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(11/18/12) Here are the stories:

Prosecutors are not
commenting on whether any more charges will be filed or suspects will be named
in the long-running investigation in the Milwaukee County Executive's office
when it was run by current Governor Scott Walker.  So far six people have been
charged, four have been convicted and one person sentenced.  A total of 13 have
received immunity for their offered testimony.  When former top Walker aid Kelly
Rindfleisch is sentenced next week, two of the six active cases will be
concluded.  Two more people are scheduled to go to trial in the coming months.
The governor has said several times he is not the target of the so-called John
Doe investigation.  He met with prosecutors last April.


A monument dedicated last
Friday in Waupaca will honor the 62 Wisconsin service members who have received
the nation's highest military honor.  The memorial to Medal of Honor winners is
located just outside the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.  The blue ribbon and
medals were awarded to service members from this state dating back to the Civil
War.  Only four of the 62 are still living in Wisconsin.


Oil giant BP reports it is
still processing claims which have been documented, but it's paid out more than
12 million dollars in claims so far.  BP says that money was paid for 14 recall
claims.  The company paid the money to customers whose vehicles were damaged by
incorrectly formulated gasoline.  Wisconsin was one of four states where about
4-point-7 million gallons of the damaging gasoline was sold.  The fuel caused
problems including difficulty starting, engine stalling and damage to critical
engine components.


Thirty years in prison is
the sentence for a Racine man who admitted he killed his girlfriend's daughter
by abusing her so severely her skull was fractured and her pancreas was torn in
half.  Andre O. Knighton told the judge he takes full responsibility and said
there is no justification for what he did to two year old Donnasia Jackson.
Prosecutors said Knighton slammed the little girl to the floor 12 to 15 times
when she soiled herself, then began to fuss.  He said he was suffering from a
migraine at the time.  The little girl was killed in 2011 while her mother was
at work.  Knighton had pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide


Conviction on his
eighth-offense driving while intoxicated offense will send a Two Rivers man to
prison for three years.  David F. Lawler pleaded no contest last week.  The 56
year old was stopped by Mishicot police last August for driving on a revoked
license.  An officer reportedly smelled alcohol on Lawler's breath, saying his
eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred.  Police say he told them he had
drunk at least a 12 pack of beer and his blood alcohol content level was
point-2-6-4, more than three times the legal limit.


An outdoors and survival
instructor from Wisconsin is the object of a search in northwestern Alaska.  Bad
weather has hindered the search efforts.  Thomas Seibold of Three Lakes was
reported overdue a week ago today.  Seibold went to Alaska last September to
hike and explore.  He left a group of friends later that month, saying he would
stay at a remote cabin through the end of October.  Seibold has a history of
camping in severe winter conditions. Alaska State Troopers say they will search
areas near a pair of rivers where he might have built a base camp.  Open rivers,
thin ice and a lack of snow are slowing the ground search.


Wisconsin officials say
three deer hunters have suffered mostly minor injuries not in the opening day of
the state's firearms deer hunting season.  One hunter suffered a hand wound in
Manitowoc County.  Department of Natural Resources wardens say he was hit when
another hunter shot at a running deer.  That happened during a deer drive.  Two
other hunters were injured when they fell from deer stands.  All the injuries
were not thought to be life threatening.





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