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Report: Tourists spent $11.9 billion in Wisconsin in 2015
2:08 p.m.

MADISON (AP) — Visitors spent nearly $12 billion in Wisconsin last year, making it the sixth straight year of increasing tourism spending in the state, according to a state Department of Tourism report released Friday.

Milwaukee County, home of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and the largest public museum in the state, saw the most visitor spending with $1.8 billion. Dane County, which features the state Capitol building in Madison, was second at $1.1 billion. Sauk County, which boasts massive water parks and resorts in Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton, was third at $1 billion.
All in all, visitors spent $11.9 billion in the state in 2015, an increase of $500 million from the previous year. The report attributed the increase to a rebounding economy and declining gas prices. Tourist spending has now increased in each of the last six years, growing an average of 4.8 percent each year since 2011, the report said.


Boundaries drawn on reduced Waukesha water service area
10 a.m.

WAUKESHA — Officials tasked with reviewing Waukesha’s Great Lakes diversion application have redrawn borders within the proposal’s service area, cutting nearly 14 percent of the region that had been included originally.
A new map outlining the city’s expanded service area was released this week after Great Lakes Regional Body officials requested portions of three local towns be removed from the proposal.
For more details, see Friday’s Freeman.



Waukesha high school graduation rates dipped slightly in 2015
9:55 a.m.

WAUKESHA — The Waukesha School District’s class of 2015 received diplomas at a slightly lower rate than their predecessors, according to data released Thursday by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Across the district, 84 percent of last year’s high school seniors graduated in four years, compared to 86.4 percent in 2014.
For more details, see Friday’s Freeman.




Packers take UCLA DT Kenny Clark in first round of draft
10:47 p.m.

GREEN BAY (AP) — The Packers filled a need on defense by taking tackle Kenny Clark from UCLA with the 27th overall pick in the NFL draft on
Thursday night.   
 Clark played three years at UCLA, starting all 13 games in 2015 and making 29 consecutive starts overall. A team captain, Clark had 75 tackles and six sacks for the Bruins last season.
 The first three hours of the draft shook out well for Green Bay, with plenty of front seven options still available late in the first round.
 There is a huge void in the middle of the defense with tackle B.J. Raji choosing to take a year off. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Clark will help plug
that hole.


Eight-year sentence for getaway driver in Waukesha Citgo murder case
10:43 p.m.

WAUKESHA — She never entered the gas station, fired a gun or even met Saeed Sharwani, but a Milwaukee woman will spend eight years in prison for her role in the Waukesha Citgo clerk’s death.
For more details, see Friday’s Freeman.


Gundrum interested in state Supreme Court seat
10:40 p.m.

WAUKESHA — The day after Justice David Prosser Jr. announced he would retire from the Wisconsin Supreme Court this summer, Appeals Court Judge Mark Gundrum announced he would like to be considered for the appointment.
“It’s a great way to serve the citizens of the state and to provide faithful interpretation of our laws,” Gundrum said Thursday afternoon.
For the full story, see Friday’s Freeman.