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MADISON (AP) — Conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn on Monday defended blog posts he wrote more than a decade ago where he said a landmark gay rights court ruling could lead to legalized bestiality and labeled Planned Parenthood a “wicked organization.”

MADISON — The Wisconsin Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would force health insurers to cover pre-existing conditions if Republicans succeed in dismantling the Affordable Care Act, heading off potential criticism of GOP legislators on the 2020 campaign trail.

LA CROSSE — When the UPS man came knocking with a dolley piled high with packages, Jennifer Larson immediately knew they were for her youngest son. And that the boxes would be filled not with toys, or clothes, but yarn. Skein after skein of yarn.

SOMERSET — A Minneapolis man was on his way to kill his parents when he encountered a Somerset motorist who became the target of his aggression until police intervened, according to a criminal complaint filed this week in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

HUDSON — The long-shuttered St. Croix Meadows Greyhound Racing Park is being torn down to make way for a $200 million development that will include a baseball stadium, hotel, brewery, sports complex, research facilities, offices and condominiums.

34 — Size, in acres, on land immediately west of Lambeau Field.

MADISON — The Republican-controlled state Assembly voted 52-46 to pass the state budget early Thursday, more than 12 hours after debate began, sending the $73 billion two-year spending plan to Gov. Scott Walker. Walker can use his powerful veto authority to edit or remove items before he sig…

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.

MADISON (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.

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.

A 9-year-old boy was killed Thursday after he became trapped under several feet of corn inside a grain bin while trying to loosen a stuck auger on a farm in Grant County, authorities said.

MADISON — The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection recently has received reports of what appears to be a new trend in identity theft: Consumers are receiving notices from tax agencies in other states about filed tax returns.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — The woman and two boys who went missing while kayaking in Door County have been found safe about 12 hours after they were reported missing.