MADISON - A federal appeals court has released more than 1,300 pages linked to a secret investigation into whether Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups.
One of the groups, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, had filed a lawsuit to block the probe. A federal judge halted the investigation in May.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing that decision. That court released 266 pages of documents in June revealing the nature of the investigation.
It had planned to release 34 more documents on Tuesday. Wisconsin Club for Growth, two unnamed parties and prosecutors filed a flurry of motions on Monday asking the court to keep all or some of the documents sealed.
The court ultimately released 1,343 pages on Friday.
Wisconsin senators weigh in on executive orders, goals of Sept. session
RHINELANDER - Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) took time during their August recess to hear from voters, industry leaders and other groups in the Northwoods this week.
Both addressed a number of issues they hope to pursue when they return to session in September.
One issue was the role of executive orders. President Obama plans on using his power of executive order to deal with immigration issues on the US-Mexico border. Congress couldn't pass a bill to address the issue.
The move would help deal with the flood of unaccompanied kids at the US border.
MINOCQUA - What you might consider junk, buried in the depths of a basement, is treasure for one Northwoods woman.
She took her hobby and turned it into a successful business in Minocqua.
"It was just a really good way for me to relax and I started painting and I find painting very therapeutic. When it's just me in the shop and a beautiful piece that I'm painting it's just, nothing makes me happier than that," said Violet Trunk owner Karen Didonato.
13-year-old caught driving drunk illegally caught driving again
MANITOWOC - A 13-year-old girl who was arrested for drunken driving in eastern Wisconsin last week has been arrested again.
The Manitowoc Police Department says she's the same girl who was caught driving while intoxicated Aug. 13. Five other juveniles, 14 and under, were along for the ride back then. She was released to her mother.
Now, the department says, the same 13-year-old was spotted driving late Thursday afternoon. She took off when a squad car activated its flashing lights and siren, with four other juveniles in the car.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - An Army paratrooper who was born in central Wisconsin has died while serving in Afghanistan.
Sgt. First Class Matthew Leggett served with the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Relatives in Wisconsin tell Daily Tribune Media (http://wrtnews.co/1oYbaUC ) that the 39-year-old Leggett was born in Wisconsin Rapids and still has extended family in the area.
MADISON - Two out-of-state companies have agreed to pay $50,000 to consumers and Wisconsin after the state sued them for scamming people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and airline tickets.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1BFttCd ) the state Department of Justice announced the settlement Wednesday. It had accused Texas-based Green Palm Vacations and Arizona-based Perfekt Marketing of promising people free airline tickets and gift cards that consumers often didn't receive.
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