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Friday, January 31, 2014

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Former gov candidate was vying for UW president

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Former gubernatorial candidate Mark Green was in the running for University of Wisconsin System president.

A selection committee chose Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Vice Chancellor Peter Garland, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King and UW-Extension and UW Colleges Chancellor Ray Cross as finalists. The Board of Regents hired Cross earlier this month.

System records released on Thursday show David Wilson, who once worked as UW-Extension and UW Colleges chancellor and now serves as president at Morgan State University, and Green, a Republican who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2006 rounded out the top five candidates.

System officials said Wilson, the only black candidate in the top five, withdrew himself from consideration. Green didn’t get enough votes from a search committee to be considered a finalist.

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Wis. court orders secret probe records released

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin appeals court has ordered some records released relating to a secret investigation that reportedly involves Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and conservative groups.

The court order issued Thursday does not include documents that would identify the people who are being investigated, specific information sought by subpoena or search warrant or other details of the investigation.

The documents include attorneys’ requests to stop the investigation, a response from the special prosecutor and other procedural filings.

Attorneys for three unnamed petitioners also had asked the appeals court to suspend the so-called John Doe probe in Milwaukee, Iowa, Dodge, Dane and Columbia counties or send their request directly to the state Supreme Court.

The District IV Court of Appeals rejected both of those requests.

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Judges orders Wis. couple in prayer-death to jail

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin couple must begin serving their jail sentences for praying over their dying daughter instead of seeking medical treatment for her, a judge ruled Thursday.

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