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Former Gov. Walker associate found guilty of stealing $51,000; Vilas Zoo starts construction on Animal Health Center; Statewide wolf hunt begins

Friday, 10.12

Madison tells four golf pros their contracts will not be renewed when they end this year. The parks division plans on using the revenue to upgrade facilities at its four courses.

A Milwaukee County jury finds Kevin Kavanaugh, a former associate of Gov. Scott Walker, guilty of stealing $51,000 in donations intended to help veterans and their families.

Monday, 10.15

Vilas Zoo breaks ground on a $2.7 million, 6,000-square-foot Animal Health Center, which will eliminate the need to transport most animals elsewhere. "You can imagine that can be very stressful on animals," Anna Reynolds, executive director of the Friends of the Zoo, tells the State Journal. "With having this facility on site we won't have to put animals under anesthesia [for travel], or we'll be able to put them under for a very short time."

Wisconsin's first state-organized wolf hunt opens, with at least four wolves being killed in the first 24 hours. The hunt goes until Feb. 28 or until 116 wolves are killed, whichever comes first. Officials estimate there are about 850 wolves in the state. Protesters gathered at the Capitol to protest the hunt.

A forensic investigator looking into the state's controversial redistricting reports that the attorneys from Michael Best and Friedrich, who were hired by Republican lawmakers, failed to turn over 34 emails to groups suing the Republicans, despite numerous court orders.

The latest campaign filings show U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin is winning the money war against former Gov. Tommy Thompson in their race for the U.S. Senate. Baldwin began October with $3.5 million on hand, while Thompson had just under $2 million.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville), the Republican vice presidential nominee, tells a forum in Waukesha that he supports limiting terms in the House to six. Ryan is now running for his eighth term.

Tuesday, 10.16

The Madison Common Council unanimously approves a new zoning code, which had been in the works for five years. Mayor Paul Soglin tells the State Journal: "I'm hoping it will end up with better-quality design that recognizes the beauty of our city, economic realities, and transportation needs of Madisonians."

Compiled, in part, from local media.

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