- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015
Police identify Milwaukee man killed by train

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) - Police have identified the man struck and killed by an Amtrak commuter train near the Wisconsin and Illinois border.

Mateo Moutry of Milwaukee died Friday evening after he was hit by a northbound train traveling on the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks in Pleasant Prairie. Rail service was temporarily disrupted following the incident.

WISN-TV (https://bit.ly/1vQCZMshttps://bit.ly/1vQCZMs ) reports police are continuing to investigate why the 18-year-old and another person were on railroad property. Police believe the incident was accidental.

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Lawmaker wants review of Milwaukee voucher program

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin lawmaker is calling for a federal review of the longstanding Milwaukee voucher program.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan has asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to conduct a study comparing the city’s voucher schools to its public schools. He wrote to an official last month asking the agency to scrutinize the program on areas such as academic achievement, special-education services and accountability practices.

Pocan tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/13S5ylKhttps://bit.ly/13S5ylK ) that he would like to know the strengths and weaknesses of the 24-year-old program since other states are looking to expand their own voucher programs.

He says a study makes sense now because voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs have proliferated across the country since 2001, when the agency last reviewed the Milwaukee program.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.comhttps://www.jsonline.com

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Wisconsin heading into prolonged deep freeze

SULLIVAN, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin is heading into a prolonged stay in the deep freeze.

The National Weather Service forecasts lows Sunday night ranging from 20 below in northern Wisconsin to the teens below in the south.

Blustery winds will make it feel like 30 below to 40 below in northern Wisconsin.

The weather service has issued a wind chill warning for northern Wisconsin and a wind chill advisory for southern Wisconsin for Sunday night through Monday morning.

Far Southwestern Wisconsin could see heavy snow Monday night. The weather service says 2 to 5 inches of snow is expected over most of southern Wisconsin Monday night, and some areas west and south of Madison could receive a half-foot of snow.

The weather service doesn’t see a warmup until the coming weekend.

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Officials ID boy killed in Montfort shooting

MONTFORT, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have released the names of a 6-year-old boy who was killed and two other family members who were wounded in a shooting in the southwestern Wisconsin village of Montfort.

Grant County Sheriff Nate Dreckman said Saturday that Jaxon Slaight was killed and his mother, 27-year-old Morgan Slaight, and his 8-year-old brother, Joseph, are in critical but stable condition at UW Hospital. Police said they had no update Sunday.

The Wisconsin State Journal https://bit.ly/1xqg2Fjhttps://bit.ly/1xqg2Fj ) reports Dreckman said all three were shot in the head with a .22-caliber pistol. He did not say who was responsible for the shootings, but said authorities are not seeking a suspect.

Authorities have not determined who owned the gun.

Deputies responded to the shooting Friday. Monfort is a community of 700 people about 60 miles west of Madison.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsjhttps://www.madison.com/wsj

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