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Young boys stumble upon body in water at Meaux Park

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Some young boys playing in a Milwaukee park made a gruesome discovery over the weekend. A couple boys wandered away from a group of their friends at the basketball courts to a creek in Meaux Park Sunday where they found a partially decomposed body in the water. The boys called police and their More >

Body of missing boater found

TOWN OF GARDNER, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of a missing boater from the Bay of Green Bay in northeastern Wisconsin. The Door County Sheriff’s Department says a sailboat with nobody aboard was found washed ashore around 8:30 p.m. Friday. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Traverse City, Michigan, spotted the body around More >

Two are dead in rollover crash in Richland County

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. (AP) — Two people have died in a rollover crash in Richland County of southwestern Wisconsin. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office says first responders arrived on the scene in Dayton Township on County Highway A, about three miles west of Highway 80, just before 3 p.m. Saturday. Chief Deputy Chad Kanable says deputies More >

A possible third victim in Racine County home explosion

TOWN OF BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Racine County sheriff’s investigators are working to determine if a third person was a victim of a house explosion and fire in the Town of Burlington. Two bodies have been recovered from the rubble of the house following Saturday’s explosion and fire. Authorities say a third person could have been More >

Official: State Fair Park director ignored pay raise process

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Officials say the firing of the State Fair Park executive director this week came after he ignored the state approval process and gave himself and 31 other executives merit pay increases totaling about $78,000. The board of Wisconsin State Fair Park unanimously voted Wednesday night to fire Rick Frenette. Laurel Patrick, a spokeswoman More >

Madison-area hospitality employers owe $724K to 275 workers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor is ordering 24 Madison-area restaurants and hotels to pay out over $724,000 to 275 employees in back pay following an investigation into hours and wage violations. The agency’s Wage and Hour Division says an ongoing investigation has found violations including paying servers in tips only and deducting More >

A fatal bat disease continues to spread across Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A fatal bat disease continues to spread across Wisconsin. The state Department of Natural Resources says over-winter surveillance shows white-nose syndrome or the fungus that causes it is now present in 14 counties, up from eight after over-winter surveillance that ended in 2015. The new counties include Douglas, Iron, Pierce, Manitowoc, Sauk More >

Alliance Laundry Systems to add hundreds of new jobs with expansion

RIPON, Wis. (AP) — A Ripon company that manufactures commercial laundry equipment is expanding in a big way. Alliance Laundry Systems says it will invest more than $62 million to expand its operation and add 200 jobs. An Alliance vice president, Todd Kaull, tells WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1qeshnc ) the expansion includes a new warehouse, injection molding and paint More >

Another man fatally shot at a Madison area gas station

TOWN OF MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Another man has been fatally shot at a Madison area gas station, the second in as many days. Town of Madison Police Chief Scott Gregory says a man shot outside a gas station Wednesday night has died at the hospital. The shooting happened about 8 p.m. at the Capitol Petro More >

Man suspected of false imprisonment found dead at hotel

GRAFTON, Wis. (AP) — Police say a man wanted for holding a woman against her will has fatally shot himself at a hotel in Grafton. Saukville police say the suspect broke into the woman’s home during an attempted burglary Wednesday and forced her at gunpoint to drive around with him. The woman was eventually released and More >