- Associated Press - Monday, November 3, 2014
Burke, Walker saturate southeastern Wisconsin

Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are making last-minute pushes to boost turnout in an election that hinges on which candidate gets more supporters to the polls.

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Walker and Burke spent Sunday in southeastern Wisconsin.

Burke, who visited Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha and Whitewater, made a big push to get out the vote in Milwaukee - a Democratic stronghold - and reiterated her readiness to take on education and unemployment. She said in his four years in office Walker has “not gotten the job done.”

In Kenosha, Walker highlighted the state’s improving economy and vowed to reduce unemployment if he is re-elected. He was joined on the campaign stop by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 GOP nominee for vice president, who described Walker as “courageous and principled” and said the governor has achieved what he promised he would when he ran for office. Walker also made stops in Janesville, Whitewater, Franksville and Delevan.


Brewers catcher accompanies vets on honor flight

MILWAUKEE (AP) - World War II and Korean War veterans not only got a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials erected in their honor, they also got a surprise.

Brewers all-star catcher Jonathan Lucroy was among the dozens of volunteers traveling Saturday morning with the 88 veterans from Milwaukee for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1Eb3J0Qhttps://bit.ly/1Eb3J0Q ). Lucroy posed for pictures, signed autographs and shook hands.

“The thing about World War II and Korean War veterans, they’re getting up in age and they won’t be around for much longer,” Lucroy said. “Any time I can spend with them I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

The Honor Flight program provides free one-day trips for veterans to Washington to visit monuments and memorials.

World War II veteran Bill Johnston said Lucroy is his favorite catcher.

“He’s my favorite Brewer,” Johnston, 88, of West Allis, said after his grandson snapped his picture with Lucroy. “He’s the only catcher to get two hits in the All-Star Game.”

Accompanying Lucroy was John Coker Jr., his roommate during his freshman year at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Coker, a speedy center fielder, was drafted by the San Diego Padres out of high school.


Oshkosh man arrested in hazardous materials case

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - The Oshkosh police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with hazardous materials found inside a home.

Oshkosh police blocked off a four-block area Friday afternoon after a “potential hazardous material” was found in a home.

According to a department news release, the man, from Oshkosh, was arrested for recklessly endangering safety and taken to the Winnebago County jail Friday.

Police say the materials were isolated and contained Friday and there was no threat to the public.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has the hazardous materials, which are being analyzed.


Trempealeau County hunter shot in head

GALE, Wis. (AP) - A hunter on the lookout for squirrels accidentally shot a bow hunter in the head in western Wisconsin.

According to the Trempealeau County sheriff’s department, the hunter saw movement by a tree and, thinking it was a squirrel, fired at it in the Town of Gale.

He then realized it was a bow hunter sitting against a tree. The injured hunter was airlifted to a La Crosse hospital with serious injuries. The sheriff’s department didn’t immediately release the hunters’ names.

A message left at the sheriff’s department Sunday seeking an update on the injured hunter was not immediately returned.

The sheriff’s department classified the shooting as an accident. The Wisconsin Department of Resources is investigating.

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