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Obama kicks off campaign swing with Wisconsin stop

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is kicking off a weeklong, six-state campaign spree with a visit to Wisconsin. Obama will attend a rally at a Milwaukee high school Tuesday for Mary Burke. She’s the Democrat trying to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Defeating Walker, a potential 2016 presidential contender, would be a major coup for More >

Regents OK new UW Colleges and Extension head

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension have a new chancellor. The UW System Board of Regents on Monday approved the appointment of Cathy Sandeen. Sandeen currently is vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education, based in Washington, D.C. Sandeen permanently replaces Ray Cross, who left the More >

Wisconsin attorney general sues Corinthian

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is suing Corinthian Colleges, alleging the for-profit education company used deceptive marketing to enroll students in a now-closed Milwaukee school. According to the complaint, an investigation found Corinthian got students to enroll at Everest College in Milwaukee by allegedly misrepresenting the school’s job placement rates. The complaint More >

Happ out-raises Schimel over last 3 months

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New campaign finance reports show Democrat Susan Happ raised more money than Republican Brad Schimel over the last three months of the state attorney general race. The report show that Happ, Jefferson County’s district attorney, raised $640,881 between July 29 and Oct. 20. She spent $637,309 and had $135,403 on hand. She’s More >

GAB: 146K absentee votes cast so far

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin election officials say state voters have cast more than 146,000 absentee ballots so far. The Government Accountability Board released figures Monday that show 146,196 absentee ballots were cast through Friday. Of those, 90,452 were cast in local clerk’s offices and 55,717 were cast by mail. About 28,400 absentee ballots have not More >

Labor group sues to make Walker raise minimum wage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A labor group is suing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to force the state to raise the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour. The lawsuit comes after the state labor department rejected complaints from about 100 workers who say the minimum wage is too low. Wisconsin law says the minimum wage More >

Judge sentences woman to 25 years in kidnapping

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal judge has sentenced a Colorado woman who kidnapped her newborn nephew from a Wisconsin home and left him outside in freezing temperatures in Iowa to 25 years in prison. Kristen Smith faced anywhere from 25 years to life. U.S. District Judge James Peterson gave her the minimum 25 years on More >

Happ raises nearly $641,000 in almost 3 months

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New campaign finance reports show attorney general hopeful Susan Happ raised nearly $641,000 over the last three months. The reports show that Happ, Jefferson County’s Democratic district attorney, raised $640,881 between July 28 and Oct. 20. She spent $637,309 and had $135,403 on hand. Campaign finance reports covering the last three months More >

Wisconsin not among 35 states that apply for grant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Thirty five states have applied for $250 million worth of federal grants for preschool education, but Wisconsin is not one of them. Wisconsin did not apply by Friday’s deadline to qualify for up to $60 million in grants over four years. Democratic critics of Republican Gov. Scott Walker had pushed the governor More >

Rock County judge announces Supreme Court bid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley has announced his candidacy for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Daley announced his campaign Monday in Janesville. He is seeking the seat currently held by Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, who is also running. If more than two candidates qualify for the ballot, they will square off in a More >