal

(Washington, DC)  —  The federal official who runs the food stamp program says it’s illegal to make recipients pass drug tests to get the benefits, as Governor Scott Walker wants to require in Wisconsin. Kevin Concannon, an undersecretary in the USDA, says Walker’s office made the request to his department, and it consulted with agency More >

State judges are asked to pull out of campaign donors’ cases

(Madison, WI) — Fifty-four retired Wisconsin judges want the State Supreme Court to make current judges withdraw from cases that involve their campaign donors. In 2010, the Supreme Court told judges on all levels that a litigant’s campaign spending is not enough to make a judge withdraw. Now, the retired judicial group has filed a More >

Fond Du Lac High School, police deal with threat

(Fond du Lac, WI)  —  Students and others will see a bigger police presence at Fond du Lac High School, where a staff member found a note in a hallway which threatened an incident for Thursday. Police and school administrators say they do not believe the threat is credible, after they investigated it. But Principal More >

Wisconsin lottery winner sentenced for stalking teen girl

(Marinette, WI)  —  A Wisconsin man who became an instant millionaire with a winning lottery ticket has been sentenced for stalking and other charges related to his obsession with a teenage girl who rejected his advances. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that 50-year-old Douglas P. Miron was sentenced on Tuesday to one year in jail More >

Oshkosh man accused of abusing two-month old daughter

(Oshkosh, WI)  —  A 31-year-old Oshkosh man has been arrested on suspicion of abusing his two-month old daughter. Television station WBAY reports that the Oshkosh Police Department says the child suffered injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Investigators say the alleged abuse happened Tuesday. Police say the father took the child to Mercy Medical Center. More >

Sisters found unharmed in Kansas

GENOA CITY, Wis. (AP) — Two girls reported missing in southeastern Wisconsin have been taken into protective custody in Kansas. Authorities say eight-year-old Katie Brick and six-year-old Jenna Brick were last seen Tuesday leaving a home in Genoa City with their mother who does not have custody of the sisters. Police say the girls were More >

State of State: Walker touts roads, jobs, tax cuts

(Madison, WI)  —  Governor Scott Walker is vowing to grow Wisconsin’s workforce in his annual State of the State address. The Republican was addressing both houses of the Legislature for the seventh time Tuesday afternoon. He put a positive spin on some of the state’s hottest issues, and he borrowed a line from Ronald Reagan More >