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Walker says he joked with rabbis about ‘molotov’ error

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says rabbis joked with him about a letter drafted in his name related to lighting a menorah for Hanukah that ends with him saying “molotov” instead of “mazel tov.” Walker was joined by rabbis and others Tuesday at the governor’s mansion for a menorah lighting ceremony. He was asked More >

Walker says Bush decision on 2016 doesn’t affect him

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s decision to “actively explore” running for president doesn’t affect his own consideration of getting into the race. Walker was asked Tuesday about Bush’s comments and decision to form a new political operation to raise money. Walker says Bush’s action “doesn’t affect me More >

Evidence to be reused against Wisconsin convict

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) – Evidence that helped convict a Wisconsin Rapids man of a 2008 homicide will come into play when he goes on trial for the 1984 shooting death of his wife. Joseph Reinwand is serving a life sentence after being convicted in October of first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Dale More >

Audit: 1.7 million unanswered calls to unemployment line

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new state report says Department of Workforce Development call centers were too busy to answer almost 1.7 million calls from people looking to claim unemployment benefits in the year that ended June 30. The Legislative Audit Bureau issued findings Tuesday showing that DWD placed people in hold queue when call center More >

Audit: Wisconsin overpaid $168 million in unemployment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report says the state Department of Workforce Development overpaid nearly $168 million in unemployment benefits during the three years that ended June 30. The Legislative Audit Bureau released findings Tuesday that show the agency identified 681,400 overpayments totaling $167.9 million from fiscal year 2011-12 through fiscal year 2013-14. The audit More >

Wisconsin elections board head defends work

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The head of the state board that oversees elections in Wisconsin is defending its work amid calls from Republicans to overhaul the agency in light of a recent audit that detailed a variety of problems. Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy discussed the audit with the board at its meeting Tuesday. Board More >

Driver gets 12 years for fleeing from fatal crash

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A driver that fled from a Dane County crash that killed his friend has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Bradley Pellmann told a judge Monday that he’s ashamed that he panicked and failed to stay at the scene of the crash that killed Nathan Trickel. Authorities investigating the accident initially More >

Wisconsin man gets 16 years in heroin case

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – A Racine County man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for conducting heroin sales with their small children present. WITI-TV reports ( ) 33-year-old Blair LaRose of Salem was also sentenced Monday to nine years of extended supervision after pleading guilty or no contest in October to charges of selling More >

Police: Milwaukee woman fatally strangled sister

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities have charged a Milwaukee woman who they say fatally strangled and suffocated her sister during an argument at their home. Authorities said Monday that Marcia Render is charged with second-degree reckless homicide and strangulation. The 51-year-old faces up to 31 years in prison if convicted of both charges. Police arrested Render last week More >

Marquette University receives $3.5M donation

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Marquette University has received a $3.5 million gift to fund capital improvement projects in the school’s oldest building. The university’s Diederich College of Communication said Monday it received the donation from the Bernice Shanke Greiveldinger Charitable Trust. The money will fund renovations to Johnston Hall starting in January. Renovations are expected to run More >