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Wisconsin state news briefs: Former UW-Madison student tries to have sexual assault conviction thrown out; and more state news

MADISON -- A former student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison says his sexual assault conviction should be thrown out because his attorney made critical mistakes.  

Nathan Friar was found guilty last April. Testimony was given in Dane County Circuit Court Wednesday concerning Friar's motion. Trial attorney Brian Brophy told the court he regrets failing to offer expert witness testimony. Assistant Dane County District Attorney Stephanie Hilton said Brophy's representation of Friar was more than legally adequate.

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Janesville man charged with selling heroin which killed man

JANESVILLE -- A charge of first-degree reckless homicide has been filed against a 37-year-old accused drug dealer who investigators say sold the heroin which killed a man.  

Grayland Harvey Jr. died of an overdose last December and prosecutors say Keyawn Davis-Cobbins caused Harvey's death. They say he sold the heroin to Iman Rowe and she delivered it to the victim.  

Davis-Cobbins and Rowe have a court hearing scheduled for Nov. 1. Harvey was found dead in a Janesville-area motel just a few days after he had been released from prison.

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2018 flood has city leaders considering a big move

ROCK SPRINGS -- Rock Springs trustees have discussed moving the village's downtown district out of the floodplain after the damage done by flood waters earlier this year. Plans are on hold while the community in Sauk County waits to hear about a federal disaster declaration.  

Another approach could be to fortify low-lying areas of the village against high water. Most of downtown Rock Springs is subject to flooding from the Baraboo River. Water levels reached 27 feet earlier this year -- just 1 foot below the all-time record.

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Shorewood High School play canceled -- again

SHOREWOOD -- The on-again, off-again performance of a play by drama students at Shorewood High School has been canceled a second time.  

Students had planned to offer a closed performance for their parents yesterday, but that was called off after a heated Tuesday night meeting. A 17-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday for posting a threatening message online. The school district called the play off the first time for fear there would be protests over the inclusion of the "N-word" in the dialogue of "To Kill A Mockingbird."

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Accused killer to use insanity defense

MADISON -- A 74-year-old Waunakee man has been bound over for trial on charges he shot his neighbor to death.

Ronald Jenne entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect earlier this week. Prosecutors say he killed 54-year-old Julie Anderson in front of her 15-year-old son and 4-year-old grandson last August. Jenne and Anderson lived across the hall from each other at Creekside Condominiums. First responders say Anderson named her killer before she died.

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President Trump visits central Wisconsin next week

MOSINEE -- President Donald Trump is scheduled to appear at a Republican campaign rally next week at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee. Joining Trump at the Wednesday rally will be Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. candidate Leak Vukmir.  

The last time the president was in the state he attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Foxconn Technologies campus in Mount Pleasant. Republicans say he will urge Wisconsin voters to preserve the Republican control of Congress in next month's elections.

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Ohio murder suspect arrested in Oak Creek for drugs

OAK CREEK -- An Ohio murder suspect is being held in the Milwaukee County Jail awaiting extradition. Sixty-one-year-old David Savage was taken into custody at an Oak Creek motel last Sunday.  

Ohio authorities tracked him using his cell phone. Savage is the suspect in the Oct. 8 murder of a man in Clay Township, Ohio. Steven Johnson's badly-beaten body was found wrapped in plastic inside a sleeping bag.

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Manitowoc manufacturer turns away business -- can't find workers

KIEL -- A company in Kiel which makes equipment for landscaping, construction, agriculture and other industries says it's having a hard time finding enough qualified workers.  

Amerequip Corporation has tripled its annual revenue over the last six years, but company leaders say they have had to turn away $10 million. Amerequip has 360 employees right now.  The company has raised its starting wage to more than double the minimum wage and offered flexible work schedules. It is seeking other avenues to find the employees needed for additional growth.

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April trial likely for Wisconsin political map

MADISON -- Wisconsin's political map will likely go back under the microscope this spring. A federal court Tuesday scheduled an April trial to determine if the state's political map is too political.  

The U.S. Supreme Court says states cannot draw political boundaries to separate people by race, but the high court has been less clear about drawing lines to separate people by political party. The court Tuesday said they hope to hear arguments in the spring, issue a ruling in the summer and clear the way for a Supreme Court challenge sometime in 2019.

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Oshkosh Corporation transfers work to its Tennessee plant

OSHKOSH -- Officials with Oshkosh Corporation say there won't be any layoffs associated with its decision to transfer some welding work on a new military vehicle to its Tennessee plant.  

The company blames lack of space for its decision to move the work. It promises to hire another 100 hourly workers for jobs to be posted next week. Some employees at the Oshkosh operation say workers transferred to other assignments had to take pay cuts of as much as $10 an hour. The company disputes that figure.

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Fallen firefighter given escort home

BLACK RIVER FALLS -- A fallen firefighter was given a huge escort home from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Black River Falls Tuesday.  

Twenty-two-year-old Alec Muth died in a wreck at a South Dakota motorcycle race. A Facebook posting on the Indianhead Harley Owners Group Eau Claire Chapter was shared more than 1,600 times. Dozens of local fire departments and motorcycle riders joined the Black River Falls Fire Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol for the 130-mile trip as escorts.

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Wauwatosa schools asking for $125M for new schools

WAUWATOSA -- Voters in Wauwatosa are being asked to spend $125 million more on local schools.  

The Wauwatosa School District Tuesday night invited parents to McKinley Elementary School to show off how old the building is. Wauwatosa Superintendent Phil Ertl says they want to use the $125 million to build four brand new schools and make repairs on several others.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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