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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 -- 5:43 a.m.

COUPLE DEAD-GREEN BAY

Bodies of couple found in Green Bay home

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay police are investigating after the bodies of a husband and wife were found in a home.

Police were called to the home on Green Bay's west side just after 9 a.m. Thursday. The man's employer had gone to the house to check on him and could see him lying on the floor. The employer told police the man hadn't been to work for a couple of days.

Once inside, police say they found a 49-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman dead on a bedroom floor.

WLUK-TV reports police say there were no obvious signs of trauma. Autopsies are being performed.

Police are trying to notify relatives and have not released the couple's names.

MILWAUKEE HOMICIDES

Milwaukee homicides increased 6 percent in 2012

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Homicides in Milwaukee increased in 2012 but were still lower compared to some past years.

According to the police department, homicides in the state's largest city increased 6 percent from 2011 to 92 homicides last year. There were 87 in 2011.

But the department noted that for the fifth year there were less than 100 homicides. The 2012 number is a 43 percent decline compared to 1990, 31 percent decrease over 2000 and 11 percent decrease since 2007.

In a statement, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said what they are doing to address violence has had a positive impact, but he noted everyday murders on the streets need to be considered when talking about reducing gun violence.

The department released its year-end homicide numbers on Thursday.

WISCONSIN JOBS-MINING

Wis. Dem postpones mining bill until next week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Democratic lawmaker has postponed introducing his version of new mining regulations until next week.

Senator Tim Cullen formed a bipartisan committee last year to study Wisconsin's mining regulations and develop strategies for streamlining them. He formed the group after a Republican bill that would have overhauled the state's regulations failed in the Senate by one vote in March.

Republicans unveiled a bill Wednesday that mirrors the proposal that died. The new bill didn't include any ideas from Cullen's committee, leaving the Janesville Democrat incensed.

Cullen promised to introduce his own bill on Friday. But his office says drafting has been delayed, pushing the introduction back to Tuesday.

Cullen's bill has almost no chance of passing, at least not as a comprehensive proposal. Republicans control both the Senate and Assembly.

GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH

Will Obama's order lead to surge in gun research?

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Researchers say that President Barack Obama's order to encourage use of federal money to study gun violence may help lead to more knowledge about how to prevent firearm injuries and deaths.

About 30,000 Americans die from gun violence each year, nearly the same number as from car crashes. Much more is known about victims and vehicles in crashes than victims of gun deaths.

One reason is that rules passed in 1996 at the urging of the National Rifle Association barred use of federal money for research that might promote gun control. On Wednesday Obama urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to resume gun violence studies. Some scientists hope this will help answer basic questions such as how many people own firearms in various cities.

UW OVERPAYMENTS-NASS

After audit, Nass says UW exec doesn't deserve job

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State Representative Steve Nass says the results of a recent audit suggest that a top official with the University of Wisconsin System doesn't deserve to be retained.

Auditors say the UW System overpaid for insurance premiums and pension contributions by $33 million over the last two years.

Nass on Thursday said the discovery calls into question the leadership of Michael Morgan, the UW System senior vice president for administration and fiscal affairs. Morgan was appointed to a three-year term in 2010, and a permanent candidate is being sought.

Nass, a Republican from Whitewater, says Morgan needs to withdraw his own name from consideration.

Morgan did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

UW System spokesman David Giroux (gir-OO') says system officials plan to discuss the entire matter with legislators on Tuesday.

EEOC-NEW PINE RIDGE

Wis. restaurant settles sexual harassment claim

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- A federal agency says a Merrill restaurant will pay $41,000 to settle allegations it failed to prevent a cook from sexually harassing waitresses.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says a consent decree involving New Pine Ridge Restaurant was entered into federal court Monday.

The EEOC says the cook created a hostile work environment by making crude comments to waitresses and grabbing their breasts.

The agency says the women complained but the restaurant owner did not stop the harassment. The EEOC also alleges some women were fired in retaliation for complaining.

Under the settlement, the restaurant will pay $41,000 to a former waitress. The restaurant's owner, manager and employees also will undergo training about employees' rights.

The restaurant's owner referred calls to his attorney, who did not immediately return a message Thursday.


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