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Travis Tramte has been found guilty of reckless homicide in the heroin overdose death of Kathryn Jakimczyk of July of 2013.

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Travis Tramte was found guilty Thursday of reckless homicide in the heroin overdose death of Kathryn Jakimczyk.  It took a jury over two hours to make their decision Thursday afternoon after hearing two days of testimony in Sheboygan County Court. Prosecutors said Tramte supplied Jakimczyk with the heroin that she injected at her North 9th Street apartment back in July of 2013 that led to her death.  Tramte’s lawyer tried to prove that there was other e...

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Political campaign donations triple over 4 years in Wisconsin

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Campaign spending for state and federal elections in Wisconsin more than tripled in the past four years, compared to the four years before that. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said Monday that $392-million were spent on campaign ads and political expenses in two-year election periods for 2010 and 2012.

That’s almost as much as it cost to build Milwaukee’s Miller Park baseball stadium for the Brewers – and it’s up dramatically from the $124-million spent on state-and-federal contests in the 2006-and-’08 election periods.

The Democracy Campaign says there are two big reasons for the increase.

One is the recall fever spurred by Governor Scott Walker’s law that virtually eliminated most public union bargaining – and the other is Citizens United, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations to spend money on political races.

The liberal Greater Wisconsin Committee has spent the most on the state’s contests since 2006 – around $26.5 million.

The Wisconsin Manufacturers-and-Commerce group was next at $18-million, followed by the Republican Governors Association at $16-million.

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