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Walker trims presidential campaign debt; Judge to hear right-to-work law arguments; high school searched, found safe after prom shooting; eight more state news stories

MADISON -- A campaign filing shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has reduced the debt from his short-lived presidential effort to just above $952,000.

Walker spent an average of $90,000 a day for the 71 days he was running. His debt was $1.2 million as this year started. The latest effort to pay the bill was an offering of a T-shirt.

The Federal Election Commission filing shows he raised about $128,000 last month.


Judge to hear arguments on keeping right to work law in place

MADISON -- A judge in Madison will hear arguments Monday morning on whether to keep Wisconsin's right to work law in place while it's being appealed.

Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust recently struck down the 1-year-old Republican law, saying the government is illegally taking away union dues' revenues without compensation. The law requires companies to stop requiring the payments of union dues as conditions of employment.

State Attorney General Brad Schimel has asked a state appeals court to restore the right to work law, and has asked Judge Foust to keep it in place while he challenges the measure.


Antigo High School searched, found safe after prom shooting

ANTIGO -- Antigo High School was thoroughly searched by law enforcement in the wake of Saturday night's prom shootings, and was found safe.

The northeast Wisconsin school district said on its website late Sunday "experts" recommended that classes resume Monday morning, so students and staffers can get support from counselors who will be at all the district schools.

Police say 18-year-old Jakob Wagner shot and wounded a male and female student as they were leaving the school late Saturday night -- and a police officer on patrol heard the shots and killed the gunman. Wagner's former classmate Emily Fisher tells the Wausau Daily Herald he was bullied since middle school -- and because he showed a keen interest in guns, she and her classmates assumed in her words, "If someone was going to shoot the school, we thought it was going to be him."

The state Justice Department is investigating.


Semi drivers stop careening pickup on interstate

KENOSHA -- Kenosha County sheriff's deputies say a pick-up truck crash could have been a lot worse, if it wasn't for two semi drivers to helped stop the careening vehicle.

It happened early Saturday on Interstate 94. Deputies say 52-year-old Brian Carney of Northfield, Illinois, apparently suffered a medical problem before his pick-up bounced off a wall on northbound 94.

Officials say the two semi drivers followed the pick-up, boxed other traffic out, and kept other vehicles from getting into the crash. Rafal Jedlewski reportedly jumped out of his semi as the pick-up slowed down -- and he managed to get into the truck and hit the brake. The other semi driver, whose name was not released, joined Jedleski in pulling Carney out of his pickup.


Long-lost Purple Heart medal returned

FOND DU LAC -- A long-lost Purple Heart medal from World War II has been returned to a Wisconsin family.

Phyllis England, a niece of Marine Pvt. Woodrow Wilson Grubb, received the medal during a weekend ceremony. Grubb died July ninth of 1944 during the Battle of Saipan in the Marianna Islands.

A VFW chaplain in Rochester, Pennsylvania found Grubb's Purple Heart -- nobody knows how it got there -- and the group Purple Heart Reunited tracked down Grubb's niece. She says she was born three years after he was killed in action -- and she's proud of her uncle, even though she only saw him in photos.


Accused wife-killer will undergo psychological examination

PORTAGE -- A man accused of killing his wife will have to undergo a psychological examination.

Fifty-one-year-old Kevin Krueger of Friesland is pleading not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. He entered his plea in Portage County Court last week. Prosecutors say Krueger shot his wife to death in a hotel parking lot in February. He faces multiple charges, including first-degree intentional homicide.


Brown County Board agrees to pay for upgrades to election system

GREEN BAY -- Brown County will spend about $100,000 to upgrade its aging election computer hardware and software before the fall presidential election.

The 30-year-old system crashed shortly before the April primary. The Microsoft XP-based software transmits voting results from polling places to the clerk's office. It was in the plans to replace the system next year, but with a tight race for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's office and a hotly contested presidential contest, county officials decided waiting that long wasn't a good idea.


Appleton professor performed with Prince

APPLETON -- The death of pop music icon Prince is bringing out some very unusual stories, including one from Appleton.

Lawrence University professor Bill Carrothers played keyboards and synthesizers for Prince's spinoff group The Family in the 1980s.

Carrothers says he spent eight to nine months rehearsing and performing -- and Prince wrote their music and sometimes performed with them.

The professor says he was preparing to go on Prince's world tour in the mid '80s when a record company hired away The Family's lead singer -- and Prince was so upset, he fired the entire group. Carrothers says Prince could also be seen eating Nacho Cheese Doritos -- and he didn't sleep much, getting cat naps for 20 minutes at a time.


Hundreds attend Hmong funeral for Milwaukee murder victim

MILWAUKEE -- Hundreds of people have attended a Hmong funeral in Milwaukee for one of three people allegedly killed by a fellow resident of their apartment building.

Thirty-six year old Phia Vue was remembered at Sunday's service, and family spokesman Mai Zong Vue says they have moved his spirit so he could reunited with his wife in the "spiritual world."

Vue's 32-year-old wife Mai was shot to death March 6 along with 40-year-old Jesus Manzo-Perez. The alleged gunman, 39-year-old Dan Popp, is charged with three counts of homicide -- plus one count of attempted homicide for allegedly wounding Manzo-Perez's son.

Mai Zong Vue says the Hmong community wants Popp charged with hate crimes, and they take issue that his case has been suspended while he receives a mental exam to determine if he's competent to stand trial.


Alleged casino shooter found dead in jail cell

MILWAUKEE -- An autopsy will be performed on a 38-year-old Milwaukee man who died in his jail cell, after he was accused of shooting a man and later opening fire at the Potawatomi Casino.

Terrill Thomas died just before 2 a.m. Sunday at the Milwaukee County Jail, and sheriff's deputies say there were no obvious signs of injury. Thomas was charged with reckless injury and four other counts in a shooting incident on Milwaukee's north side in which he allegedly confronting two men he thought had stolen his car -- and shot one in the chest.

Officials say he later fired shots on the gaming floor at Potawatomi around 3:30 a.m. on April 15, and grabbed poker chips before police arrested him. Police quoted Thomas as saying he opened fire in the casino because people he called "snakes" were there at the time.


Wisconsin murder suspect caught, held in Colorado

GRANBY, Colo. -- Arrangements are being made to bring a murder suspect back to Wisconsin after he was caught in Colorado last week.

Kyle Engen is a suspect in a fatal shooting in March. U.S. Marshals and local police caught him in Granby. Engen is also wanted in Dane County for escape.

Investigators think he was involved in a double shooting in Stevens Point in a drug-related crime. Twenty-one-year-old Deonta Lezine was killed and an unnamed second man was wounded.