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Wisconsin lawmakers hone in on campaign finance changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin lawmakers are hearing from experts as they look at rewriting state campaign finance laws in light of recent court rulings finding key parts unconstitutional. A joint Assembly and Senate committee hearing Tuesday was focusing on what changes to make to the law covering how much money can be raised by those More >

Wisconsin bill would OK off-duty police with guns in school

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A proposal that would allow off-duty and retired police officers to carry guns in schools is finding support in the Wisconsin Legislature. The measure cleared an Assembly committee earlier this month and the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on it for Tuesday. Current state law generally bans people from possessing guns More >

GOP proposal eliminates business equipment tax

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Opponents of a Republican proposal to eliminate the tax on business equipment say Wisconsin homeowners would see their property taxes increase to make up for the lost tax revenue. Proponents say the bill would spur business growth and help create jobs. The bill’s co-sponsor, Rep. Robert Kulp, says the equipment tax More >

Man gets over 17 years in killing of Milwaukee club promoter

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A 23-year-old man charged in the killing of a Milwaukee night club promoter has been sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison. State court records show Johnathan Sellers also was ordered to serve 12 and a half years of probation on Friday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1DLEIMI ) reports Sellers had More >

Wisconsin committee to hold hearing on GPS tracking bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A legislative committee is set to take public input on a bill that would outlaw using GPS to track someone without their consent. The Republican-authored measure would make placing a GPS device on another person’s vehicle without permission or collecting information from a GPS device placed without consent a misdemeanor punishable by More >

Police: Suspect in abduction, chase dies after shooting self

VILLAGE OF MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a 20-year-old man accused of abducting a woman from a southeastern Wisconsin hospital and fleeing from sheriff’s deputies in an exchange of gunfire has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mount Pleasant Police Chief Tim Zarzecki tells WISN-TV he was notified of the man’s death Monday night. Racine More >

Man working on pickup killed in Fond du Lac County

TOWN OF FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) – A 26-year-old Fond du Lac man has died after the pickup truck he was working on fell on him. The Fond du Lac County sheriff’s office was called around 11 a.m. Monday to the Town of Friendship on a report of a man pinned under a vehicle. Emergency crews found the More >

Bicyclist dies after crash with pickup in Sheboygan County

TOWN OF SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a bicyclist has died after colliding with a pickup truck in the Town of Sheboygan. The Sheboygan County sheriff’s office got a 911 call about the crash around 6:30 Monday. Authorities say a 64-year-old man was driving a pickup that collided with a 22-year-old bicyclist on the road. The bicyclist More >

Firing of Milwaukee police officer who shot man upheld

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A panel of police commissioners in Milwaukee has upheld the firing of a white officer who fatally shot a black man last year. The three-commissioner panel ruled Monday night that firing Christopher Manney was the proper punishment. The panel earlier found that Manney violated department protocol when he tried to search the man More >

Man wanted in Wisconsin abduction caught after shooting self

VILLAGE OF MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) – Police say a fugitive accused of abducting a woman from a southeastern Wisconsin hospital and fleeing in an exchange of gunfire has shot himself as officers closed in. Racine police said Monday they tracked the 20-year-old man to a home and found fresh footprints in the snow. When officers More >