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Official: Girl told 911 'send the police now' as cops waited

Authorities say officers waited in the hallway of a Texas elementary school for more than 45 minutes before agents used a master key to open a door and confront a gunman. Steven McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a contentious news conference Friday that children repeatedly called 911 from inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos killed 19 students and two teachers. He says the commander at the scene believed Ramos was barricaded inside the classroom and that the children were not at risk, and that “It was the wrong decision." He says as many as 19 officers were in the hallway by the time agents went into the room.

NRA meets in Texas amid protests after school massacre

The National Rifle Association’s chief executive has kicked off the group’s annual convention in Houston vigorously defending the rights of gun owners — three days after a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school on the other side of the state. Wayne LaPierre, longtime leader of the NRA, said every member mourned the lost lives.  But he declared, "Restricting the fundamental human rights of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves is not the answer. It never has been." Former President Donald Trump is to address the group later.

Onlookers urged police to charge into Texas school

Onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers. That's what a witness said Wednesday as investigators worked to track the massacre that lasted upwards of 40 minutes and ended when the 18-year-old shooter was killed by a Border Patrol team. Juan Carranza saw the scene from outside his house, across the street from Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde. Carranza said the officers did not go in. Minutes earlier, Carranza had watched as Salvador Ramos crashed his truck into a ditch outside the school, grabbed his AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and shot at two people.

Man accused of stealing timber faces federal charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a Bayfield County man on charges that he stole timber from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Wisconsin State Journal reports 40-year-old Jerod Hecimovich of Mason is charged in a three-count indictment with stealing, injuring and knowingly cutting and removing live oak timber from the forest last year. According to the indictment, Hecimovich had a contract with the U.S. Forest Service to harvest certain timber but he harvested live oak in violation of his contract. The indictment seeks a $24,736 forfeiture. Hecimovich would face up to 11 years in prison if convicted on all three counts. Online court records didn't list an attorney for Hecimovich.

Kaul settles DOJ administrator's discrimination complaint

The state Department of Justice has agreed to pay an agency administrator $46,276 to resolve her discrimination complaint. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the department signed the settlement with Division of Criminal Investigation Administrator Tina Virgil on May 17. Virgil filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year alleging that she was paid less as chief of the department's law enforcement services division than her predecessor because she's a Black woman. She also alleged she faced abuse because of her race and gender. Attorney General Josh Kaul promoted her to DCI administrator while the complaint was pending, bumping her pay from $116,000 to almost $133,000 annually.

Marshfield, Adams shut down wells due to PFAS pollution

Marshfield and Adams have joined the list of Wisconsin cities that have shut down municipal wells due to PFAS contamination. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the state Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that sampling in the two cities has detected PFAS levels high enough to concern state health officials. Marshfield shut down four of 15 wells after receiving results Tuesday. Adams shut down one of two wells with elevated PFAS levels after receiving results May 4. Communities including La Crosse, Eau Claire and Madison have also shut down wells due to PFAS contamination. The DNR is investigating PFAS contamination at nearly 100 sites across the state.

Fire in dryer duct damages Madison laundry facility

MADISON, Wis. -- A fire in a dryer duct damaged a commercial laundry facility in Madison Thursday. Madison Fire Department crews were sent to the 1300 block of West Badger Road just before 10 a.m. after a fire alarm activated.…

Shooter warning signs get lost in sea of social media posts

The 18-year-old man who slaughtered 19 children and two teachers in Texas left a digital trail that hinted at what was to come. He posted an Instagram photo of a hand holding a gun magazine. In his TikTok profile he warned, “Kids be scared.” And he pinned the image of two AR-style semi-automatic rifles displayed on a rug to the top of his profile. But those foreboding posts hardly stick out on an endless grid of Instagram photos that feature semi-automatic rifles, handguns and ammunition. There’s even a popular hashtag devoted to encouraging Instagram users to upload daily photos of guns with more than 2 million posts attached to it.

Hader notches 37th straight scoreless appearance, Brewers beat Cards

Josh Hader escaped a ninth-inning jam in his 37th straight scoreless appearance and the Milwaukee Brewers held off the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 for their third straight win. Tyrone Taylor drove in a run for the seventh game game in a row and Luis Urías homered as the NL Central leaders increased their edge over the second-place Cardinals to 4 1/2 games. Milwaukee first baseman Rowdy Tellez helped with his glove, ranging to catch five foul balls for outs. Overall, Brewers fielders caught seven foulouts. Paul Goldschmidt homered and extended his hitting streak to 17 games for the Cardinals. Hader, activated from the family medical emergency list earlier in the day, earned his 16th save in 16 tries this season.

Guest essay: Permission to revel

The mandate to experience joy despite life’s suffering is one of the greatest gifts of pet ownership.

The mandate to experience joy despite life’s suffering is one of the greatest gifts of pet ownership.

Coach of the Week: Highland's Ike Campbell

MADISON, Wis. -- Last season Highland softball won a total of 10 games. This year they more than doubled that number. "Are you nervous or excited?" - It's a simple question Ike…

Gunman's final 90 minutes fuel questions about police delays

Texas authorities say the gunman who massacred 21 people at an elementary school was in the building for over an hour before he was killed by law enforcement officers. The amount of time that elapsed has stirred anger and questions among family members, who demanded to know why authorities did not storm the place and put a stop to the rampage more quickly. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Travis Considine said 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered Robb Elementary School and began his rampage at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday. A Border Patrol tactical unit began trying to get inside the building an hour later, and at 12:58 p.m., radio chatter noted he was dead.