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A man squirrel hunting with his brother in Dodge County accidentally shot and killed his brother Tuesday morning.

The 61-year-old man told authorities he saw movement, fired his weapon and struck his 65-year-old brother, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Their names and hometowns were not immediately released.

Dodge County Sheriff's deputies were called to state-owned property near County Highway G and Mud Lake Road in Reeseville around 7 a.m. 

Squirrel hunting season in Wisconsin started last weekend.

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Milwaukee police Sgt. Douglas Wiorek explains how the body camera attached with a clip near the ear is better than on the chest area, as it could be blocked if the officer is holding a firearm, in this file photo from 2015.(Photo: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Police would be required to keep body camera footage for at least four months and often much longer under a bill that went before a legislative committee Tuesday. 

Under the legislation, the public would have access to some footage under the state's open records law, but some footage could be withheld if it showed victims, minors or people in places where they have an expectation of privacy, such as their homes. 

Lawmakers have clashed for years over police body cameras as they wrestled with when to make material available to the public and when to keep it private.

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MADISON - Fifty-six counties will see a total of 65 new faces in each county's chief prosecutor's office, Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday.

It's the first time in more than 10 years state funding has created positions for new county prosecutors to help district attorneys, who have argued for years their caseload is outpacing the number of people in their offices to handle it. In all, the new positions will cost $7.8 million.

"For far too long our county district attorney offices have been doing more with less," Evers said in a statement. "This historic investment will enable our county officials to improve victims services, enhance diversion and treatment options for those struggling with substance use disorders, and address backlogs that are standing in the way of justice."

Evers' decision to add the new assistant district attorneys to the 56 counties comes after he vetoed a provision in the Republican-written state budget that would have added more prosecutors across the state but none for the state's largest county.

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MADISON - Scott Fitzgerald, a fixture of the Wisconsin state Senate for the last 25 years, announced Tuesday he would seek a higher office in the U.S. House.

Fitzgerald, 56, is the first Republican to enter the race to replace retiring Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner and launches a bid to represent the deeply conservative district at a time when his ties to President Donald Trump may turn off some voters in the Milwaukee suburbs.

But Fitzgerald also seeks the seat with GOP bona fides his likely opponents lack after ushering in some of the most conservative state policies in recent decades — including all but eliminating collective bargaining abilities for most public employees.

"I've done a lot of things in Madison that are, I think, put the state in a better position. I've driven a lot of conservative policy over the last 25 years and 12 years as majority leader," Fitzgerald told conservative talk radio host Jay Weber on WISN.

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Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, speaks to a crowd awaiting an appearance by then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at the Waukesha Expo Center in this July 27, 2016 file photo.(Photo: Michael Sears, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - The leader of the state Senate is expected to announce soon his candidacy for Congress — a campaign that may have already begun at a Sunday parade in Jefferson County. 

Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican from Juneau, hasn't yet answered definitively whether he will launch a campaign to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner but all signs point to a congressional bid. The latest clue: "Fitzgerald for Congress" is listed as an entrant in Sunday's Gemuetlichkeit Days Parade in Jefferson. 

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Parade chairwoman Sarah Bieck also confirmed Fitzgerald himself appeared in the parade and entered the event under the congressional campaign slogan.