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FDL COUNTY BOARD ALLOWS ALLIANCE TO PURSUE LARGE EXPANSION

The Fond du Lac County Board is signing-off on an agreement that will allow Alliance Laundry Systems to pursue a 58-million-dollar expansion of its facilities in Ripon. County Economic Development Corporation President Steve Jenkins says the company wants to build a new warehouse and improve its existing building. Rob Wallace of Alliance says help from city and county officials has been crucial, and they are also looking to the state. The deal amends a previous performance-based six-million-dollar loan to Alliance. The company would qualify for tax credits for each of the up to 202 new jobs it hopes to create.

WIDOW SUES CITY OF NEENAH; POLICE FOR KILLING HER HUSBAND

The widow of a man killed during a hostage standoff at a motorcycle shop has filed a $3.5 million claim against the city of Neenah and three police officers. Michael Funk was killed during the Dec. 5 standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles. His widow, Theresa Mason-Funk, filed her claim Thursday. Her attorney says the city has 120 days to decide if it will resolve the matter without litigation. The city says in a statement that it's reviewing the claim. Funk was shot as he left the motorcycle shop. Police say he was armed and didn't obey police commands to drop his weapon.

FATAL ACCIDENTS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

A tragic day on Washington County roadways as three people were killed in two separate traffic accidents Thursday. The first was a head-on crash involving a southbound semi-tractor trailer and northbound van on Interstate 41 near County Trunk K in the Town of Hartford .  The Washington County Sheriff’s Department says the van, driven by a 24 year old Ohskosh woman, crossed over the median and collided with the semi.The Oshkosh woman and a passenger, her 15 year old sister of Oshkosh , were pronounced dead at the scene.  The semi driver was not injured.  Investigators believe that the van was traveling too fast for the road conditions which had snow and scattered slippery spots. The second fatal crash was a two vehicle accident on County Highway K near Hall Road in the Town of Hartford .  The Sheriff’s Department says a southbound vehicle driven by a 23 year old Menomonee Falls man was negotiating a curve in the roadway, when the operator lost control, crossed the center line sliding sideways into the northbound lane, where his vehicle was ‘T-boned’ by a vehicle driven by a 71 year old Hartford woman. The Menomonee Falls man was killed.  The Hartford woman suffered minor injuries.  Weather and snowy road conditions appear to be contributing factors in the crash Both accidents remain under investigation.

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GOP 2016-TRUMP-WISCONSIN

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — MSNBC has announced that it will host a town hall with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday in Green Bay. MSNBC says Trump will take questions from Chris Matthews and voters during the event, which will be broadcast live. The Green Bay Press Gazette Media reports Trump is also scheduled to appear at a Janseville rally on Tuesday afternoon and at a CNN town hall in Milwaukee that evening. Trump will be the second Republican presidential candidate to visit the Green Bay area before the April 5 Wisconsin primary. Sen. Ted Cruz visited the area Friday.

 

SUPREME COURT-KLOPPENBURG

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The first time JoAnne Kloppenburg ran for Wisconsin Supreme Court, much of the focus was on Gov. Scott Walker as the race came in the middle of protests against his union-busting law. Five years later, the spotlight is once again on someone else — opponent Rebecca Bradley and her college writings that slammed gays, feminists and abortion rights. Kloppenburg, a 62-year-old appeals court judge, has been largely defined in both races by attack ads coming from conservative groups supporting her rivals. Her strategy this time has been to emphasize Bradley's ties to Walker, but her success April 5 may depend on whether she's done enough to define herself, received enough support from liberal groups and capitalized enough on Bradley's troubles.

 

DELIVERY DRIVER KILLED

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Police in Racine are asking for the public's help after a restaurant delivery driver was apparently shot and killed while he was making a delivery in the area. Authorities say they got a call at about 11:30 p.m. Friday about multiple shots fired on the 3900 block of Green Street. Officers searched the neighborhood and a male victim with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name and age were not immediately released. In a statement released Saturday, police say no arrests have been made. They are asking anyone with information to come forward.

 

HERO DOG

HARTLAND, Wis. (AP) — A dog that a suburban Milwaukee family credits for alerting one of its members about carbon monoxide has been honored by a dog treats maker. The Journal Sentinel reports Nicole Siekert of Hartland felt lethargic Feb. 11 and decided to lie down after her young daughters went to school. The family's dog Abby kept sticking her muzzle under Siekert's chin as she tried to drift off. Assuming Abby wanted to go out, Siekert got up and walked to the door, but Abby went downstairs, where a carbon monoxide detector was going off in the basement.

 

SHOOTING-STEVENS POINT

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — Police say a man has died about a week after he was shot just blocks from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. In a statement Saturday, the Stevens Point Police Department says 21-year-old Deonta Lezine of Stevens Point died on Friday night. An autopsy will be conducted next week to determine an official cause and manner of death. Police say there have been no arrests and the search for a suspect continues. Police said earlier that Lezine was shot on March 17 after a fight over a suspected drug deal. Lezine was found at the university's Berg Gym with substantial injuries.

 

SUNY COLLEGES-PRESIDENTS

DELHI, N.Y. (AP) — Two State University of New York colleges are getting new presidents, including a former mayor of an upstate city who has been chosen to lead a Long Island school. SUNY officials announced this week that Michael Laliberte (la-lih-ber-TAY'), vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was named president of SUNY Delhi (DEHL'-hye) in Delaware County. Laliberte has also worked in the administrations at colleges in Massachusetts and Idaho. He will become Delhi's 10th president on July 21. SUNY also announced that John Nader was appointed president of Farmingdale State College in Nassau County.

 

YOUTH PRISON INVESTIGATION

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's former prisons secretary asked Gov. Scott Walker's top aide to pressure the Department of Justice into giving him his old job back after he was demoted. Ed Wall resigned as Corrections secretary on Feb. 5 amid an investigation into abuse at the state's youth prison. As per state law, he got his old job as administrator of DOJ's criminal investigations section back on Feb. 15. DOJ officials placed him on leave pending the prison investigation's outcome. Documents The Associated Press obtained through an open records request show DOJ officials demoted Wall March 1 to deputy secretary of the Law Enforcement Services Division.