Walker pushes back against Burke in first ad
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker is releasing his first television ad in the governor's race, pushing back against Democratic challenger Mary Burke's message that unemployment has gone up under his watch.
The Republican incumbent launched his first ad on Friday, the same day that Burke was running her initial spot.
Walker's ad takes aim at Burke's claim that unemployment has gone up under Walker.
Unemployment was 7.8 percent when Walker took office. It is 6.3 percent now.
However, unemployment never went higher than 4.8 percent when Burke was Wisconsin's commerce secretary between 2005 and 2007.
Burke campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki says the fact that unemployment was lower when Burke was commerce secretary than now is inconvenient for Walker.
Elections bills moving forward in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Several Republican-led elections bills are moving through the Legislature as it moves into the final two weeks before the end of the session.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports Friday that eight of the 15 election-related bills have Democratic support. But a spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the fate of four other elections-related bills is unknown.
One proposal would limit in-person absentee voting to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays in the two weeks before an election. Another would create buffer zones for election observers.
Issue advocacy groups would be exempt from disclosing campaign finances under a third bill, but it faces Republican opposition in the Senate, making it unlikely to pass.
Thousands of public retirees returned to work
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team is reporting that thousands of public sector retirees returned to work for a public employer last year while drawing pensions from their old jobs.
The team reported Thursday state Department of Employee Trust Funds data show 3,025 Wisconsin Retirement System retirees returned to work in 2013.
The state began tracking retiree rehires after provisions in the current state budget required WRS retirees who go back to work for a public employer to stop collecting a pension and resume paying into the system if the job is two-thirds time or more.
A DETF spokesman said no retirees halted their pension to return to work full-time from July 2013, when the new law took effect, and Jan. 31 of this year.
ANCHOR BANK-WRONG STATEMENTS
Anchor Bank sends wrong mortgage statements
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Anchor Bank is offering an apology to nearly 200 customers who were sent the wrong mortgage statements.
Janesville railroad engineer Joe Martin says he received a March statement that should have been sent to a Madison couple. Martin tells WISC-TV that he's concerned his statement ended up in the wrong hands.
Anchor Bank spokeswoman Jennifer Ranville blames a mailroom malfunction. The statements included loan information, but did not include checking, saving or Social Security numbers.
The Madison bank is offering one year of fraud protection to those affected.
Noted psychiatrist may testify in Purdue shooting
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Defense attorneys for a Purdue University engineering student accused of killing another student on campus may call a psychiatrist who has testified in high-profile cases like those of a woman who drowned her five children in a bathtub and the man who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart.
Dr. Phillip Resnick's name appears on a defense witness list entered into court documents this week by attorneys for Cody Cousins. The 23-year-old Cousins has been charged with murder in the January killing of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis.
Resnick testified in 2012 at the trial of a teenager convicted of killing three students in a shooting at a school near Cleveland, Ohio. He's also testified in the trials of defendants such as Andrea Yates, Brian Mitchell and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED
Murder suspect arrested in Racine
RACINE, Wis. (AP) - Racine police say they've arrested a suspect in a Chicago-area murder.
Authorities say the 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday on an Illinois warrant after officers pulled him over in Racine.
The suspect is wanted for fatally shooting 20-year-old Kenneth Groves during a house party in Kankakee last November. A second person was shot, but suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Arrest warrant details rape claim against Sharper
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans arrest warrant says detectives learned from witnesses that former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper and an associate acknowledged they had nonconsensual sex with two women.
The warrant was released by New Orleans police on Thursday in an investigation of Sharper and associate Erik Nunez.
The warrant does not elaborate on the allegations by witnesses.
Sharper remains in a Los Angeles jail after pleading not guilty to rape and drug charges in California. His attorneys were set to argue for his release Friday afternoon.
Louisiana prosecutors have not yet formally charged Sharper.
Nunez has been arrested in New Orleans, where a judge on Friday set bail for at $400,000. His lawyer Herbert Larson there is no evidence against his client.
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