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Judge J. Mac Davis hangs up his robe
1:10 a.m.


WAUKESHA — It should probably come as no surprise that the son of U.S. Rep. Glenn Davis followed his father into politics.
And J. Mac Davis did just that, making his own name as both a state senator for two terms and as a Waukesha County judge for 25 years — a career that came to an end with a reception in his courtroom Friday.
"He was already in Congress before I was born, so as long as I can remember, political campaigns, public service and public issues were part of our family life so I got exposed early," Davis said.
Find the full story in today's Freeman.

Republicans propose removing lawmakers from WEDC board
1:05 a.m.


MADISON (AP) — Two Republican legislators introduced a bill Friday that would remove all lawmakers from the board that oversees Gov. Scott Walker’s job creation agency, saying members from the private sector can do a better job on economic development.
Four lawmakers — Sen. Rick Gudex, a Fond du Lac Republican; Rep. Rob Hutton, a Brookfield Republican; Sen. Julie Lassa, a Stevens Point Democrat; and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, a Kenosha Democrat, currently sit on the 12-member board. The other eight members are from the private sector.

Kohl’s seeks to stop top executive from sharing confidential info
11:45 p.m.


WAUKESHA —Kohl’s Corp. filed a temporary restraining order against its chief information officer last week after learning she took a similar role for Hudson’s Bay Co., the parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue; however, the employee agreed to a stipulation and order to prevent a hearing regarding the TRO.
According to the temporary restraining order documents filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on July 24, CIO Janet Schalk was a member of Kohl’s Executive Committee and co-leader of its Information Technology steering committee.
See the whole story in Saturday's Freeman.

Ax acts come out to play for Les Paul 100th
10:50 p.m.


WAUKESHA — Many noted guitar players from both the local and national scenes will put their mettle to their wah-wah pedals to pay tribute to the Wizard of Waukesha for the Les Paul 100th concert Thursday at Naga-Waukee Park.
Longtime Les Paul fan Rick Nielsen of the band Cheap Trick will join headliners Greg Koch and the Tone Controls in an All-Star Guitar Band. Also part of the evening’s entertainment are Waukesha native Sam Llanas and his band, Wisconsin’s Willy Porter, Gibson Guitar Signature artist Johnny A and Nashville blues/rock session player JD Simo will also be performing at the event.
Check out Saturday's Freeman for a full Q&A with Nielsen.

Walker names his chief attorney to appellate court
4 p.m.


MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has tapped his chief attorney to serve as a state appeals court judge. Walker announced Friday that he had appointed Brian Hagedorn to replace Judge Richard Brown on the 2nd District Court of Appeals.
Hagedorn currently serves as chief legal counsel in Walker’s officer. He has previously served as an assistant attorney general with the state Department of Justice, as an attorney with Foley and Lardner in Milwaukee and as a state Supreme Court law clerk.

New Berlin woman allegedly stole $224k from employer
10:17 a.m.


WAUKESHA — A New Berlin woman has been charged after she allegedly stole more than $224,000 over a three-year period from the Brookfield clinic where she worked as a billing clerk, often making purchases over the Internet while at work.

Debbie A. Benson, 53, was charged Thursday with 13 counts of theft in a business setting over $10,000 and five counts of unauthorized use of an entity's identifying information.