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  • Dennis Brantner, Berit Beck

    Jury discharged, unable to reach verdict in case involving death of Berit Beck

    FOND DU LAC — The murder trial for a man accused of killing an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman in 1990 has ended with a hung jury — and no verdict. The suspect in this case, 62-year-old Dennis Brantner, remains in jail — and in limbo. Judge Gary Sharpe discharged the jury Wednesday, June 29th after it was unable to reach a verdict. No one is saying at this point whether Brantner will be tried again with a new jury. “Someone had asked if […]

  • Capitol protests

    Taxpayers will pay $75K in settlement after radio host arrested during protests at Capitol

    MADISON— State taxpayers will pay $75,000 in a settlement to a radio show host and his attorney after the host was arrested three years ago at the state Capitol. Attorney Jeff Scott Olson announced the settlement Tuesday, June 28th on the “Devil’s Advocate Radio Show” on 92.1 FM in Madison. The show’s co-host Philip Dominic Salvia was among those arrested in 2013 by Capitol police in an effort to end daily singalong protests dating back to 2011. Under the settlement, […]

  • GAB Government Accountability Board

    Last day for the GAB: Democrats promise to replace partisan boards if they can

    MADISON — Democratic legislative leaders are promising to do away with new partisan commissions overseeing Wisconsin elections and ethics laws if they gain majority control of the Legislature. Democratic lawmakers held a news conference Wednesday, June 29th to mark the final day of the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board. The Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker are replacing the board with two new commissions compromised of an equal number of Democratic and Republican appointees. Those new commissions officially begin operating Thursday, […]

  • Dennis Brantner, Berit Beck

    Jurors to resume deliberations in case involving death of Berit Beck after deadlock

    FOND DU LAC — There were signs Tuesday, June 28th of a hung jury in Fond du Lac County. Jurors on Tuesday resumed deliberations in trial of a man accused of killing an 18-year-old woman in 1990. Shortly before 2:00 p.m., FOX6’s Myra Sanchick reported from the Fond du Lac County Courthouse that the jury indicated they could not reach a verdict — and asked the judge for guidance. 62-year-old Dennis Brantner is charged with first-degree murder in the death of […]

  • Health Alert

    Cases of infectious disease shigella reported in Shawano

    SHAWANO — The Shawano-Menominee County Health Department is investigating an outbreak of an infectious disease called shigella. The disease carries flu-like symptoms and has been connected to several day care centers in Shawano and Hillcrest Primary School. Health officer Jaime Bodden says shigella is very contagious and those who become ill should stay home to avoid spreading it. The disease usually lasts five to seven days. Handwashing and other hygiene measures can stop its spread.

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    Istanbul airport attack: 36 dead, 147 injured, Turkish official says

    ISTANBUL — Gunshots, screams and explosions pierced the air Tuesday at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, as three terrorists armed with bombs and guns attacked passengers at one of the world’s busiest travel spots. Witnesses described deadly carnage and crowds in a panic as the attackers struck. At least 36 people were killed, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, in the terror attack, one for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Another 147 people were wounded, Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag […]

  • Tomah VA Medical Center

    Tomah VA psychiatric unit to reopen after closing due to lack of health providers

    TOMAH — The psychiatric unit at the troubled Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center is expected to open next week, about nine months after it closed. The VA was forced to close the unit in September because it didn’t have enough health providers to staff it. That meant 125 veterans had to be transferred to other facilities around the state. WXOW-TV (http://bit.ly/28ZMCae) reports clinic administrators have spent the last few months recruiting staff and have hired a psychiatrist and two nurses. That’s […]

  • Zika virus

    Monkey study at UW-Madison finds Zika infection lasts longer in pregnancy

    WASHINGTON  — Researchers infected pregnant monkeys with the Zika virus to learn how it harms developing fetuses — and in a highly unusual twist, the public can get a real-time peek at the findings. Among the first surprising results: While most people harbor Zika in their bloodstream for only a week or so after infection, the virus lingered in one pregnant monkey’s blood for 70 days and in another for 30 days. There’s also a bit of good news. Tests with non-pregnant […]

  • Wisconsin State Patrol

    Wisconsin State Patrol sending 45 officers to RNC convention

    CLEVELAND — Wisconsin will be sending 45 members of the State Patrol to Cleveland next month to help with security at the Republican National Convention. That is 11 percent of the State Patrol’s 409 sworn staff members. Wisconsin Department of Transportation spokeswoman Patty Mayers says those going to the convention are being diverted from lower priority assignments and on overtime. She says all of the costs will be funded by Ohio through a mutual aid agreement. A North Carolina police department […]

  • New information

    3 finalists named for Wisconsin Ethics Commission leader

    MADISON — Three finalists from a list of 23 applicants have been selected to be interviewed to become the first leader of Wisconsin’s new Ethics Commission. They are Timothy Samuelson, Laura Rose and Brian Bell. The commission was set to interview all three on Tuesday, June 28th. Samuelson is an assistant attorney general with the Wisconsin Department of Justice who heads the Medicaid fraud and elder abuse unit. Rose is a former deputy director of the Wisconsin Legislative Council, the nonpartisan […]

  • money

    Report: Wisconsin tax credit primarily benefits wealthy

    MADISON — A new report finds that a tax credit passed to benefit manufacturers and agricultural producers in Wisconsin is primarily helping millionaires. Wisconsin Department of Revenue data included in the report released Tuesday by the Wisconsin Budget Project shows that 78 percent of the tax credits last year went to people earning more than $1 million. Those millionaires represent the top 0.2 percent of all tax filers in the state. The Budget Project report shows that the rate of growth […]

  • U.S. Supreme Court

    Supreme Court denies Wisconsin abortion appeal

    MADISON — The Supreme Court has rejected a Wisconsin appeal seeking to reinstate restrictions on abortion clinics that were struck down by lower courts. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement that Tuesday’s decision “is not surprising” in the wake of Monday’s Supreme Court ruling striking down a similar Texas law. The Supreme Court ruled the regulations requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit a woman’s right to […]

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