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Wisconsin roundup: Gubernatorial candidates blast Walker, not each other; more state news stories

Seven of the eight Democrats running for Wisconsin governor are focusing their criticism on Republican Scott Walker.

They met in a Madison forum Wednesday less than a week before the Aug. 14 primary election. Front-runner Tony Evers took a swipe at the incumbent for saying he had no intention of visiting a Wisconsin prison. Evers called that his responsibility. Former lawmaker Kelda Roys said she's the best candidate to beat Walker because she can earn support from married women in the suburbs. The Democrats offered almost no criticism of each other.

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Ryan: Taking on Trump publicly ‘isn’t effective’

House Speaker Paul Ryan says it doesn't work when you take on President Trump publicly.

The Wisconsin Republican says that approach isn't effective. Ryan was quoted in a series of interviews conducted by the New York Times and presented online in a podcast. The speaker says his constant private interaction with the president and White House officials made him effective, saying he tried to talk to Trump every other day. He says that how he avoided what he calls "tragedies." Ryan has criticized the president, but he says he didn't do that more often because he didn't think it was a good approach.

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Milwaukee home to nation’s 20th-worst drivers, report says

July and August are the deadliest months on America’s highways, so it won't make people traveling in Milwaukee feel any better to find out it's home to some of the worst drivers in the country.

Only 19 cities are rated worse in the report issued by the auto insurance quote website Insurify.com. More than 24 percent of the drivers on the road with you at any given time have been at fault in a driving incident. The average driver in Milwaukee is 40 percent more likely to get a speeding ticket than drivers in other cities. The experts say drivers in the South and Midwest had more at-fault driving incidents than those in other parts of the country.

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Suspect arrested in murder of La Crosse woman

The former boyfriend of a La Crosse woman has been arrested for her murder. Thirty-eight-year-old Eric Sackett was already in the La Crosse County Jail serving time for an unrelated sexual assault case. Sackett is to make his first court appearance on the murder of Erin Somvilai Thursday. The woman's family reported her missing June 4 and her body was discovered in Runge Hollow Lake in Vernon County almost two weeks later. It had been weighted down with concrete blocks in an effort to keep it from surfacing. Authorities say Sackett lied when he was interviewed.

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Report: Madison VA hospital provided deficient care to suicide victim

The Office of the Inspector General at the VA has issued a report indicating a patient who killed himself last year had received deficient care at the veteran's hospital in Madison.

Twenty-four-year-old Marine veteran Robert Franks-Mess killed himself one day after he was discharged. The federal report says the hospital staff could have held him for an additional 72 hours. Madison VA Director John Rohrer says the hospital now does more coordination with family members and county crisis services before a veteran is discharged. Problems were also found with the discharge planning, follow-up and outpatient pharmacy care.

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Training exercises mean aircraft activity starting Monday

People living in 21 Wisconsin counties are being informed about increased aircraft activity starting next Monday.

The Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center will be home for 60 aircraft and more than one-thousand personnel from active-duty Air Force, National Guard, Marine and Navy units until Aug. 24. The annual Northern Lightning Counterland training exercise will have planes in the air from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days. Participants are coming from as far away as Washington state and several international partners will be present to observe.

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