- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014
Ill. man goes to trial in Wis. woman’s death

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Jury selection has started in the trial of a Rockford man accused of killing a Wisconsin woman in 2012.

The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/1hrqEJn) that proceedings started Monday in 24-year-old Kody Walsh’s trial. He faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. He is accused of shooting 36-year-old Lori A. Daniels of Afton, Wis., while they were passengers in a vehicle near South Beloit.

Walsh also is accused of trying to kill the driver of the vehicle. Walsh fled and was captured a week later in Memphis, Tenn., after a high-speed chase with police.

Walsh has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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Planned cuts would hit littoral ship program

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday he is seeking cuts to a Navy combat ship program that is linked with thousands of jobs in Wisconsin.

Hagel said at a press conference that he plans to limit an order of littoral combat ships to 32 total vessels - 20 fewer than had been planned. The ships are built in Marinette, Wis., and Mobile, Ala.

“I am concerned that the Navy is relying too heavily on the (littoral combat ship) to achieve its long-term goals for ship numbers,” Hagel said. “Therefore, no new contract negotiations beyond 32 ships will go forward.”

Hagel said the Navy needed to examine whether littoral ships had the “independent protection and firepower to operate and survive against a more advanced military adversary and emerging new technologies.”

He said that was particularly important in the Asia-Pacific region.

Trimming the number of ships on order by nearly 40 percent would have a disproportionate impact on Wisconsin. Marinette is one of two locations where the ships are built. Defense contractor Lockheed Martin builds a version of the ship through the Marinette Marine Corp. based in the northern Wisconsin city of Marinette. Roughly 2,000 jobs are linked directly with the program.

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