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Son of state senator assaulted stopping men from stealing a yard sign; Three killed in Milwaukee shooting; Gov. Walker secretly met with prosecutors about John Doe investigation

Thursday, 10.18

A Capitol Police officer accidentally fires his gun at the Governor's Mansion. The governor and his family are not in the mansion, and no one is injured.The officer is fired.

Friday, 10.19

Gov. Scott Walker announces that he is hiring Reed Hall, former executive director of the Marshfield Clinic, to be the interim director of the beleaguered Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The quasi-public agency - which Walker created to replace the public Commerce Department - has been criticized for losing track of $69 million in development loans. Walker says the hire will help turn the agency around: "Our ultimate goal is to be good stewards of the taxpayers' dollars in ways that create jobs."

Sean Kedzie, 22-year-old son of state Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn), is assaulted when he tries to stop two men from taking a "Romney/Ryan" sign from his lawn in Whitewater. Sean tells reporters: "It's getting to the point where you can't express your political beliefs anymore."

Sunday, 10.21

Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, kills three women (including his estranged wife) and wounds four others at a spa in Brookfield before killing himself. It's the second mass shooting in the Milwaukee area this year. In August, a gunman killed six people at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek before being shot by police.

Monday, 10.22

Early voting begins for the Nov. 6 election.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas says he won't delay enforcement of his September ruling " which overturned changes to collective bargain rights - while the state appeals it. "Even a temporary infringement of fundamental rights of speech and association protected by the constitutions is an irreparable harm," Colas writes.

The state Department of Public Instruction releases report cards for the state's 2,118 public schools, finding that three-quarters are meeting or exceeding expectations set out by the state's new accountability system. No Madison school gets the lowest grade, but 10 get the second-lowest.

Tuesday, 10.23

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Gov. Walker secretly met with prosecutors about six months ago to discuss the John Doe investigation of his current and former aides. Four people have so far been convicted in the probe. Tim Russell is scheduled to go to trial in December on embezzlement charges.

William O. Diederich, 61, pleads guilty to making a telephone threat to blow up the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin on Feb. 24. He will be sentenced on Dec. 20 and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Compiled, in part, from local media.

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