- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015
Man, 20, dies after finishing half-marathon in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office says a 20-year-old Greenfield man has collapsed and died after finishing a half-marathon in Milwaukee.

The medical examiner says the man collapsed immediately after running in the Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole on Saturday. He was taken to a hospital but pronounced dead in the emergency room just after 11 a.m.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. The name of the man was not immediately released.


Judge awards nearly $45K to Wisconsin Capitol protesters

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A judge has awarded nearly $45,000 in legal fees and damages to six protesters issued citations during demonstrations at the Wisconsin State Capitol four years ago.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Dane County Judge Frank Remington on Tuesday awarded compensation for attorney fees as well as awards for loss of liberty, emotional distress and damage to reputation.

The six protesters were issued citations while protesting Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 legislation that effectively ended collective bargaining rights of most public employees. All of their citations were dismissed within six weeks.

The plaintiffs filed a civil rights lawsuit against several individuals within the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

A spokesman for the Wisconsin Department of Justice tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the DOJ will appeal the decision.


Minnesota regulators OK Wisconsin Energy acquisition

MILWAUKEE (AP) - State regulators in Minnesota have approved a $9 billion transaction that combines Wisconsin Energy Corp. and Integrys Energy Group Inc., leaving Illinois as the last state needed to approve the deal.

The Milwaukee utility holding company has now received approval from utility commissions in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota as well as several federal agencies. The deal needs one more “yes” vote - in Illinois - to be completed.

The deal would create WEC Energy Group Inc., based in Milwaukee, with operations in four states and 4.4 million customers.

In its decision Friday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission declined Friday to require that Minnesota utility customers be awarded bill refunds or credits, as proposed by the state attorney general’s office, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1IRjhMBhttps://bit.ly/1IRjhMB ) reported.

Similar bill credits were sought for Wisconsin ratepayers by customer groups, but the Minnesota and Wisconsin agencies said the credits weren’t necessary.

The credits would have been within the range of the 3 percent to 5 percent in savings that the utilities have projected that customers could see as a result of combining the two companies.

Wisconsin Energy said it was not guaranteeing the savings would take place, and commissioners in Minnesota agreed with the utility that the merger was being undertaken based on growth opportunities rather than job cuts and savings.


1 dead in house fire in Green Bay suburb

HOBART, Wis. (AP) - A house fire has killed one person in the Green Bay suburb of Hobart.

Fire officials say crews were sent to the house just after 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Firefighters arrived to find the house engulfed in flames. Smoke could be seen for miles.

WLUK-TV (https://bit.ly/1Ba2IsEhttps://bit.ly/1Ba2IsE ) reports there was another person in the house at the time of the fire, but authorities could not give a condition on that person.

Authorities don’t know what caused the fire.


Information from: WLUK-TV, https://www.fox11online.comhttps://www.fox11online.com

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