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UW men's basketball team loses in Final Four; DNR contemplating revising its invasive species list; Gov. Walker signs 7 bills aimed at battling heroin addiction
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Friday, 4.4

Dane County Circuit Judge William Hanrahan sentences Donald Lloyd Crompton, 23, to 30 years in prison for repeated sexual assault of a boy he babysat. The assaults began in March 2012, when the boy was 6, and ended when he was 8, in May 2013. The family conducted a background check on Crompton before hiring him, but it did not show that Crompton had been adjudicated as a minor for sexually assaulting three children.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson was told by a staff member three years ago she had been assaulted by state Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha). Johnson did not inform anyone of the alleged incident, which led to a charge against Kramer last month. Republican leaders have called on Kramer to step down.

Saturday, 4.5

The UW men's basketball team falls to Kentucky by one point in the NCAA semifinals game. See Meghan Chua's report.

Sunday, 4.6

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that state legislators' expense claims jumped significantly last year. The average Assembly member claimed $8,672 in expenses, up from $5,575 in 2012. Senators' expenses climbed about a third, to an average $9,230. State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) had the highest claim, $16,544, while state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) had the second highest, $13,816.

Monday, 4.7

The Associated Press reports that the state Department of Natural Resources is contemplating revising its invasive species list. It would ease efforts to eradicate the emerald ash borer but get more strict on 90 other invasive plants and animals. If the measure is approved, those who find the emerald ash borer on their property would no longer be required to take steps to kill it. The proposal is seen as an admission that the ash borer is here to stay. "We just have to focus on managing it because we can't get it booted out of the state," says the DNR's Andrea Diss-Torrance.

Jesus Castillo-Dimas, 32, pleads no-contest to first-degree reckless homicide for running over and killing his 2-year-old son in 2012. In the deal, Castillo-Dimas could be sent to prison until he is about 60, but he avoids trial on a harsher charge that would have sent him to prison for life.

Gov. Scott Walker signs seven bills aimed at battling heroin addiction by providing more funding for treatment programs and prevention education.

Wednesday, 4.9

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals rules that state Sen. Jon Erpenbach improperly withheld the names of public employees who sent him emails during the 2011 protests at the Capitol. The MacIver Institute for Public Policy, a conservative media advocacy group, filed a public information request to obtain the emails.

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