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Judge rules 2 Wisconsin girls competent to stand trial in Slender Man stabbing
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fantasy character Slender Man are fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday....

ACLU drops moot lawsuit seeking to recognize same-sex marriages in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Attorneys who filed a lawsuit seeking legal recognition of hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June in Wisconsin have dropped their lawsuit after the state said the marriages would be recognized....

Director of state group that advocates for religious schools named UW-Madison lobbyist
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The director of a group that advocates for religious and private schools was named Thursday as the new lobbyist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison at a salary 14 percent higher than his predecessor's....

Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth, trails national average
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth and lags behind the national average for the 12-month period that ended in June, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics....

US government giving $3.1 million for projects targeting harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allocating $3.1 million from a Great Lakes cleanup fund for efforts to reduce harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie that hit water supplies in Michigan and Ohio....

911 phone service down in multiple counties
MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say 911 emergency phone service is down in at least four Wisconsin counties....

Wisconsin on track for fewest amount of annual traffic fatalities in more than 7 decades
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin is on track to record the lowest number of traffic fatalities statewide since 1943, transportation officials said....

Former Waupun police officer who led authorities on chase gets probation
BARRON, Wis. (AP) -- The former Waupun police officer charged in a multi-county crime spree has been given probation in one of the counties....

Army places $67 million order for tactical vehicles to Oshkosh Corp.
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Oshkosh Corp. says it has another order from the U.S. Army to make tactical vehicles and trailers....

Walker says National Guard prepared to respond to any unrest over park shooting
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond to any unrest that might occur following an announcement on whether to charge a police officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton in a Milwaukee park....

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