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Rockies back Marquez with 3 HRs, beat Brewers 8-4
2:16 a.m.

DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon hit his sixth leadoff home run of the season, German Marquez won for the first time in seven weeks and the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 on Friday night.   
 Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez also homered and each drove in two runs, and Nolan Arenado had a two-run triple for the Rockies, who are one game up on the Arizona Diamondbacks for the top NL wild card.   
 Marquez (10-5) allowed four runs — including three solo shots — in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one while getting his first win since July 29.   
 The Rockies took the lead with a three-run third. Marquez legged out a double with one out and Blackmon singled to put runners at the corners. Arenado got his two-run triple and Parra followed with a run-scoring single to put Colorado ahead 4-2.   
 Parra added a solo homer and Gonzalez’s two-run shot a batter later chased Brewers starter Matt Garza (6-7) in the fifth.    


Legislature’s budget committee resuming voting next week
2:07 a.m.

MADISON (AP) — After a two-month break, the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee plans to resume its work on the state’s spending plan next week.   
 Committee co-chairs announced Friday the panel will meet on Thursday to vote on some of the remaining issues in the budget. The agenda does not call for the committee to vote on transportation funding, the biggest unresolved issue.   
 Republicans who control the Legislature have been unable to reach a deal with Gov. Scott Walker over how to pay for roads, among other issues.  


Wisconsin lawmakers introduce bill to relax mining rules  
2:02 a.m.

 MADISON (AP) — Two Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced legislation to repeal a law that requires mining companies to prove they’ve operated without polluting before they can mine in the state.    
 Republican Sen. Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Republican Rep. Rob Hutton of Brookfield introduced the bill Thursday. The 1998 law they want to repeal requires companies have 10 years of mining without creating acid pollution and another decade of no pollution after the mine closes.    
 The law aims to protect the state’s waters from sulfide material that is often unearthed by metallic mining. Sulfide can combine with air and water to create an acid that can destroy aquatic life and pollute water.   
 Tiffany said the Flambeau copper mine near Ladysmith operated safely and is an example of why the restriction isn’t needed. The mine operated for four years before closing in 1997.  


Former Democratic Rep. Roys considering run for governor
1:58 a.m.

MADISON (AP) — Former Democratic state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys is considering running for governor, the latest in the ever-growing list of potential candidates to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker.   
 Roys said Friday that she was ‘‘very seriously’’ considering getting into the race. That makes her one of at least 17 Democrats who have either said they are looking at getting in, created campaign committees to explore a run or officially declared.   
 Roys represented Madison in the state Assembly between 2008 and 2012 before leaving to run for Congress. She lost to Mark Pocan in the Democratic primary.
 Roys is seven months pregnant and said running for governor wasn’t part of her plan but she’s considering it after being encouraged by several people.  


Milwaukee police search for suspects in 3 separate shootings
10:19 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police are looking for suspects in three separate shootings that injured four people, including two seriously.
Milwaukee police spokesman Terrence Gordon says the shootings all happened Thursday evening.
Gordon says the first shooting happened at 9 p.m. when a 20-year-old man was wounded during a robbery. Police say he is in critical condition.
The second shooting happened at about 11:20 p.m. when a 25-year-old man and a 47-year-old man were wounded. Gordon says police believe the shootings are related but the circumstances are unknown. He says both men are expected to survive.
Gordon says a 44-year-old man was shot several times inside a home at midnight and suffered serious injuries. Police are investigating what happened.