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La Casa celebrates opening of new charter school at 49th anniversary event
1:30 a.m.


WAUKESHA — La Casa de Esperanza had extra cause for celebration at its 49th anniversary event Friday evening, as the organization officially introduced its new charter school, which is set to open next fall.
As the first cohort of students, a group of four- and five-year-olds clad in plaid uniforms, stood on stage and waved to the audience, it marked the fulfillment of a decade-long dream to establish a school specifically designed for Hispanic and low-income students in Waukesha.
See what Green Bay Packers player showed up to the party in today's Freeman.

UW chancellor: Cuts inevitable, but how big?
1:25 a.m.


CITY OF PEWAUKEE — University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Friday she has heard "genuine interest and concern" from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle when it comes to a proposed $300 million cut to the UW System.
The cut is part of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed biennial budget, which would also give the system more autonomy by turning it into a public authority, something Blank said would bring it more in-line with others around the country.
See more in today's Freeman.

Stabbing suspect’s attorney: Case should be dismissed
11:00 p.m.


WAUKESHA — An attorney for 13-year-old stabbing suspect Anissa Weier says the case against his client should be dismissed because prosecutors didn’t establish probable cause that she committed first degree intentional homicide.
In a brief filed Thursday in Waukesha County Circuit Court, Public Defender Joseph Smith Jr. said he presented evidence of "coercion and defense of others" at last week’s preliminary hearing.
Find the full story in Saturday's Freeman.

 

Friday's high school sports scores
12:55 a.m.


GIRLS BASKETBALL

WIAA Regional Semifinals

Division 1

Arrowhead 55, Kettle Moraine 36

Waukesha West 58, Waukesha South 27

Mukwonago 51, Homestead 43

Germantown 56, Hamilton 46

Janesville Parker 55, Muskego 38

Brookfield Central 47, Brookfield East 41

Oconomowoc 62, Burlington 48

Kimberly 46, Hartford Union 23

Division 2

New Berlin West 59, Pewaukee 37

New Berlin Eisenhower 63, Waukesha North 49

Beaver Dam 55, West Bend East 20

Grafton 38, Slinger 34

Division 3

Brookfield Academy 41, Brown Deer 27

Kettle Moraine Lutheran 44, Milwaukee School of Languages 21

Division 4

Howards Grove 47, Lake Country Lutheran 24

Division 5

University Lake 42, Catholic Central 41

See more details in Saturday's Freeman and Daily News sports sections.

 

Mining company closing office in northern Wisconsin
9:05 p.m.


MADISON (AP) — The company looking to open an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin announced Friday it was closing its office in Hurley, saying future investment was ‘‘unfeasible at this time,’’ a move that marks the end for now of the project near Lake Superior that sparked fierce debate and opposition from environmentalists and tribal members near the site.
Bill Williams, president of mining company Gogebic Taconite, released a statement announcing the decision. It comes after field explorations were put on hold due to mounting obstacles and years of opposition from environmentalists and local tribal members.
See the full story in Saturday's Freeman.

Legislators looking for specific cost of Bucks’ arena
9:00 p.m.


MADISON (AP) — The co-chairmen of the state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee are pressing the Milwaukee Bucks owners to be specific about how much a new arena would cost.
Find out what state legislators are calling for in Saturday's Freeman.