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Madison — Republicans who control the Legislature's finance committee have rejected Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to create a new office to ensure the government continues following a disaster.

A beautiful day in Milwaukee is highly likely Thursday, with sunshine and a high temperature near 77 degrees expected, according to the National Weather Service in Sullivan.

A 47-year-old man was flown by Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa on Wednesday after he was injured in a lawn tractor accident in Mequon, police said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in Wisconsin and several other states.

A man charged Wednesday in the drunken driving deaths of two women told police he thought he “was only buzzed,” when he slammed into their vehicle at about 80 mph on Milwaukee’s north side.

Madison — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson has appealed a federal court ruling temporarily denying her attempt to remain as chief justice.

The key leads in the arrest of the Chinese owner of a large-scale synthetic drug operation came from a convicted Wisconsin dealer, court records show.

UW-La Crosse failed to force a deciding Game 3 in the Division III World Series on Wednesday, giving up a 2-1 lead in the ninth as SUNY-Cortland scored five runs in the inning and claimed the title.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Jeffrey Lewke with nine counts of crop insurance fraud from a farming operation that had as many as 12,000 acres in Wisconsin in 2011 and 2012.

Without seasonal adjustments, all 12 of the major metro areas in Wisconsin showed an improvement, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Elizabeth Hlavacka, a La Crosse eighth-grader with an idea for an eco-friendly lunch container, has won the top prize in the WisconsinYES! youth business plan contest.

The hearing on the legislation Tuesday will be at a joint meeting of Senate and Assembly committees, allowing the bill to move more quickly toward floor passage.

Head count will increase by 40% and the engineering and electrical contractor will add positions at each of its 14 locations. Many of the new positions are skilled trades.



An 18-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with having sexual intercourse with a Wauwatosa teen in December. After he was arrested, officials found nearly 400 images of child pornography on his phone, involving children appearing to be as young as 2 years old, according to a criminal complaint.

A $40 million new natural gas power plant to be built by Johnson Controls Inc. at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland is expected to save the U.S. Army $113 million over 19 years.

Madison -- Gov. Scott Walker touted his pro-life accomplishments Tuesday, including a law he signed that requires those seeking an abortion to see ultrasound pictures of the fetus -- technology that he said is "just a cool thing out there."

Ricky M. Sanders, 23, was fatally shot about 2 a.m. Tuesday in the 2400 block of W. Fond du Lac Ave.

SpringHill Suites will be the brand of the new hotel being developed near downtown Milwaukee's Wisconsin Center convention facility.

A car ran off I-43 in Greenfield and ended up in a pond Wednesday, forcing the closure of the right northbound lane at S. 116th St. in Hales Corners.