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Waukesha County officials exploring next steps for Moor Mud Baths building
6:13 p.m.

WAUKESHA —  County Executive Dan Vrakas and his staff are beginning to explore new options to resolve parking troubles at the new Health & Human Services building following the County Board’s 14-10 vote Tuesday night to pull the proposed demolition of the county’s former HHS building from the five-year capital projects plan.
For more details, see Friday’s Freeman. 




Chinese national strikes plea deal for stealing GE trade secrets
6:10 p.m.

WAUKESHA — A Chinese national who had been living in Waukesha will plead guilty to stealing trade secrets from GE Healthcare as part of a plea bargain being struck with federal prosecutors.
For more details, see Friday’s Freeman.



We Energies Cookie Book distribution begins Monday
6:07 p.m.

WAUKESHA — It is a sign that winter and the holiday season are not too far away. We Energies announced this week it will begin holding distribution events for its annual Cookie Book on Monday.
For more details, see Friday’s Freeman.


Operation Gratitude collecting candy in Waukesha County for overseas troops next week
6:03 p.m.

WAUKESHA — “Operation Gratitude,” a program that sends more than 150,000 care packages annually to American troops stationed overseas, will be in full swing next week throughout Waukesha County.
From Monday through Wednesday, the local nonprofit For All The Right Reasons Foundation and Pewaukee Dental will ask anyone with extra trick-or-treat candy to donate a portion to Operation Gratitude’s cause.
For more details, see Friday’s Freeman.



Complaint: Waukesha man tried photographing woman in bathroom
2:17 a.m.

WAUKESHA — A Waukesha man has been charged after he allegedly tried to use a cellphone to take a photo of a woman using a bathroom stall at the county Health and Human Services building last month.
For more details, see today’s Freeman. 



Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke hits DA Chisholm for ‘witch hunt,’ supports special prosecutor
1:54 a.m.

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. assailed District Attorney John Chisholm for “abuse of prosecutorial power” and announced his support for an independent prosecutor to investigate the district attorney.
Both men are Democrats, although Clarke is well known as a conservative.
Read the full story in today’s Freeman.



Burke rejects claim Trek fired her
12:18 a.m.

MADISON (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor is rejecting a claim by the former president of Trek Bicycles that she was fired from her job at the family company.   
Mary Burke calls the claim ‘‘character assassination’’ just days before voters choose in a tight race between her and Republican Gov. Scott Walker.   
For more details, see today’s Freeman.


Attorney general candidates spar in final debate
12:16 a.m.

MADISON (AP) — Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel and Democratic opponent Susan Happ locked horns in a final pre-election debate Wednesday night.
 Waukesha County District Attorney Schimel is locked in a tight race with Happ, the district attorney in Jefferson County, to replace outgoing Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. The contest has grown increasing bitter as the Nov. 4 election approaches, with both candidates accusing the other of being soft on crime.
Read the full story in today’s Freeman.