Obama's visit comes amid tight governor's race
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The last time President Barack Obama came to Wisconsin to celebrate workers' rights on Labor Day, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that was to come.
Union membership has plummeted in Wisconsin over the four years since Obama last attended the labor rally in Milwaukee, thanks to the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.
The president's appearance Monday comes as the architect of that law, Governor Scott Walker, is locked in a tight re-election battle against Democrat Mary Burke.
She will also attend the event, but is not speaking. Instead, Burke will meet privately with Obama.
Republicans say Burke is running from Obama, whose approval rating in Wisconsin has dropped below 50 percent.
25-year-old shot dead at Madison after-bar party
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A 25-year-old Madison man has died after he was shot at an after-bar party behind a commercial property on the city's south side.
Authorities say the shooting happened early Saturday.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says officers found a man lying on the street with gunshot wounds, and a crowd of people at the scene. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that police hadn't made an arrest by Saturday afternoon, but they had their eyes on a suspect.
Police believe the victim and suspect knew each other.
The victim's identity hasn't been released.
Driver found dead after hit-and-run, shooting
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Police say a male driver has been found dead - apparently shot after a hit-and-run in Milwaukee.
Authorities say the driver was found dead Friday night in a vehicle that had gone off the road and hit a pole at 31st and Hope.
During their investigation, police learned the driver had been involved in a hit-and-run just a few blocks away. A male who was possibly associated with that first accident shot at the other driver - who fled, lost control of his vehicle, and hit the pole.
It wasn't clear whether the driver died from injuries sustained in the shooting or the accident. An autopsy was being conducted to determine his cause of death. His passenger wasn't seriously injured.
There have been no arrests.
Medford football game locked down after shooting
MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) - Police say a high school football game in northern Wisconsin was suspended for about two hours and players and fans were sent to a gymnasium on lockdown due to shots fired nearby.
Medford Police Chief Ken Coyer tells WJFW-TV a man opened fire around 3 p.m. just down the street from Medford Area Senior High School. He says the game was stopped as a precaution. The station reports no one was injured in the shooting.
The chief tells WEAU-TV a 19-year-old male suspect is in custody at the Taylor County Jail.
The Chippewa Herald says the game was tied when it was halted but Chippewa Falls went on to beat Medford, 22-14.
CANCER PATIENT-WEDDING WISH
Cancer patient gets dying wish, weds gal he loves
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - When Harley Thomas learned in August that he would have just three months to live, he told his doctors he wanted nothing more than to marry the woman he loves.
The Cancer Team at Bellin Health granted that wish, and hosted a wedding for Thomas and Lori Feeley on Thursday. Area businesses donated everything from Feeley's dress to the cake.
Press-Gazette Media reports that Thomas and Feeley have been together nearly nine years. They planned to marry before, but were in and out of homelessness and didn't have the money.
Thomas was diagnosed with cancer in October. He has stage four cancer in his lungs and eight tumors in his head - and he is done with treatment. Despite the couple's struggles, he says he's rich in his heart.
HOTEL POOL DROWNING
12-year-old boy drowns in hotel pool
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 12-year-old boy is dead after apparently drowning in a hotel pool in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says Zay-Vun Mooreland of Milwaukee died Friday night at the Rodeway Inn and Suites.
A message left with the hotel manager was not immediately returned Saturday.
The medical examiner's report says Mooreland could not swim. He was in the pool with his siblings and a cousin when his older brother went into deep water with Mooreland on his back. The brother began to struggle in the deep water.
The family was at the hotel for a birthday party.
The medical examiner says the man at the hotel desk apparently told the children it was OK to swim because Mooreland's brother was 18.
Police do not suspect foul play.
Badgers DE Zagzebski taken off on stretcher
HOUSTON (AP) - Wisconsin senior defensive end Konrad Zagzebski left in the first quarter of Saturday night's LSU-Wisconsin game with an apparent neck injury.
Zagzebski was injured on a head-first tackle into LSU running back Kenny Hilliard.
Trainers brought a stretcher onto the field to attend to Zagzebski, who lay motionless for several minutes. Many Badgers went down on one knee as trainers stabilized Zagzebski and took him off the field. He gave a thumbs-up sign that drew applause.
Packers keep 3 quarterbacks on roster cutdown day
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Backup quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien both made the team as the Green Bay Packers trimmed their roster to the NFL's 53-man limit on Saturday afternoon.
Flynn and Tolzien had a competitive preseason competition behind star quarterback Aaron Rodgers the last month.
The previous time the Packers kept three quarterbacks going into a season was 2008, Rodgers' first year as an NFL starter.
Teams had until 4 p.m. EDT Saturday to set their roster for the start of the season. Green Bay plays the league's first game Thursday night at the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
The Packers announced they released 18 players and placed four others on injured reserve.
Notable cuts included safety Chris Banjo and wide receivers Myles White and Kevin Dorsey.
Tight end Jake Stoneburner was among the players to go on the injured-reserve list.
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