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TWO DEAD-DEPUTY ARRESTED
Former deputy charged in double homicide
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy with killing his wife and sister-in-law last week.
Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne filed two charges of first-degree intentional homicide against Andrew Steele on Friday. Steele would face mandatory life in prison if convicted. A court commissioner set bail at $1 million.
Steele's attorney said her client respects the criminal justice system and will work within it to see the case to its conclusion.
Detectives believe Steele killed his wife, Ashlee Steele, and his sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, in the Steeles' home in Fitchburg, a Madison suburb, on Aug. 22.
Steele resigned from the Dane County Sheriff's Department in June after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Wisconsin private-sector jobs grew 1.3 percent
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Private-sector jobs grew just 1.3 percent in Wisconsin during the 12-month period ending in March.
Gov. Scott Walker's administration released the preliminary figures late Thursday. They will be officially released on Sept. 18 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, along with figures from other states showing how well Wisconsin compares to its neighbors.
The numbers from the state Department of Workforce Development show Wisconsin added 28,653 jobs from March 2013 to March 2014.
In the last comparative report covering the 2013 calendar year from BLS, Wisconsin's job growth was 1.2 percent ranking it 37th nationwide. That ranking is unlikely to improve based on the latest figures.
The national job growth rate in 2013 was 2.1 percent.
WISCONSIN PRIMARY-SENATE DISTRICT 17
Recount flips results in Wisconsin Senate primary
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A recount that did not include 110 missing ballots has flipped the results in a Democratic primary for a state Senate seat.
The candidates told the Wisconsin State Journal that the recount ended Thursday with Spring Green attorney Pat Bomhack ahead of Ernie Wittwer by 33 votes. Wittwer is a former state Department of Transportation budget director.
Election results posted last week showed Wittwer ahead by seven votes in southwestern Wisconsin's Senate District 17.
The Government Accountability Board has yet to post the recount results, but the candidates say the recount in the last outstanding county ended Thursday evening with Bomhack ahead.
They say the ballots that disappeared in Monroe didn't determine the winner. If Monroe had used its election night results, Bomhack would still have won.
Walker says budget will improve
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he will deal with a drop in tax collections by controlling expenses and by doing things to help the overall economy improve.
Walker was asked about tax collections coming in 2 percent less than estimates on Friday during an interview on WTMJ-AM.
Walker says he and Republicans who control the Legislature have been effective in keeping expenditures down, so that will be one approach during dealing with the shortfall. The budget is in balance this year, but based on current estimates it will now be $115 million in the red next year.
Walker says he expects the economy will continue to grow next year, which will also help the state's budget.
Democrats seized on the bad tax collection report, saying it shows Walker's policies are failing.
WISCONSIN GOVERNOR'S RACE
Walker says GOP complacency a big concern
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says complacency and fatigue among Republican voters is one of his biggest concerns as he faces re-election in less than 10 weeks.
Walker addressed his concerns Friday on WTMJ-AM when asked about a poll released on Wednesday indicating that Democrats were more enthused about the upcoming election that Republicans. Walker calls that "one of my biggest concerns."
The Marquette University Law School poll showed the race between Walker and Democrat Mary Burke to be a dead heat, both among registered and likely voters.
Walker says there is Republican voter fatigue after the 2010 election and two series of recalls in both 2011 and 2012.
Walker says in the coming weeks he will be announcing details about what he calls an aggressive agenda should he be re-elected.
VEHICLE SURFING ACCIDENT
Man critically injured in fall from moving vehicle
NORWALK, Wis. (AP) - A man who fell from the roof of a moving vehicle in a Monroe County field has suffered critical head injuries.
Sheriff's deputies say 22-year-old Joseph Miller climbed through the sun roof and was riding on top of the vehicle shortly after midnight Friday in a field on private property near Norwalk. He fell off the vehicle when the driver put it in reverse and struck his head on a rock.
The driver took Miller to Franciscan Skemp in Sparta. Miller transferred to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse with life threatening injuries. Sheriff's officials say he's currently in critical condition.
Man ordered to pay back victim in child porn case
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A judge says a Wisconsin man convicted in a child pornography case in North Dakota must pay $3,250 to one of the victims.
U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says it's the first time restitution has been ordered in a federal child pornography case in North Dakota. He says it's the result of a new guidelines stemming from a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Fifty-eight-year-old Robert Evans, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, was found guilty in October 2013 on 14 counts of possession of child pornography. He was sentenced earlier this year to 10 years in prison.
The victim submitted a claim for losses after Evans was convicted.
The Supreme Court ruling in April held that possessors of child pornography may be held liable for a victim's losses caused by trade of images.
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