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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Green Bay bridge under investigation by DOT

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GREEN BAY - Officials with the state Department of Transportation are trying to figure out what caused Green Bay’s Leo Frigo Bridge to sink two feet on Wednesday.

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 A spokesman for the department says several tests over the weekend, including a check for movement at other support piers, will determine if the bridge needs to be shored up before working on it. On Friday, Governor Scott Walker declared the bridge a disaster, which could lead to reimbursement for the first 180 days of repairs.

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 Officials with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia have accused Governor Scott Walker and other state groups of misusing a monthly index from its economist. According to the bank, Governor Walker claimed in recent speeches that the state’s economy was second in the nation for economic improvement. That claim led to one group releasing an advertisement, thanking the governor for putting the state on the road to recovery. A Senior Economist with the bank says the “Coincident Indexes” are being misread and have never been part of its calculated index and ranking.  

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 A Milwaukee firefighter got quite a rude awakening yesterday morning. Police say the firefighter woke up and went to investigate a noise inside the engine house living quarters, when he encountered an alleged intruder. While he got into a scuffle with the suspect, four other firefighters woke up and held the suspect down until police arrived. The unidentified male was arrested, authorities say the firefighter sustained a minor injury in the scuffle, but will be ok.

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 A man on trial for the death of three people will be examined to determine if he’s competent to stand trial. 31-year-old Jaren Kuester is facing three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, accused of bludgeoning three people to death in Lafayette County. A Dane County Circuit Judge ordered the evaluation when Kuester failed to answer questions during proceedings on Friday. Kuester's hearing has been put on hold until results from an examination are concluded.

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
(715) 273-4334
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