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  • AMES, IA - JULY 18: Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. According to the organizers, the purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the next Secretary of Education, testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. DeVos is known for her advocacy of school choice and education voucher programs and is a long-time leader of the Republican Party in Michigan. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Governor Scott Walker sends letter in support of DeVos for education head

    MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has sent a letter of support for Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary. Walker’s letter sent Monday to the leaders of the Senate committee that held her confirmation hearing Tuesday. DeVos is a billionaire and leading advocate of the school choice movement. Liberal think tank the Center for American Progress says Walker has received $342,000 from DeVos and her family since 2010. Walker says in the letter that he strongly supports her confirmation and that […]

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    Bronson Koenig leads No. 17 Wisconsin past Michigan, 68-64

    MADISON — Bronson Koenig scored 16 points, 10 in a key run that turned the game around, and No. 17 Wisconsin survived a scare from Michigan 68-64 on Tuesday night, January 17th. Michigan (12-7, 2-4 Big Ten) seemed to have Wisconsin (15-3, 4-1) on the ropes at one point in the second half. Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ went to the bench with his third foul early and could largely only watch as the Wolverines went on a 17-2 run that put […]

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    North Texas police detective killed, suspect barricaded

    LITTLE ELM, Texas — A police detective has died after being shot while answering a report of an armed man outside a house in a suburban Dallas neighborhood. Little Elm Police Chief Rodney Harrison says Detective Jerry Walker died Tuesday night, January 17th at a Denton hospital hours after the shooting. Meanwhile, a standoff continued at a house with an armed man suspected of firing the fatal shot. Authorities say the episode began about 3 p.m. Tuesday with the report of […]

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    UW-Milwaukee Panthers fall to Illinois-Chicago, 71-57

    CHICAGO — Tai Odiase scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and swatted away six shots as Illinois-Chicago defeated Milwaukee 71-57 on Tuesday night, January 17th — leading from start to finish. Odiase pulled down an offensive rebound and went back up for a lay-in to start the scoring with less than a minute gone, and later dunked after grabbing another offensive board. He blocked back-to-back layup tries by Milwaukee’s Brock Stull to prevent the Panthers from getting closer than three. Stull, […]

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    Icy roads blamed for massive pileup involving 30 to 40 vehicles southwest of Madison

    MILWAUKEE  — Authorities are blaming icy roads for a massive pileup southwest of Madison. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office says an estimated 30 to 40 vehicles were involved in the pileup on Highway G in the Town of Primrose. The calls stated coming into the county’s 911 center around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday when drivers found themselves unable to navigate an icy hill and curve. Vehicles were striking the guard rail, and many ended up in a cornfield. As the morning traffic increased, […]

  • Search for missing plane in Lake Erie

    Search of Ohio lake for human remains from plane crash ends; UW student was 1 of 6 on board

    CLEVELAND — Officials say DNA profiles have been developed for three of the six people aboard a plane that crashed into Lake Erie off Cleveland and the search for human remains and plane debris has ended. Burke Lakefront Airport Commissioner Khalid Bahhur said Tuesday, January 17th the decision to end the search was difficult but the lake’s water conditions make it unlikely further remains can be found. Divers recovered two large pieces of debris but no human remains Tuesday. Bahhur says […]

  • WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) participates in a discussion during SiriusXM's The Agenda, hosted by Ari Rabin-Havt with guests Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) at SiriusXM Studio on April 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

    Senator Baldwin, Rep. Kind both attending inauguration while Rep. Pocan will skip

    MADISON — Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Ron Kind say they plan to attend President-elect Trump’s inauguration this week. That makes Rep. Mark Pocan the only Democratic member of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation who says he plans to skip the Friday, January 20th event. Rep. Gwen Moore has not responded to questions about her plans for the swearing-in ceremony in Washington. Gov. Scott Walker will also go to President-elect Trump’s inauguration, the first he’s attended as governor. Walker previously attended George […]

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    Wisconsin Democrats propose legalizing medical marijuana

    MADISON —  Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are circulating a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The proposal by state Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor comes after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would be open to the idea. Republicans have typically been against any attempts to legalize marijuana. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he is against medical marijuana. And Gov. Scott Walker also says he opposes it. But Erpenbach and Taylor are looking for co-sponsors […]

  • Abortion

    New report: Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974

    NEW YORK — Even as the election outcome intensifies America’s abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights. It is the only entity which strives to count all abortions in the U.S.; the latest federal survey by the Centers […]

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    Oklahoma City firefighters rescue cow stuck in swimming pool

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Think it’s hard for firefighters to rescue a cat in a tree? Try a cow in a swimming pool. Firefighters in Oklahoma City were summoned Sunday morning after a homeowner reported hearing some sort of “snorting” coming from his swimming pool area. Emergency responders arrived and discovered a hole in the swimming pool’s liner and a cow trapped in the water. Oklahoma City Fire Department Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson says firefighters used their pumps to remove about […]

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    Green Bay police warn of phone scammers who claim they’re holding loved one for ransom

    GREEN BAY — Green Bay police say local residents are being targeted by phone scammers who claim they’re holding a loved one for ransom. Police say they’ve been contacted by at least four residents in recent days who say they’ve been called by scammers trying to get money. In one case, police say the caller told the person who answered the phone that they were holding his or her daughter and needed money if they wanted to see her again. […]

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    Man killed after following through with threat to explode bomb in his Rice Lake apartment

    RICE LAKE — Police say a man in a small northwestern Wisconsin community was killed after he followed through on his threat to explode a bomb in his apartment building. Rice Lake police say 12 to 14 residents were evacuated before the explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed the one-story building Sunday night, January 15th. Police Capt. Tracy Hom says one of the officers who responded was hit in the eye by flying glass and was treated on scene. PHOTO […]