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Morgan Geyser is pleading guilty in the "Slender Man" stabbing of a classmate, in a deal that will allow her to not be sentenced to prison. Instead, Geyser will be committed in a mental hospital.

The plea agreement was announced on Friday. Under the deal, doctors will evaluate Geyser, then advise a judge on how long they believe the teen should remain in treatment.

Geyser had been set to go on trial next month on attempted homicide charges. She previously pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease.

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One day after the Trump administration unveiled its tax overhaul plan, Vice President Mike Pence made a stop at a manufacturing plant in Waukesha to promote the proposal. He addressed families and business leaders inside the facility, with Gov. Walker at his side. WUWM found some people who live near the plant, who stepped outdoors to watch the fanfare.

Greenfield Little League

UPDATE:

The Milwaukee County Board Thursday voted to permit the City of Greenfield to run Kulwicki Park for one year.  This is a dramatic shift from the original proposal that would have created up to a 30-year lease agreement, advocated by Supervisor Tony Staskunas, who represents Greenfield. 

Staskunas called the compromised approach a tryout. "(We'll be) watching how the City of Greenfield takes care of the park.  Supervisor (John) Weishan and I talked about it, if things go well over this year, we can revisit the main proposal later."

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One day after President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress announced a tax overhaul plan, Vice President Mike Pence is hitting the road to promote the proposal. Pence is making stops in Michigan and Wisconsin Thursday.

The vice president will appear with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha. They'll tour the facility, then Pence will talk to people from the business community, families and local officials about why GOP leaders are pushing the tax overhaul.

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Mussels may not be the first creature that comes to mind when you think about a healthy watershed. But unlike the invasive quagga and zebra mussels that have turned the Great Lakes ecosystem upside down, native freshwater varieties fill an important niche.

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Another week in the NFL begins tonight with the Chicago Bears traveling to Green Bay to take on the Packers.  It'll be the first game since last weekend's protests during the national anthem -- after President Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee during the event.  

The proposed Foxconn plant for southeastern Wisconsin has been going through various states of approval in recent weeks. Another crucial step could come today with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation possibly approving the plan.

Michelle Maternowski

For years, state lawmakers have been expanding school choice throughout Wisconsin, allowing public dollars to follow kids to private schools. Now, the Trump administration is looking to expand voucher programs nationally.

WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel held a community conversation, titled  Across the Divide: Where is School Choice Header Under President Trump?, at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point on September 19 to bring together people with different perspectives on school choice.

TRACY SYMONDS-KEOGH

Emotions ran high, as federal judges in Chicago heard arguments Tuesday in an appeal that could result in Brendan Dassey going free.

In 2007, when Dassey was a teen, he was convicted of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Teresa Halbach at the Avery family’s salvage yard in Manitowoc County.

Dassey and Avery were featured in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer.

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission says Russians, who wanted to hack into the state voter registration database, appear to have mistakenly tried to get into state Department of Workforce Development records.

Last Friday, state elections officials said they were told by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the hackers targeted Wisconsin's election system, as well as systems in 20 other states. DHS said the hacking attempt was not successful.

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Milwaukee County's acting sheriff has submitted his application to be appointed to the position. Richard Schmidt stepped into the post September 1st, when David Clarke suddenly resigned. Schmidt held a news conference Monday to talk about his first few weeks in office. He says he's already made major changes in how his department operates. He says he's found ways to cut costs. And he says he's helped improve public safety by cracking down on speeding. Over the last few weeks, he says Milwaukee County deputies have written more than 800 additional speeding tickets.

Tracy Symonds-Keogh

Update: Heated Exchanges as Attorneys Present Arguments in Dassey Appeal

The Brendan Dassey case is back in the public eye. A federal appeals court Tuesday will re-hear an appeal of a judge’s ruling, which overturned Dassey’s conviction.

Dassey was convicted in 2007 of helping his uncle Steven Avery rape and murder Teresa Halbach at the family’s salvage yard in Manitowoc County.

Althouse

Gov. Scott Walker signed two huge pieces of legislation into law last week -- the state budget and the Foxconn deal.  The state would give the Taiwanese electronics giant $3 billion to build a huge LCD manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin.  

While the Foxconn deal looks like a victory for Walker now, things could get dicey as we head into the 2018 gubernatorial election.  WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke about the developments with JR Ross of wispolitics.com in this week's "Capitol Notes" segment.

LaToya Dennis

Detention centers aren’t typically known for having green space, especially not in garden form. But there’s a school of practice that believes gardening holds healing powers—even behind bars.

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State lawmakers are considering several bills that would limit riots and punish people who participate in them.  The bills define a riot as a public disturbance during a gathering of at least three people;  one makes participating in a riot a felony.

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