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Wisconsin man gets 9.5 years for drunk drivingSubmitted: 07/28/2014
MILWAUKEE - A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for leading police on a drunken driving chase that ended in a near-fatal crash.

The Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1nSZKzi ) 41-year-old Kevin Hutchins Jr. of Milwaukee reached speeds of 100 mph during a seven-mile police chase. Deputy Scott Griffin was critically injured when Hutchins' vehicle bounced off of a barricade and smashed into his squad car.

The incident was Hutchins' third drunken driving offense. He pleaded guilty last month to charges of recklessly endangering safety, fleeing and eluding, and operating while intoxicated causing injury, second or subsequent offense.

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Wisconsin schools get money for energy efficiencySubmitted: 07/28/2014

APPLETON - More Wisconsin school districts have begun to take advantage of a change in state law allowing them to borrow money to help fund energy efficient projects.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reports (http://post.cr/1plXwIE ) 55 districts raised more than $23 million without having to ask voters to approve a referendum. The amount raised has nearly tripled since the previous year.

The two-year-old law allows schools to borrow money for energy conservation projects over multiple years in a way that diffuses costs to taxpayers.

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AirVenture gets underway this week in OshkoshSubmitted: 07/28/2014

OSHKOSH - Aviation enthusiasts from as many as 70 countries will gather in Oshkosh this week for the annual Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture.

The convention draws about a half million people to the weeklong event near Wittman Regional Airport.

Thousands of planes have already landed at the airport.

On Monday, NASA representatives will talk about their plan to take people to Mars starting in 2030.

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Trial date set for former Assembly Majority LeaderSubmitted: 07/28/2014

WAUKESHA - The former majority leader of the Wisconsin Assembly will go on trial in October for sexual assault.

State Representative Bill Kramer is accused of shoving a woman into a car, groping her and making inappropriate comments.

The charges date back to a GOP event in April 2011.

During a hearing Friday, a Waukesha County Circuit Judge set a jury trial for October 28th.

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4-year-old injured in Milwaukee gunfire exchangeSubmitted: 07/27/2014

MILWAUKEE - A 4-year-girl Milwaukee girl has been injured in an exchange of gunfire, but police say she was fortunate to escape with only a graze.

Police say it happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday as the girl was sitting on a porch with relatives. Police say they weren't the intended victims.

The girl was grazed by either a bullet fragment or pieces of a concrete pillar that was hit by a bullet.

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Michigan's Fall turkey hunt application deadline approachingSubmitted: 07/27/2014

LANSING, MI - The deadline is approaching for fall turkey hunting applications in Michigan.

The state Department of Natural Resources says applications are on sale until Friday for the fall season which runs Sept. 15 to Nov. 14.

Officials say 5,150 general licenses and 46,700 private land licenses are available. The application fee is $5.

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Activist brings AK-47 to first lady's eventSubmitted: 07/26/2014

SHEBOYGAN - A gun rights activist showed up at First Lady Tonette Walker's visit to Sheboygan with an AK-47 strapped to his back to make a point that it's legal to openly carry a licensed firearm in Wisconsin.

Bill Polster also toted a Glock and Ruger pistol.

Police Sgt. David Anderson says no extra security measures were taken.

Chamber Executive Director Betsy Alles says at first people were concerned, but then realized Polster was civil.

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Man dies after shot in car in MilwaukeeSubmitted: 07/26/2014

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police say two men were shot while they were sitting inside a car on Lisbon Avenue and the car then crashed into a building.

A 20-year-old Milwaukee man died and a 32-year-old Milwaukee man was hospitalized with severe injuries.

Police say the men were shot late Friday by a known subject, who was arrested a short distance away.

Authorities are investigating.

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