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WIFE'S KILLING-WISCONSIN

Jury deliberations begin in husband's murder trial

(Information in the following story is from: Wausau Daily Herald Media, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com )

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) — Jury deliberations are underway in the murder trial of a Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp.

Authorities allege Mark Bucki strangled and then stabbed his estranged wife to death before dumping her body in a Taylor County swamp. Anita Bucki's body was discovered last May 10.

Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/1t5iPjJ ) reports defense attorney James Lex told jurors Tuesday there is no physical evidence tying his client to the crime.

But in his closing statement, prosecutor Richard DuFour claimed Mark Bucki's "intense desire to end his marriage" led to the "brutal and senseless murder of Anita Bucki."

Bucki took the stand in his own defense, saying he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance or death.

FBI DIRECTOR-MILWAUKEE

FBI: Gov't Web monitoring, privacy can co-exist

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The head of the FBI says he doesn't necessarily see a tradeoff between security and liberty when it comes to government monitoring of the Internet.

FBI Director James Comey was in Milwaukee to visit local law enforcement officers Tuesday. He spoke with reporters afterward about targeting violent crimes, stemming the tide of heroin use and combating human trafficking.

He was also asked about cyber crimes, such as the recent computer bug called "Heartbleed" that caused major security concerns across the Internet, and the Target Corp. data breach. He was asked how the government balances fighting crime with respecting Americans' liberty.

He says both concerns can co-exist. He says it's like stationing an officer at a park that had been overrun by gangsters, making it safe for families once again.

BAITING AND FEEDING

Outdoor lovers vote to ban baiting, feeding

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts say Wisconsin should ban deer baiting and feeding in the days leading up to the November gun season.

The Conservation Congress, a group of sportsmen that advise the Department of Natural Resources on policy, held its annual spring hearings across the state on Monday. Attendees answered nearly 60 questions asking for their positions on a number of proposals.

The results aren't binding on the DNR but they do offer way to gauge public support for potential moves.

One question asked whether the state should ban deer baiting and feeding statewide 10 days before and during the 9-day November gun season.

Results the DNR released late Tuesday afternoon show 3,639 people voted yes and 2,180 voted no.

TUNDRA SWAN HUNT

Outdoor lovers reject swan hunt proposal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts say they don't want a tundra swan hunting season.

The Conservation Congress, a group of sportsmen that advises the Department of Natural Resources on policy, held its annual spring hearings across the state on Monday. Attendees answered nearly 60 questions asking for their positions on a number of possible proposals.

One question asked whether the attendee would support a tundra swan season. According to questionnaire results the DNR released Monday, 3,199 people voted no and 2,439 voted yes.

Attendees did approve plans to allow trolling statewide, lengthen the trout fishing season and consolidate hunting stamps into a single stamp and fishing stamps into a single stamp, however.

The results aren't binding on the DNR but they do offer a way to gauge public support for potential moves.

WISCONSIN CAPITOL-GARDENS

UW students to design 3 of Capitol's flowerbeds

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin Landscape Architecture students are competing to design the floral gardens that will be planted outside the Capitol this year.

The state Department of Administration said Tuesday that students are designing gardens for the south, east and west corner circles of Capitol Square.

The State Capitol and Executive Residence Board will pick up to three winning designs at its April 28 meeting. DOA says this is the first time students have played a role in designing the circle gardens.

Each student can submit up to three designs for the 24-foot circles. The north circle garden is a memorial for fallen law enforcement officers. Fifteen flowerbeds hold more than 25,000 plants on the Capitol's 13.5-acre grounds each year.

COAST GUARD ALLEGATION

Coast Guard officer accused of assault in Wis.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard officer is accused of having abusive sexual contact with a female colleague while he was stationed in Milwaukee last year.

The Coast Guard identifies him as Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua M. Raymond, a 30-year-old from Deerfield.

Raymond also faces tentative charges of attempted sexual assault and making false statements during the investigation.

He now faces an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing. Coast Guard spokesman Christopher Yaw says the outcome could range from having the charges dropped to initiating court-martial proceedings.

Raymond's defense attorney, Grover Baxley, says his client intends to plead not guilty to all charges.

Raymond had been assigned to the Lake Michigan facility in Milwaukee. He was transferred to Station Grand Haven, Mich., after the investigation.

KENOSHA SHOOTING

Fatal shooting in Kenosha, 2 in custody

(Information in the following story is from: WKOW-TV, http://www.wkow.com )

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kenosha police are holding two men believed to be involved in a fatal shooting.

The victim was driving a car that crashed into a house in Kenosha Monday about 10:30 p.m. The driver was found to have suffered a fatal gunshot.

A juvenile passenger was not injured. WKOW-TV (http://bit.ly/P3eVHS ) says the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Kenosha County Medical Examiner's Office.