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Wisconsin roundup: Bicyclist accused of going on sex assault spree; more state news stories

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police have arrested a 26-year-old man riding a bicycle for four sexual assaults reported last week.

Michael Raspberry is accused of grabbing the buttocks of one woman who was walking, then doing the same thing to a jogger one block away. Police say he went on to grab a second walker two blocks farther along, then he allegedly chased a woman who was walking her dog, tackling her and ripping her pants as he pulled them down. The suspect raced away when a car pulled into the parking lot, but he dropped his cell phone and a fingerprint matched Raspberry. The attacks happened in an exclusive neighborhood on the city’s east side last week.


State’s deer season fatality-free

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports no fatalities were caused during the state’s nine-day gun deer season, which ended Sunday.

Seven hunters were shot, with five of them accidental self-inflicted wounds. One duck hunter was hit by a stray bullet. The sale of deer-hunting licenses indicates there were fewer hunters than last year. A little over 588,000 licenses were sold.


Village board approves $764 Foxconn deal

MOUNT PLEASANT — Members of the Mount Pleasant Village Board have given unanimous approval for the biggest economic development deal in Wisconsin history.

Their Monday vote gives Foxconn Technology Group about $760 million in local incentives to build a flat-screen plant that could bring 13,000 jobs to the region.  Foxconn plans to build a 25 million square-foot manufacturing complex near Interstate 94, with construction starting next year. As part of the deal, the company will actually receive 1,200 acres of land for free.


Bill setting delegate appointment for constitutional convention signed

MADISON — If a constitutional convention is held, legislation has been signed setting up the way nine Wisconsin delegates would be chosen.

Wisconsin is the 28th state to call for a convention that would add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Thirty-four states have to call for such a convention for it to be held. Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill containing guidelines for the appointment of delegates Monday at the Capitol. Republican legislative leaders would appoint six delegates, Democrats would appoint two and Walker would choose one.


Fatal falls are bigger problem in Wis. than most states

MADISON — The Wisconsin Institute of Healthy Aging reports the rate of elderly residents dying in falls here is twice the national average.

Wisconsin ranks second among the states in fall-related deaths for its residents 65 and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says falls account for an emergency room visit every 11 seconds. The Wisconsin Department of Human Services is reporting 48 of the state's 72 counties have seen a 50 percent increase in emergency department visits for injuries caused by falls among the elderly over a 4-year period.


Johnson: Still a ‘no’ on Senate tax bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he's working with other Republican senators who have concerns about the tax reform bill, but he still intends to vote "no," unless changes are made.

The Wisconsin Republican says the measure doesn't cut business taxes enough for "pass through" partnerships and corporations — where profits are passed to the owners and they report them on their individual tax returns. Johnson is a member of the Senate Budget Committee, which is scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday. He says he will vote for it — if it is fixed.


Dems criticize Walker for attending December conference

MADISON — Democrats claim Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is aligning himself with extreme and divisive political figures.

Walker is the only Wisconsin politician scheduled to speak at Turning Point USA's Student Action Summit in Florida next month. Wisconsin Republican Party spokesman Alec Zimmerman calls the criticism a "shameful, petty attack" which is meant to silence conservative students. Confirmed speakers for the event in West Palm Beach include Donald Trump Jr., former White House spokesperson Anthony Scaramucci and national security aide Sebastian Gorka, who has strong views on terrorism and immigration.