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PURDUE SHOOTING

Man pleads guilty in fatal Purdue campus attack

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A court official says a man accused in the fatal shooting and stabbing of a fellow Purdue University student has pleaded guilty to murder.

Cody Cousins of Warsaw, Indiana, made the plea during a Tippecanoe County court hearing Thursday. He has been jailed since his arrest soon after the Jan. 21 attack that killed 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin, inside a Purdue classroom.

Cousins' defense attorney said in May that he would pursue an insanity defense. Tippecanoe Superior Court bailiff Brenda Rody says the judge will decide the issue of Cousins' mental state during a sentencing hearing set for Sept. 19.

Cousins and Boldt were both electrical engineering students at Purdue.

DAY CARE-ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

Madison day care investigated, keeps license

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Madison day care center says it will keep its license after the state investigated accusations of sexual abuse.

The state Department of Children and Families temporarily revoked the license of Red Caboose Day Care Center in July. In a recent email sent to parents, Red Caboose says it will reopen with new policies, procedures and training which will be monitored by state regulators.

WISC-TV reports the center says it will pay a $3,000 fine and will see its state child care rating drop from five stars to two stars.

PHEASANT VANDALISM

Vandals kill students' pheasants

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. (AP) - Richland High School says vandals killed 39 young pheasants that were part of a student project and freed dozens of others.

Maintenance workers also found a portable toilet had been tipped over at the athletic field and a piece of irrigation equipment was damaged.

WISC-TV reports the high school's agriculture teacher who was checking on the pheasants discovered a shed had been broken into Wednesday and found some dead birds. More dead birds were found in a second shed. About 70 pheasants escaped. The students raise the pheasant chicks from June to October and then release them into the wild.

SURPLUS MILITARY GEAR

Police given $28 million in surplus military gear

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Records show the Pentagon has given police agencies in Wisconsin more than $28 million in surplus military gear in the past decade, including assault rifles, grenade launchers and mine-resistant trucks.

Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs documents obtained by Gannett Wisconsin Media under the state's open records law show more than 67,000 military-grade items were given to 219 police agencies since 2004.

The police departments pay for maintenance and transportation of the gear, which is still owned by the federal government. The surplus military gear sharing program started in 1990, was broadened in 1997 and escalated after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

President Obama this week called for a clear separation between the military and police agencies following a forceful police response to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

TRAVEL SCAM

2 companies settle with Wisconsin in scam lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - 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 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.

The state says at least 87 people were scammed out of money and free trips totaling $343,000 through sales presentations and fliers.

Wisconsin requires companies that offer prizes to give them out up front. Two of the five men responsible for the promotion told investigators they didn't think people would stay for the presentation if they gave out prizes first.

WISCONSIN PRIMARY

Leibham deciding whether to seek primary recount

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - State Sen. Joe Leibham says he has not yet decided whether to request a recount in the close Republican primary for Wisconsin's lone open congressional seat.

Official results posted Wednesday show state Sen. Glenn Grothman with a 219-vote lead over Leibham in the four-way race.

The winner will face Democrat Mark Harris in the November election to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri in the Republican-leaning 6th Congressional District.

Leibham has three days to request a recount. He says in a statement that his team will review the official results and decide quickly how to move forward.

The board that oversees Wisconsin elections met with county clerks Thursday to plan for a recount if one is requested. There are no automatic recounts in Wisconsin.

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