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Man who abducted girl, killed her parents to be sentenced

May. 24, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin man who admitted kidnapping a 13-year-old girl after killing her parents is due to be sentenced. Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson is facing life in prison when he's sentenced Friday in Barron County Circuit Court for kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents, James...

Bucks on brink of elimination after tweaking starting lineup

May. 24, 2019 2:40 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mired in their worst skid of the season at the worst possible time, the Milwaukee Bucks need an answer in the Eastern Conference finals. A lineup change didn't provide one, so the Bucks have to come up with something else in Toronto. The Bucks returned to the starting five they used most...

Leonard scores 35, Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 for 3-2 lead

May. 24, 2019 1:28 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kawhi Leonard arrived in Toronto thinking he could pick up another championship to go with the one he already has. One more victory and he'll play for another ring. And dominant performances like he put up Thursday night are a big reason why. Leonard scored 35 points and the Raptors beat...

Teacher charged in California sex assault fired in Wisconsin

May. 23, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A California high school teacher charged with sexually assaulting a girl starting when she was 16 was previously deemed "dangerous for the children in his custody" by a Wisconsin school district, a news report said Thursday. Hector Vazquez, a Spanish teacher at Westmoor High...

5 indicted in Wisconsin accused of forced immigrant labor

May. 23, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors indicted five people accused of forcing 14 Mexican immigrants to work in farms in Wisconsin, where they "were victims of a severe form of human trafficking." Prosecutors said in a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday that the workers had their documents seized to...

Wisconsin lawmakers take aim at potentially toxic chemicals

May. 23, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some Wisconsin legislators are pushing to curtail the use of firefighting foams that contain potentially toxic chemicals and establish standards that limit how much of the substances can safely exist in the state's groundwater, air and soil. Firefighting foam can contain...

Dane County Judge Karofsky enters Supreme Court race

May. 23, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky has officially entered the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court next year. Karofsky on Thursday announced her candidacy, after she said in April that she had planned to get into the race. Karofsky is running for the seat currently held by...

Budget panel approves $500M more for Wisconsin schools

May. 23, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's K-12 schools would receive $500 million over the next two years, including nearly $100 million more for special education, under a Republican funding plan approved Thursday by the Legislature's budget committee. The deal puts the Republican-controlled Legislature at odds...

The Latest: Committee approves $500 million more for schools

May. 23, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin budget (all times local): 2:27 p.m. The Republican-controlled Legislature's budget committee has approved increasing funding for Wisconsin's K-12 schools by $500 million over two years. Democrats and Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday that is not enough. Evers...

Lawmaker accused of showing gun in Wisconsin Capitol office

May. 23, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker allegedly displayed his holstered gun in a Democratic legislator's Wisconsin Capitol office earlier this year. Democratic Rep. Sheila Stubbs' aide, Savion Castro, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Republican Rep. Shae Sortwell came into Stubbs' Capitol...