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TUITION RECIPROCITY

Bill allows UW System to negotiate tuition reciprocity

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan bill introduced in the state Assembly would give the University of Wisconsin System authority over tuition reciprocity with Minnesota. The legislation would also let UW campuses keep additional revenue from students paying Minnesota tuition rates, revenue that is currently deposited into Wisconsin’s state budget. The reciprocity agreements between Wisconsin and Minnesota have been in place since the 1970s and have allowed students to attend colleges in their neighboring states while paying in-state tuition. The agreements are currently negotiated by Wisconsin’s Higher Educational Aids Board. The Assembly bill introduced by Republican Rep. Shannon Zimmerman would give UW System officials authority to renegotiate reciprocity agreements with Minnesota.

SHOOTINGS-MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee shootings leave 1 dead, 1 in critical condition

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police are investigating a series of shootings that killed a woman and left a man in critical condition. The Milwaukee Police Department reported that early Saturday a man and woman arrived at a hospital for gunshot injuries. The 24-year-old woman died, while the man received non-fatal injuries. The police are also investigating two other Saturday shootings. In one shooting, a 30-year-old woman suffered serious injuries, but was reported to be in stable condition at a hospital. In the other shooting, two people were driving when they were shot. One of the victims, a 19-year-old man, was in critical condition.

POLICE SHOOTING-NO CHARGES

Milwaukee County prosecutor clears police in fatal shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County prosecutors have decided not to file any criminal charges against three police officers who fatally shot a man in August. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said in a letter that officers were justified in shooting Broderick “Baldie” Shelton outside a gas station, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Shelton was pointing a semi-automatic pistol at police officers and a bystander at a gas pump, according to Chisholm. Shelton’s family has said he suffered from mental health issues.

DRUG SEIZURE-WOOD COUNTY

Wood County sheriff seizes over $132,000 in drugs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wood County Sheriff’s Department seized over $132,000 worth of illegal drugs, including fentanyl, cocaine and ecstasy, during a search of a home in the Town of Saratoga this week. The sheriff’s department says it was part of a long-term investigation with state law enforcement agencies. Police officers also found marijuana, $16,000 in cash and high-valued jewelry. A woman who lived at the home was arrested. Wood County Sheriff Shawn Becker says the county has seen 12 overdoses this year and the seizure would help prevent more.

FIRST LADY-VISIT

Jill Biden, Douglas Emhoff set to visit Milwaukee, Waukesha

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff are set to visit Wisconsin next week. The White House says Biden and Emhoff will travel to New York City on Wednesday morning followed by stops in Milwaukee and Waukesha in the afternoon. The White House didn’t release any additional details. 

FIRE CHIEF-DRUNKEN DRIVING

Fire chief accused of drunken driving following crash

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors have accused Mapleton’s fire chief of drunken driving after she was involved in a crash. KFGO-AM reports Kayla Cross has been charged with misdemeanor DUI refusal. She has pleaded not guilty. According to court documents, she was cited by a West Fargo police officer just before 2 a.m. on Nov. 13 after she was involved in a crash. Details of the crash weren’t included in the documents. Mapleton Mayor Andrew Draeger says city officials haven’t decided whether to take any disciplinary action against the chief. Cross, who also serves as assistant fire chief in Moorhead, Minnesota, declined to comment. 

CONDOS-EVACUATED-WISCONSIN

Residents rush to move belongings out of dangerous condo

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Residents of a Waukesha condominium that could collapse are rushing to move their belongings out. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that residents of the six-story, 48-unit Horizon West Condominiums were being allowed inside in four-hour shifts to move their belongings out. Only seven people can help per unit. The Salvation Army has been providing some rooms but residents say they’re unsure where they’ll go next or whether insurance will cover their living expenses. Police and firefighters cleared the building on Dec. 2 after an engineering report found its structural columns were compromised, echoing the condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, in June. Nearly 100 people died when that condo collapsed.

CAPITOL BREACH-PROBATION

Wisconsin men get probation in U.S. Capitol breach

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced two Wisconsin men to probation for joining in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that 29-year-old Brandon Nelson of Madison and 24-year-old Abram Markofski of La Crosse pleaded guilty in September to a misdemeanor charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. Both appeared by video in federal court in Washington, D.C., and said they were sorry. Their attorneys have argued there’s no evidence either of them committed any acts of violence or destruction. U.S. District Judge John Bates sentenced each of them to two years on probation and ordered each of them to pay $500 in restitution. He fined Nelson $2,500 and Markofski $1,000.

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