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Report: Wisconsin prison guard suspended for Obama post

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prison guard has served a one-day suspension for a joke on Facebook about President Barack Obama and lynching. The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1H0kn2U ) that Collin Visser posted in December a photo of Christmas tree ornaments depicting Obama and the text: “Look guys. Obama Christmas ornaments. Suddenly it’s More >

5 separate shootings in Milwaukee leave 2 dead, 3 injured

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police are investigating a string of five separate shootings that left two men dead and three injured. A police statement says all the Fourth of July shootings happened late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. While police initially said three men were killed, they issued an update later Sunday saying that one More >

Jail sentence on hold while former sitcom actor appeals

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Jail time is on hold for former “Saved by the Bell” actor Dustin Diamond while he appeals his sentence for an altercation at a bar in Wisconsin. Diamond was supposed to begin serving a four-month sentence last weekend at county jail north of Milwaukee. On Thursday, a judge in Ozaukee More >

Sargento Foods planning to expand in NE Wisconsin

PLYMOUTH, Wis. (AP) — Sargento Foods is planning to invest $30 million in its facilities in northeastern Wisconsin and add 140 jobs. Sargento says it will build additional space for production, storage and employees at the Kiel plant. It will also double the size of its technical center in Elkhart Lake. The new jobs will More >

University students urge transit bus drivers to return

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Student government leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University are urging Milwaukee County bus drivers and the transit system to come to terms on a labor agreement. The student leaders say a 2-day strike by bus drivers has impacted tens of thousands of students who need the bus to get More >

Budget committee set to approve road funding cuts, tax plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans hope to kick-start the stalled state budget by voting on a transportation plan that cuts $500 million for road projects and reduces taxes for married couples. The Joint Finance Committee planned to finish its work on the budget Thursday. It was passing on trying to reach agreement on what to More >

Man accused of holding woman captive dies following shootout

RIO, Wis. (AP) — Columbia County sheriff’s officials say a man who held a woman captive took his own life after a shootout with deputies who were pursuing him. Sheriff Dennis Richards says the woman was held against her will for two days by her boyfriend and was beaten. The woman says the man threatened More >

Police: ATV driver dies in rollover crash in Dodge County

TOWNSHIP OF HERMAN, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of an all-terrain vehicle has died in a rollover accident in Dodge County. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that it took a 911 call about an ATV crash around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday in the Township of Herman. The sheriff’s office More >

Madison-based AnchorBank to cut 101 jobs in next 3 months

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison-based AnchorBank is cutting 14 percent of its workforce as part of an effort to save money. The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1Ny9MAW ) reports AnchorBank is eliminating 101 jobs over the next three months. The company says 78 employees will leave by Sept. 30 after they took a voluntary separation package. More >

Sanders attracts 10,000 boisterous supporters in Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attracted about 10,000 boisterous supporters at a rally in Madison to show that his bid to snatch the Democratic nomination from front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t a longshot after all. Sanders told the crowd they made history by being part of the largest audience to see a More >