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The Latest: Chief: Must be more to shooting charge decision

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee’s police chief says it still appears to him that an officer who was charged with reckless homicide for shooting an unarmed black man was justified and there must be more evidence that prosecutors haven’t released.

District Attorney John Chisholm charged Dominique Heaggan-Brown on Thursday in Sylville Smith’s August death. According to a criminal complaint, Smith fled during a traffic stop with a gun in his hand. Heaggan-Brown shot Smith in the arm and Smith either threw the gun over a fence or the weapon flew out of his hand. Regardless, he was unarmed when Heaggan-Brown shot him in the chest, killing him. Both shots were fired in less than two seconds.

Chief Ed Flynn told reporters it takes time for the brain to tell the finger to stop pulling the trigger. He says he assumes there’s more evidence that hasn’t been released.


Walker says he has ‘great interest in continuing to serve’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he has “great interest in continuing to serve,” but he won’t make an announcement about whether he’s seeking a third term in 2018 until the middle of next year.

Walker said Thursday that he won’t make any announcement until after the Legislature passes the next two-year state budget. That typically happens around July.

Walker in 2015 also delayed an official announcement on whether he was running for president until after he signed the budget. But he had been effectively running without officially declaring for months.

Walker noted Thursday that he was holding a fundraiser on Thursday night and “I’ll be having more next year.”

Walker says a Donald Trump presidency “inspires a whole new opportunity” for greater reforms.


Wisconsin grand jury likely to investigate John Doe leak

(Information from: Wisconsin State Journal,

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says the state Department of Justice will likely convene a grand jury to investigate a leak of evidence collected during a secret investigation into whether Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign circumvented state campaign finance law.

Schimel tells the Wisconsin State Journal the leak investigation would be best suited to the protected environment of a closed courtroom.

The grand jury would investigate a leak to the Guardian US, which published hundreds of documents from a John Doe investigation into how Walker raised millions of dollars for a supposedly independent group to help win his 2011 and 2012 recalls.

The grand jury plan comes after the Wisconsin Supreme Court last month rejected Schimel’s request to appoint a court official known as a “special master” to investigate.



Wisconsin governor cites nuclear war song in economy speech

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he knows a 1980s rock song he quoted to make a point about Wisconsin’s economy is about nuclear war.

Walker on Thursday quoted the Timbuk3 song, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades,” while speaking at an economic development summit. Walker even briefly donned a pair of dark sunglasses to make his point.

He quoted the 1986 song’s lyrics at both the beginning and end of his speech, and again when speaking with reporters afterward. When asked if he knew the song was about a pending nuclear war, Walker says “that’s why I didn’t quote the whole song. Having been from the 1980s, I actually know the words.”

The band Timbuk3 was formed in Wisconsin.


Residency program planned for Medical College of Wisconsin

(Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The private Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Health are starting a family medicine residency program at Froedtert Community Memorial Hospital, in an effort to help relieve the shortage of physicians in the specialty.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the shortage is most severe in the state’s rural areas but also can been seen in southeastern Wisconsin.

The program is scheduled to start this summer. Eventually, it’ll have a total of 18 physicians completing their training.

According to Merritt Hawkins, a job placement service for physicians, family-medicine has been the most in-demand medical specialty for the last decade.

Ken Simons, senior associate dean for graduate medical education and accreditation at the Medical College, says physicians who complete residency in Wisconsin have a more than 70% chance of staying in the region to practice medicine.



Wisconsin unemployment rate holds steady at 4.1 percent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is holding steady.

Data the state Department of Workforce Development released Thursday shows the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in November, unchanged from October. That’s the lowest unemployment rate since February 2001.

The national unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, down from 4.9 percent in October.

DWD’s report showed Wisconsin lost 1,900 nonfarm jobs overall in November.


UW-Madison student faces 6 new charges involving 5 women

(Information from: Wisconsin State Journal,

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Six new charges involving five women have been added to the 15 charges a suspended University of Wisconsin-Madison student faces.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Thursday that Alec Cook now faces 21 criminal charges involving 10 women.

Cook is due back in court Friday for a hearing on whether his $200,000 bond should be reduced.

The most serious of the new charges against the 20-year-old Cook are felony stalking charges. Two women each told police that Cook followed them around campus or showed up in places they frequented and stared at them, despite being told to leave them alone.

Cook was also charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct for incidents in September. Cook was also charged with disorderly conduct for earlier incidents involving two other women.



Racine city worker killed when hit by car while on the job

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A city worker in Racine was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while on the job.

Mayor John Dickert says Mark Gates died Wednesday while collecting recyclables, when he was struck by “a speeding vehicle.” The Journal Times reports Gates was pinned between a car and a city recycling truck.

Gates also was a Baptist pastor.

Police did not immediately comment on their investigation.