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WISCONSIN STATE NEWS BRIEFS: Statewide manhunt on for Waupun policeman

RICE LAKE - Authorities in northwest Wisconsin now say a Waupun police lieutenant may have stolen a second vehicle near Rice Lake this morning.

43-year-old Bradley Young was wanted for allegedly busting into the Walkers Kollerville Restaurant in Green Lake early yesterday – and then stole a pick-up truck in Green Lake two hours later. Barron County authorities said they spotted the truck last night. They said Young crashed the 1985 truck near Rice Lake and then ran off into a wooded area. This morning, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald issued a statewide alert for a missing 1996 white Nissan Maxima near Rice Lake. Green Lake sheriff’s officials almost nabbed the restaurant burglar, chasing him before he could run off into a cornfield. Young is a 22-year veteran of the Waupun Police Department. Deputy Chief Scott Louden said Young was a good, professional supervisor – and his entire department is surprised to hear about all this. Louden said there were no signs of him going through difficult times. 

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Police in Madison are looking for suspects who attacked an Oshkosh man at a hotel early this morning. Authorities say just after midnight, the 32-year-old victim was walking back to his room when he was attacked by four men. The incident happened at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. The victim suffered cuts and bruises in the attack. Police do not believe the assailants were staying at the hotel, but may have known someone who was. 

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A list of insurance companies have passed a major hurdle to sell individual insurance plans under the federal health care law. The Wisconsin Insurance Commission passed a review of 13 insurance companies for the state’s insurance exchange and now awaits final approval from the federal government. Under the new law, approved insurance companies must be open for applications in October – so final approval could come soon. The list of companies passing the review are available on the Commissioner of Insurance’s website at OCI-dot-WI-dot-GOV (oci.wi.gov). 

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A Waukesha man faces a list of charges for allegedly forcing himself onto two women at his apartment complex. The 21-year-old man, unidentified to protect the victims, faces second-degree sexual assault, lewd behavior and two counts of felony bail jumping. Court documents say in July, the 28-year-old victim was in the complex pool when the suspect allegedly forced himself onto her. In a separate incident, a 21-year-old victim was allegedly stalked and forced against a wall. The suspect is being held on a $25,000 bail, he is scheduled to appear in Waukesha County Circuit Court on August 30. 

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A Chinese researcher will not spend any more time behind bars on charges that he stole an experimental drug and its related research, so he could pass it off as his own in China. Federal Judge Charles Clevert of Milwaukee sentenced 41-year-old Hua Jun Zhao to the time he already served while his case was going through the courts – plus two years of probation. Zhao was accused of stealing a potential cancer-fighting chemical, and downloading the research behind the drug to his personal computer. It happened while he worked as a researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin near Milwaukee. The compound was never found – and Zhao struck a plea deal in July, pleading guilty to a reduced count of illegally downloading research data. Zhao told the judge he only wanted to protect the data – and he had no intention of profiting from it. Several Medical College officials were in the courtroom. None spoke when the judge invited them to.

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A Middleton man has died almost a month after he was injured in a Dane County motorcycle crash. Sheriff’s deputies said they’re still looking for witnesses to the mishap, which occurred around noon on July 11th on Dane County Trunk “K” in the town of Westport. 64-year-old Russell Prieve was taken to UW Hospital in Madison right after the accident. He died late Sunday.

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About one-of-every-seven low-income pre-schoolers in Wisconsin were considered obese in 2011. That’s according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which said the Badger State was among 20 that did not reduce its percentages of obese pre-schoolers since the last such survey in 2006. Health officials say that if the trend continues, the new generation of children will have lower life expectancy rates than their parents. The CDC report looked at kids age 2-to-4 in federal nutrition programs for the poor. The government said 18 states improved their obesity rates for young kids since 2006. A host of local and state initiatives were credited. Wisconsin has an early childhood health initiative as well. Among other things, it seeks to improve the nutritional quality of kids’ snacks and meals – increase physical activity – and promote more breast-feeding of infants. More information was expected after a CDC media briefing this afternoon. \

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The state Justice Department plans to appeal the blocking of Wisconsin’s latest abortion restriction, to try and get the law to take effect before a trial in November. The state filed a notice-of-appeal this morning with the Seventh Circuit U.S. Appellate Court in Chicago. The Justice Department wants the court to require abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges until the trial on the measure is finished. The state did not explain its reasoning in its notice today. Republicans who wrote the law say it’s designed to make that women who undergo abortion procedures can be hospitalized if something goes wrong. Abortion doctors say it almost never happens – and the real reason for the law is to end all abortions north of Madison and Milwaukee. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed suit against the new law the day Governor Scott Walker signed it last month. On the next business day, Federal Judge William Conley issued a temporary order to block the requirement while it’s being challenged. The plaintiffs say the mandate for hospital admitting privileges is unconstitutional.

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It does not appear that the Oshkosh Corporation will convince a union to extend its current contract by five years, to make it easier to win a big order for military vehicles. Talks on the extended deal have broken down, with no agreement between Oshkosh and Local 578 of the United Auto Workers. The current deal runs for three more years, and the company wanted to add an additional five years to the package so it could cut costs in an effort to get a $13-billion contract from the Army and Marines to make tactical vehicles starting in 2016. The union voted in late June to pursue the negotiations, but a deal had not been reached by the company’s deadline of July 30th. The union’s bargaining committee said it was disappointed it could not reach an agreement.

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Two major auctions will be held at the Wisconsin State Fair the next two evenings. The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction is up this evening in West Allis. The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction takes place tomorrow night. Governor Scott Walker will be on hand for the events. Tonight’s auction features meat from champion and reserve-champion animals in nine categories. Proceeds benefit the Wisconsin “4-H” Foundation. John Brunnquell, who chairs the meat auction, says the goal is to raise $110,000 to support about 350,000 4-H youth members along with 20,000 adult volunteers and 2,800 youth leaders throughout the state. This year, bids for the meat will be taken online as well as at the event. More information is at WI4H-Foundation-Dot-Org (wi4hfoundation.org).   

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