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GOP leader: Don’t bring border kids to Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Wisconsin should not be considered a site to temporarily house unaccompanied immigrant children who are crossing the U.S. border. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Vos wrote to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday. The letter also was signed by Republican Assembly members John Nygren More >

1 killed, 14 injured in 3-vehicle crash

MINOCQUA, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin State Patrol says one person was killed and 14 others hurt when two vehicles and a small bus crashed north of Minocqua. Lt. Steve Krueger says a 64-year-old Minocqua woman died in the crash Thursday with a bus carrying 13 passengers from the Beloit area. Krueger says two cars traveling More >

AG candidate Ozanne finds spending records

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorney general hopeful Ismael Ozanne initially failed to account for spending $33,000 in campaign cash before producing records that fill in the gaps. Ozanne is one of three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in an Aug. 12 primary. His campaign filed finance records for the first half of 2014 with state More >

50 immigrant children placed in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The federal office that helps refugees settle in the United States has placed 50 unaccompanied children in Wisconsin. The Office of Refugee Resettlement released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday showing where children had been placed. It did not provide specifics on their locations. The office says it tries to place children with a parent, relative More >

Man gets 3 1/2 years prison for violin theft

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee man whose stun gun was used in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in January has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison. Universal K. Allah pleaded guilty in May to being party to felony robbery. Milwaukee County Judge Dennis Moroney told him Thursday it was “disconcerting” that More >

1 dead, several hurt in Vilas County bus-car crash

ARBOR VITAE, Wis. (AP) – One person was killed and at least six people were hurt when two vehicles collided with a small bus north of Minocqua. Wisconsin State Patrol Lt. Steve Krueger tells WAOW-TV ( that the crash happened Thursday morning on Highway 51. The highway was shut down for about four hours. The More >

Public defender for violin-theft suspect withdraws

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A public defender has withdrawn from representing the Milwaukee man accused of masterminding the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in January. Salah Salahadyn was scheduled to enter a plea Thursday. But public defender Alejandro Lockwood asked to withdraw from the case. Lockwood provided few details except to say Salahadyn didn’t agree More >

Baldwin introduces bill to create more VA doctors

MILWAUKEE (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation aimed at increasing the number of doctors at Veterans Affairs medical centers and reducing wait times. The Wisconsin Democrat said in a statement Thursday that the bill would create 2,000 residency positions over five years at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide. Residency is the next step in More >

Hayward hosts Lumberjack World Championships

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) – International competition begins in Hayward where the very best lumberjacks are gathering. The U.S. Lumberjack World Championships get underway Thursday with log rolling, pole climbing and chopping events. The championships started in 1960. Organizers say it’s a way to acknowledge the rich history of the logging industry across the United States. More >

2 children injured in Milwaukee shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Two Wisconsin children are recovering after being shot inside a vehicle. A 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the Milwaukee shooting Wednesday night. Deputy Inspector Stephen Basting says the children were in a vehicle being driven by their mother. He says the mother drove them to a local hospital and More >