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Walker proposes new freedoms, $300 million cut to University of Wisconsin System

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is proposing a 13 percent cut in state funding for the University of Wisconsin System, at the same time he wants to give all campuses more freedom from state laws. Walker told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that he will be proposing that future funding to UW More >

Wisconsin authorities bust suspected cockfight operation

GLENWOOD CITY, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have raided a suspected cockfight operation in western Wisconsin. St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts says deputies went to a farm in rural Glenwood City on Saturday and arrested 19 people suspected of being spectators at a cockfight. The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( ) reports no charges have been filed More >

Drowning of boy in Milwaukee hotel pool ruled accidental

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office says the death of a 7-year-old boy who drowned while attending a birthday party at a Milwaukee hotel was an accident. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports Noah Beckley was attending the party with about a dozen other children at the Comfort Inn and Suites on More >

Woman, 19, hurt in fall from Madison balcony

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison police say a 19-year-old woman suffered significant injuries when she fell from a second-floor apartment balcony. Police say the woman was found below the balcony early Sunday by a man hired to remove snow. Residents told police they didn’t see the woman fall, but said she was visiting and sleeping at the More >

New dean for Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has hired a new dean. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced Monday that Aaron Betsky will oversee the prestigious school’s academics and finances. Betsky most recently was director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. He begins his new job immediately and takes over for Victor Sidy, who More >

1 dies, 2 survive when plane crashes in central Wisconsin

OWEN, Wis. (AP) – A plane crash in central Wisconsin has killed one person and injured two others. Clark County Sheriff Greg Herrick says the victim was a passenger in a Cessna 182 that was trying to make an emergency landing on a road in the town of Hoard at about 9:15 a.m. Monday. News-Herald Media reports More >

Wisconsin DOJ didn’t track gay marriage case hours

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Justice says it doesn’t have any records of how many hours it spent defending Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban, making the full cost of fighting the case impossible to determine. A group of gay couples filed a lawsuit last year challenging the marriage ban. They ultimately won the case More >

Punk band tells Gov. Walker: ‘We literally hate you’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The punk rock band Dropkick Murphys is asking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to stop playing one of their songs, saying in a message on Twitter that “We literally hate you.” The band sent the message Saturday night after Walker took the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit to their song “I’m Shipping More >

Father, son die after vehicle breaks through ice

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – An accident on Lake Winnebago has taken another life.  The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office says an 8-year-old boy has died after he was pulled from the icy lake water Sunday. The child’s father died shortly after their Jeep broke through the ice about 7 a.m. The victims were from Sussex. Authorities More >

Judge tells Vos his comments were ‘just not true’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – One of the judges on the Wisconsin board that oversees elections, campaign finance and ethics laws tells the Speaker of the state Assembly that criticisms he made of the board were “just not true.” Government Accountability Board Chairman Gerald Nichol sent the letter to Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos last week. The More >