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Man accused of killing wife takes witness stand

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) – The Lincoln County man on trial for killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp denies having anything to do with her disappearance or death. Fifty-year-old Mark Bucki took the stand in his own defense Tuesday. Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/1t5iPjJ ) reports Bucki testified he and Anita Bucki mutually More >

Coast Guard officer accused of assault in Wis.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A U.S. Coast Guard officer is accused of having abusive sexual contact with a colleague while he was stationed in Milwaukee last November. The Coast Guard said in a news release Tuesday the officer was assigned to the Lake Michigan facility in Milwaukee. The release doesn’t describe the alleged contact but says the More >

Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

DANE, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he deserves a second term because he turned Wisconsin around by cutting taxes, making sure everyone in poverty has access to health insurance and improved the economy leading to the creation of 100,000 new jobs. Walker is making his re-election pitch at a series of rallies across the More >

Heating moratorium coming to an end

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state’s moratorium on disconnecting utility customers who are behind on their bills is ending. The law prohibits utilities from shutting off a customer’s heat between Nov. 1 and April 15. We Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schultz says the harsh winter hasn’t resulted in more people facing disconnection, but amount of overdue bills More >

Walker to kick off re-election campaign

DANE, Wis. (AP) – Republican Gov. Scott Walker is officially launching his re-election campaign with a series of rallies across Wisconsin. Walker was to be joined at the events Tuesday by his running mate Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Walker was starting the day in Dane, small town north of Madison, before heading to La Crosse, Chippewa More >

Man accused of killing wife expected to testify

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) – The Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp is expected to take the stand in his defense. Mark Bucki’s attorneys say they expect to call the 50-year-old defendant to the stand early Tuesday. Bucki has denied killing his wife, 48-year-old Anita Bucki, following More >

More than 30 vehicles pile up on icy highway

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) – More than 30 vehicles piled up on an icy highway in Milwaukee County. Two trucks, two buses and other vehicles were involved in the crash on Highway 45 in Wauwatosa about 10:30 p.m. Monday. The sheriff’s department says only one person was injured. A return to freezing temperatures made the roads More >

Utility to start aerial power line inspections

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – Northwestern Wisconsin residents might soon notice a helicopter cruising over their neighborhoods. Xcel Energy plans to start a six-day aerial inspection its transmission lines on April 21. Helicopter crews will look for defects, loose fittings and other potential problems that could cause outages. The patrols will take place during the day. More >

FBI director to meet with reporters in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The head of the FBI is scheduled to meet with reporters in Milwaukee, as part of his effort to visit all of the agency’s 56 field offices. FBI Director James Comey was in Chicago on Monday. There he talked about his agency’s efforts to reduce street crime. His discussion in Milwaukee on More >

Project Veritas vows more oversight on politicians

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The videographer behind the video that led to Sen. Mike Ellis bowing out of state politics after 43 years says politicians should get used to being watched. A recording showed Ellis talking about setting up a political action committee, which would be illegal. Ellis resigned two days after the video was released. Political More >