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Man dies following fall at suburban Milwaukee shopping mall

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee County authorities say a 21-year-old Silver Lake man has died after falling from a balcony at a suburban Milwaukee shopping center. The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office received notice of Dustin Strzelecki’s death Wednesday evening. According to North Shore Fire Department officials, Strzelecki fell about 20 feet from a second-story balcony early More >

Milwaukee police investigating bank robbery

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee police are searching for a suspect who robbed a bank on the city’s north side. Police say the robbery occurred late Wednesday afternoon at a U.S. Bank branch. They say a man entered the bank and handed a note to the teller demanding money. Police say the suspect fled on foot after he More >

Wisconsin man gets 40 years in killing, dismemberment

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in the fatal shooting and dismemberment of a Minnesota man. Twenty-eight-year-old Kou Thao pleaded no contest in September to second-degree intentional homicide in the April 2013 death of 58-year-old Tong Pao Hang, of St. Paul, Minnesota. Thao was sentenced Wednesday in More >

Senate schedules hearing on school accountability bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin state Senate committee has scheduled a public hearing on a school accountability bill that would not impose sanctions on failing public schools. The measure also would not assign letter grades to schools or allow for private schools in the taxpayer-funded voucher program to choose from multiple tests to measure student More >

Racine police investigating shots fired at transit center

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities are investigating an apparent shooting at the Street Transit Center in Racine. Police say they were called to the transit center at about noon Wednesday on a report of shots fired. Officers found one victim. Police haven’t released any details on the severity of that victim’s injuries. Police say it’s More >

Evers warns ‘divisive mandates’ are coming

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers says he fears “more divisive mandates” for public schools are on the way, and he is calling on the Legislature to “hit the pause button.” Evers made the comments Wednesday at the annual state education convention in Milwaukee, without elaborating on what he meant. His spokesman did More >

Wisconsin Republicans hope to increase speed limit to 70

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican lawmakers hope their bill aimed at increasing Wisconsin’s interstate speed limit to 70 mph will race its way through both chambers. Republican Rep. Paul Tittl, of Manitowoc, and Republican Sen. Devin LeMahieu, of Oostburg, said Wednesday that they anticipate newly elected senators will support raising the speed limit from its current More >

Walker to lead United Kingdom trade mission next month

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is headed to the United Kingdom for a trade mission next month. Walker on Wednesday announced that he would be leading the effort Feb. 9 through Feb. 13. Walker’s office says the mission will focus solely on attracting foreign investment to Wisconsin, especially those planning to expand in the More >

Purdue takes moment to remember student killed in classroom

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Students and faculty at Purdue University have paused to remember a student who was killed a year ago by a classmate. Wednesday’s vigil honoring Andrew Boldt included a moment of silence and coincided with the Purdue Bell Tower ringing 12 times. Purdue also remembered Boldt by posting a photo of the candlelight More >

Democrats say Republicans aren’t focused on what matters

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Senate Democrats say Republicans aren’t focusing on what matters most to people in the state, and that Gov. Scott Walker is distracted by a potential presidential run. Democrats on Wednesday unveiled their priorities, which include raising the minimum wage, making college more affordable and accepting federal money to pay for Medicaid. Many More >