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Frozen Johnsonville Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Grillers recalled
2:46 a.m.


KENOSHA — Johnsonville issued a recall Wednesday for its Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Grillers (frozen variety) because they may contain metal fragments.
According to the company, there have been four incidents reported but no occurrences of illness or injury from consuming this product
The recall is limited to six-count cartons of quarter-pound Johnsonville Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Grillers, with a “Best Flavor By” date of 122915 and an establishment number of “EST425B.”
The product was manufactured at Kenosha Beef International, LLC, and  shipped to stores in 11 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.
No other Johnsonville products or Griller varieties are affected by this recall.
If you have the affected product or have further questions, contact Johnsonville’s Consumer Relations team at 1-888-556-2728 or complete a brief form in the “Contact Us” section of Johnsonville.com: www.johnsonville.com/contact.html.

 

 

Abele says he won’t run for governor
2:42 a.m.


MADISON (AP) — Democratic Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said Thursday he will “definitely not” be running for governor in 2018, putting to bed rumors that he was considering mounting a bid after hiring a prominent party official.   
 Abele told The Associated Press he felt compelled to deny speculation he might run so it wouldn’t impair his ability to work with both Democrats and Republicans in Milwaukee. Abele also is running for a second term as county executive next year.   
 Talk of Abele possibly preparing for a gubernatorial run has spiked since he hired former state Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate on Aug. 24 and followed that up by hiring the party’s communications director Melissa Baldauff.   
 Abele said he hired Tate as a political consultant because he had known him for years and Baldauff came highly recommended. Baldauff, who had worked for the state party for two years, will take a similar job with Abele.   


 

DNR confirms round gobies in the Fox River
2:28 a.m.


MADISON (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources has confirmed round gobies have been found in the lower Fox River.   
 DNR officials said in a news release Thursday that the fish were caught immediately below the Neenah dam. The release did not say when or by whom. A DNR spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking details.   
 The aggressive, bottom-dwelling fish are native to the Black and Caspian seas. They range from 3 inches to 6 inches long but feed voraciously and aggressively defend spawning sites.   
 They first appeared in the Great Lakes in 1990. Fisheries experts believe they arrived in ballast water discharged by transoceanic ships. They’re considered an invasive species.   
 

 

Former chief justice appeals decision in lawsuit over title
5:33 p.m.


MADISON (AP) — Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson has appealed a ruling that her fellow justices properly stripped her of her title.   
 Voters approved a Republican-authored constitutional amendment in April that allows the justices to pick the chief rather than automatically giving the title to the longest-serving justice. The court’s conservative majority removed the liberal-leaning Abrahamson hours after the election results were certified and named Justice Pat Roggensack chief.   
 Abrahamson filed a federal lawsuit arguing she couldn’t be removed as chief until her term expires in 2019. U.S. District Judge James Peterson dismissed the action in July, saying the justices were authorized to remove her.   
 Abrahamson filed notice of an appeal to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. The filing didn’t include any briefs laying out arguments. 
 

Suspected Albert Street shooter taken into custody
11:15 a.m.


WAUKESHA — The man believed to have shot and killed 40-year-old Waukesha resident Kevin J. Hueman last month lies in the intensive care unit at Froedtert Hospital for wounds he inflicted upon himself as Waukesha Police descended on his St. Paul Avenue residence Wednesday night.
In a press conference Thursday morning, Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said all available evidence points toward the 35-year-old male suspect as being the shooter in the Aug. 14 homicide on the 200 block of Albert Street.
The man was taken into custody as police executed a search warrant and made several verbal attempts to gain his attention inside the residence. He had cut his own wrist and Jack said officers saw the man cut his own throat from outside of the apartment before he was able to be safely taken into custody.
The suspect — who's name has not yet been released — was rushed to the hospital where he remained intubated as of Thursday morning.
See the whole story in Friday's Freeman.

 

First television ad backing Walker touts fight with unions
11:13 a.m.


MADISON (AP) — The first television ad backing Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign to begin airing in Iowa next week highlights his 2011 battle with public sector unions.

The 60-second ad was released Thursday by the Unintimidated super PAC that has announced it is spending $17 million in the next six months on an ad campaign backing Walker. The ad will begin airing statewide in Iowa on Tuesday as part of a $7 million buy.

The ad comes as Walker is trying to regain ground in Iowa after rocketing to a fast start earlier this year before falling to the middle of the pack in more recent polls.

The ad highlights Walker’s record as governor, including winning a 2012 recall.