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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker refused to take a position Tuesday on the Trump administration's policy of separating families after illegal border crossings, even as governors in some other states either declined to send, or pulled back, National Guard troops from the area. Walker is taking heated criticism from Democrats over his decision to honor a request from Arizona officials and deploy Wisconsin National Guard troops to that state to bolster border security.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker's newly announced goal to make Wisconsin's graduation rate the highest in the country by 2023 is reminiscent of another campaign promise he made back in 2010. That year, Walker pledged to grow the state's private-sector jobs by 250,000 over four years. Now, more than seven years later, the state has still not met the goal and Walker instead focuses on filling the jobs that currently exist. That's part of the rationale behind his new goal.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee's mayor says he hopes the relationship between police and residents can improve in the wake of an excessive force lawsuit filed by Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown. Mayor Tom Barrett said Tuesday he's hopeful that the NBA player's arrest over a parking violation and the subsequent lawsuit "will be a turning point." The lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Milwaukee police of racial discrimination when they used a stun gun on Brown during his arrest.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The parents of a former University of Wisconsin-Madison student are asking a judge to give their son a chance at redemption when he is sentenced this week for a string of alleged assaults around campus. Alec Cook's parents, Arne and Jessica Cook of Edina, Minnesota, said in a letter to the judge that they believe their son's accusers. The 22-year-old former UW-Madison business student is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. One of the women urged the judge to give Alec Cook the maximum sentence.

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