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Kenosha police are investigating the death of a 5-month-old child

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kenosha police are investigating the death of a 5-month-old child. The baby was found dead Wednesday. Police say an autopsy will be done on Thursday. There were no obvious signs of trauma. The Kenosha News (http://bit.ly/1P8B6az ) reports it’s the second day in a row that a baby died in the city. An More >

Madison police say a suspect is in custody in the fatal shooting of a woman

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say a suspect is in custody in the fatal shooting of a woman in a grocery store parking lot. The man was taken into custody early Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly shot at an officer during a sweep of a shopping area. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the officer returned fire, More >

Officials say they had more than 150 applications for high-capacity water wells pending

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say they had more than 150 applications for high-capacity water wells pending as of December. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos contends confusion over the extent of the DNR’s authority to regulate high-capacity wells stemming from conflicting court rulings has led to a backlog of applications. The Assembly More >

Gov. Scott Walker plans to pay off presidential campaign debt by end of 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he plans to pay off his presidential campaign debt by the end of the year. Federal reports show Walker’s campaign owed $1.2 million at the end of 2015. The governor told reporters following a speech to the Wisconsin Counties Association at a Madison hotel on Wednesday that he More >

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to Give UW-Madison Commencement Address

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin says Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will return to Madison this spring to give the school’s commencement address. Wilson spent his final college season at Wisconsin after starring for three seasons at North Carolina State. The university said Wednesday that Wilson will speak to graduates at Camp Randall More >

Wisconsin Chief: Police First Line Of Defense For Terrorism

(Washington, DC)  —  A Wisconsin police chief says local officers are the first line of defense against domestic terrorists, and the federal government should recognize that by putting up more training funds. Wally Sparks of the Everest Metro police force near Wausau was invited to testify in Washington Tuesday to the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, More >

Stronger Penalties Endorsed For Lying To Get Jobless Benefits

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsinites could soon face tougher penalties for lying to get unemployment benefits. The Assembly public benefits panel voted 10-5 Tuesday to raise the maximum fine from $500 to $10,000 for lying on jobless benefit applications. Jail terms would rise from the current maximum of 90 days to nine months for fraud of More >

25-year-old woman has been fatally shot in a store parking lot

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say a 25-year-old woman has been fatally shot in a store parking lot in Madison. Madison police say the woman was shot Tuesday night outside Metro Market. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says it appears the woman had been targeted in the shooting and that it “wasn’t a random act of violence.” Police More >

Milwaukee area lawyer sentenced to four years in federal prison for stealing more than $2 million

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee area lawyer has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for stealing more than $2 million from a pair of her estate planning clients. Sarah Laux of Mequon will be on five years of supervised released after she’s released from prison. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1NOIl3s ) reports U.S. District Judge Charles More >

A La Crosse teenager has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting another teen

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A La Crosse teenager has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting another teen last summer. Eighteen-year-old Deshawn Randall pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree intentional homicide. WXOW-TV reports Randall’s attorney said during the hearing that pleading guilty was a better option for his client than going to trial. Randall was accused of shooting 17-year-old George More >