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Thursday, 11.5

Two Wisconsin residents - Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel and Capt. Russell Seager, 51, of Pleasant Prairie - are among 13 killed in a shooting rampage by Maj. Malik Hasan at Fort Hood, Texas. Four other Wisconsin soldiers are injured in the attack.

Gov. Jim Doyle meets with President Obama and congressional leaders, asking that health care reform not put Wisconsin and other states that have provided expanded health coverage at a disadvantage.

Friday, 11.6

Former Mayor Paul Soglin threatens to declare his candidacy for governor on Dec. 1 if no viable Democratic candidate emerges by Thanksgiving. Soglin writes on his blog, www.waxingamerica.com, "That will teach them." That it would.

Madison Police release statistics that crime in the first three quarters of 2009 is down compared with 2008. There was one murder so far this year, compared with eight by this time last year. Rapes dropped 41 to 23, and auto theft is down 416 to 265. But robberies rose slightly, from 4,316 to 4,425.

Monday, 11.9

Former UW and NFL football player Erasmus James is charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct for allegedly punching his friend last Thursday at Wando's, 206 University Ave. With friends like these....

Elizabeth Miller of Merrimac files an age discrimination lawsuit against InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Madison. She says that after a phone interview for a grant-writing job, she tried to make another call and heard the two interviewers still on the line, discussing her age as a negative attribute. Miller, then 59 and an experienced grant writer, was passed up in favor of a 29-year-old applicant with no grant-writing experience.

Gov. Doyle signs a bill to allow schools to use student test scores in evaluating teacher performance. However, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards urges school districts not to do so. It says that since the law still prohibits the use of these scores in disciplinary matters, using them in evaluations would provide grounds for challenges.

Tuesday, 11.10

The state labor department projects that the unemployment fund faces a $2.8 billion deficit by the end of 2011 because of the high unemployment rate. The deficit is double a projection from earlier in the year.

State Rep. Jeff Wood (I-Chippewa Falls) stands mute to his latest drunk driving charge; a not guilty plea is entered on his behalf. It is Wood's fifth such charge, and the third in a year.

Former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen asks the state Supreme Court to move his misconduct trial from Madison to his old district, Waukesha. Jensen was charged in 2002 with illegally using state workers to campaign for Republican candidates. He was convicted in 2006, but an appeals court granted him a new trial. Four other lawmakers have already reached plea agreements and served their sentences.

Compiled (in part) from local media

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