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WISCONSIN NEWS BRIEFS: Milwaukee police look to deal with gun violence

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Police are dealing with a surge of gun violence in the city. Authorities say since August 2,

23 people have been injured by gunfire, seven of them have died. Police Chief Edward Flynn unveiled a plan to curb the violence, including an increased police presence at trouble spots across the city. Chief Flynn says the goal is to disrupt the criminal environment “thoughtfully”. A similar plan helped drastically drop crime rates two years ago, where authorities say there was a 67-percent drop in crime during that operation.


FDIC regulators have shut down the Bank of Wausau, making it the second bank to shut down in Wisconsin this year. According to the FDIC, the single branch bank had over 43-million dollars in assets and $40-million in deposits. Nicolet National Bank in Green Bay has agreed to buy out about $30-million of that asset, with the FDIC assuming the remaining assets. The bank failure is expected to cost the insurance fund over $13-million. This latest shutter brings the total number of failed U.S. banks to 18 this year, compared to 51 last year and 157 in 2010.


A new camp is encouraging girls to seek careers as emergency medical technicians. Organizers say the five-day camp, called “Girls of Fire”, will help inspire a new generation of EMTs and firefighters – with simulated drills and emergency responses. The Chippewa Valley Technical College hosted the camp for girls, grades 7 to 12.