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Sen. Scott Fitzgerald said lawmakers might consider using other sources of revenue to fund roads.(Photo: File)

MADISON - The leader of the state Senate said he was considering using income and sales tax money to help pay for highways instead of raising the gas tax.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) told reporters Friday he remains skeptical of raising the gas tax, but said he is interested in transferring money from the state's main account to increase road funding.

The idea would put more money toward roads while avoiding a fight over the gas tax that has already divided Republicans who control state government. But transportation advocates and some Assembly Republicans say they believe the best way to keep highway funding stable is to provide it with a dedicated funding source.

The state's general fund is made up of collections from income taxes and sales taxes and is used to fund a host of programs, including schools and health care.

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma.(Photo: File/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

To illustrate Wisconsin's transportation needs, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, a Democrat who represents the rural Alma area northwest of Madison, made a startling statement.

Children are crossing "condemned bridges in the middle of the winter to get to the school bus," she said.

PolitiFact Wisconsin, in examining the statement, finds some truth and some distortion.

A 50-year-old-man is dead following a hunting-related shooting in the Marathon County town of Brighton, the Marathon County Sheriff's Department says.(Photo: File photo)

A two-vehicle crash Thursday on an icy road in Walworth County left an Illinois man dead and a Fontana man injured, the sheriff's office said.

Luis Gutierrez-Fernandez, 39, of Harvard, Ill., was killed in the crash, reported shortly before 7 a.m. on Highway 14 just south of the Village of Walworth, the sheriff's office said.

Gutierrez was northbound on Highway 14 when he lost control of his vehicle on the icy pavement and slid into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by the 59-year-old Fontana man, the sheriff's office said.

Gutierrez was pronounced dead at the scene; the Fontana man was taken to a hospital with injuries and both men were the sole occupants of their vehicles, the sheriff's office said.

The crash remained under investigation Thursday.

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MADISON - A man who was fatally shot at a gas station was identified by the Dane County medical examiner's office Thursday as David D. Edwards, 31, of Madison.

Edwards was shot shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday at a Mobil station in the 3000 block of E. Washington Ave., Madison police said.

A gunman fired multiple rounds into Edwards' vehicle before Edwards drove off at a high rate of speed, finally crashing into the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel in the 4800 block of E. Washington Ave., police said.

A 23-year-old man who was a passenger in the vehicle suffered injuries that are not life-threatening in the crash but was not shot, according to police, who were seeking suspects in the killing Thursday.

Police asked that anyone with information call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.

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Gov. Scott Walker is joined by Milwaukee county Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. at a bill-signing ceremony in 2015.(Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

Gov. Scott Walker is siding with his campaign adviser in a dispute with Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. 

Late last year, political strategist R.J. Johnson, who helped Walker win statewide three times, called into question a key anecdote in Clarke's new book, "Cop Under Fire."

According to Clarke's book, Walker refused to help the sheriff in his hotly contested 2014 primary contest. Clarke quotes Johnson as saying the governor "doesn't want news articles indicating that he's not a true conservative by helping a Democrat get elected."

But Johnson said that never happened.

"That would be complete fiction," Johnson said in November about an early edition of Clarke's book. "You can quote me on it."

Clarke, who runs as a Democrat, kept the story in the final edition of his memoir, which went on sale last month.