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Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz said Tuesday that Steven Avery should not get a new trial.

Avery was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Teresa Halbach, whose remains were discovered on Avery's property in Manitowoc County. Halbach was a photographer who took photos for a magazine that listed cars and trucks for sale. In October 2005, she was assigned to drive to Avery's home to take photos of a vehicle, where prosecutors say Avery tortured and killed her.

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It's official: the Racine County community of Mount Pleasant will be home to Foxconn's huge LCD screen manufacturing plant. 

The company made the announcement Wednesday morning.

Mount Pleasant is a community of about 26,000. It's about 25 miles south of Milwaukee and 60 miles north of Chicago.

Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave says the plant will be a "turning point" for the county.

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Gov. Scott Walker had been expecting Foxconn officials to sign a deal with the state any day now.  The Taiwanese company plans to build a huge LCD screen manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin, with the help of $3 billion in state incentives.  But late last week, the board that will oversee the deal, delayed voting on it.

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme is expected to take up a Wisconsin case that could have national implications.

Justices will hear arguments on the controversial political maps that Republican lawmakers drafted in 2011, after the most recent census. Democrats and liberal groups say the maps are unconstitutional, because the new boundaries give the GOP a big advantage in elections.

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Morgan Geyser is pleading guilty in the "Slender Man" stabbing of a classmate, in a deal that will allow her to not be sentenced to prison. Instead, Geyser will be committed in a mental hospital.

The plea agreement was announced on Friday. Under the deal, doctors will evaluate Geyser, then advise a judge on how long they believe the teen should remain in treatment.

Geyser had been set to go on trial next month on attempted homicide charges. She previously pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease.

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One day after the Trump administration unveiled its tax overhaul plan, Vice President Mike Pence made a stop at a manufacturing plant in Waukesha to promote the proposal. He addressed families and business leaders inside the facility, with Gov. Walker at his side. WUWM found some people who live near the plant, who stepped outdoors to watch the fanfare.

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The Milwaukee County Board Thursday voted to permit the City of Greenfield to run Kulwicki Park for one year.  This is a dramatic shift from the original proposal that would have created up to a 30-year lease agreement, advocated by Supervisor Tony Staskunas, who represents Greenfield. 

Staskunas called the compromised approach a tryout. "(We'll be) watching how the City of Greenfield takes care of the park.  Supervisor (John) Weishan and I talked about it, if things go well over this year, we can revisit the main proposal later."

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One day after President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress announced a tax overhaul plan, Vice President Mike Pence is hitting the road to promote the proposal. Pence is making stops in Michigan and Wisconsin Thursday.

The vice president will appear with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha. They'll tour the facility, then Pence will talk to people from the business community, families and local officials about why GOP leaders are pushing the tax overhaul.

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Mussels may not be the first creature that comes to mind when you think about a healthy watershed. But unlike the invasive quagga and zebra mussels that have turned the Great Lakes ecosystem upside down, native freshwater varieties fill an important niche.

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Another week in the NFL begins tonight with the Chicago Bears traveling to Green Bay to take on the Packers.  It'll be the first game since last weekend's protests during the national anthem -- after President Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee during the event.  

The proposed Foxconn plant for southeastern Wisconsin has been going through various states of approval in recent weeks. Another crucial step could come today with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation possibly approving the plan.

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For years, state lawmakers have been expanding school choice throughout Wisconsin, allowing public dollars to follow kids to private schools. Now, the Trump administration is looking to expand voucher programs nationally.

WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel held a community conversation, titled  Across the Divide: Where is School Choice Header Under President Trump?, at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point on September 19 to bring together people with different perspectives on school choice.

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Emotions ran high, as federal judges in Chicago heard arguments Tuesday in an appeal that could result in Brendan Dassey going free.

In 2007, when Dassey was a teen, he was convicted of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Teresa Halbach at the Avery family’s salvage yard in Manitowoc County.

Dassey and Avery were featured in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer.

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission says Russians, who wanted to hack into the state voter registration database, appear to have mistakenly tried to get into state Department of Workforce Development records.

Last Friday, state elections officials said they were told by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the hackers targeted Wisconsin's election system, as well as systems in 20 other states. DHS said the hacking attempt was not successful.

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Milwaukee County's acting sheriff has submitted his application to be appointed to the position. Richard Schmidt stepped into the post September 1st, when David Clarke suddenly resigned. Schmidt held a news conference Monday to talk about his first few weeks in office. He says he's already made major changes in how his department operates. He says he's found ways to cut costs. And he says he's helped improve public safety by cracking down on speeding. Over the last few weeks, he says Milwaukee County deputies have written more than 800 additional speeding tickets.

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