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Milwaukee alderman killed in motorcycle crash

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a motorcyclist killed in an overnight crash is a city alderman. Authorities say 56-year-old Joseph Dudzik died after his Harley-Davidson motorcycle hit some construction barricades on the city’s southwest side about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Dudzik was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. Dudzik was More >

Zoo owners believe stolen baby kangaroo, goats won’t survive

GREENVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The owners of a northeastern Wisconsin zoo say they do not believe a 5-month-old kangaroo and four baby goats that were taken will be found alive. The animals from Special Memories Zoo in Outagamie County were reported stolen May 7. Dona Wheeler, who owns the zoo with her husband, tells Post-Crescent More >

Budget panel OKs seeking to raise Medicaid premiums for some

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Low-income childless adults on Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus Medicaid program may have to pay higher premiums if they engage in risky behavior. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal that could lead to the change as part of a wide-ranging Medicaid motion Thursday. Walker is requesting federal approval to More >

Finance committee leaves SeniorCare program alone

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s finance committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s cuts to Wisconsin’s popular SeniorCare program. Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal calls for cutting $97 million from the senior citizen prescription drug discount program. It also would require participants to first sign up for the federal Medicare Part D drug program and More >

Police say homicide caused death of man found along parkway

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say the death of a man found along a parkway is a homicide. The body of the 51-year-old man was discovered Monday along the Kinnickinnic River Parkway. His identity has not been released. Police say no arrests have been made.

Menards locked down while police negotiate with suspect

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — A Menards store was locked down while police in Grand Chute negotiated with an armed suspect in the parking lot. Officers were called to the nearby Walmart store about 8 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a stolen BB gun. Officers found the suspect in the Menards parking lot. A More >

3 dozen displaced by West Bend apartment fire

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — The Red Cross is assisting three dozen people displaced by an apartment fire in West Bend. Firefighters were called to the 16-unit apartment building shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday. West Bend fire officials say the blaze started in the basement and reached the first floor. No tenants or firefighters were More >

Health officials work with Kenosha grocery store

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Health officials are working with a Kenosha grocery store to find out how a salmonella outbreak started and sickened nearly two dozen people. The Kenosha County Division of Health is investigating food purchased over the Mother’s Day weekend at Supermercado Los Corrales. The grocery store’s meat and food preparation area is More >

Florida company agrees to buy downtown Appleton hotel

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Florida company has an agreement to buy a hotel in downtown Appleton. Post-Crescent Media ( ) reports Ormond Beach, Florida-based Inner Circle Investments has a contract to purchase the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. The purchase price has not been released. Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna said Tuesday that the company is More >

Committee rejects charter school approval board

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget-writing budget committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to create a new approval board to allow for more independent charter schools that operate outside the control of local public school boards. The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted down Walker’s proposal early Wednesday morning. Committee co-chair Sen. Alberta Darling More >