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Gov. Scott Walker is shown during his budget address Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the Capitol in Madison.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

After surveying damage from a tornado that struck near Chetek in northwestern Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday declared a state of emergency for three counties.

Walker instructed state agencies and the Wisconsin National Guard to help clean up and rebuild from a tornado and thunderstorms that killed one person and injured 25 living at a mobile home park in Barron County, about 40 miles north of Eau Claire.

A state of emergency was declared for Barron, Jackson and Rusk counties. Heavy rain hit parts of west-central and northwestern Wisconsin Tuesday evening where some areas got more than 5 inches of rain which damaged roads and other infrastructure.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the devastating tornadoes that hit last night," the governor said.

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At least one person was killed when a tornado swept into a mobile home park in northwest Wisconsin Tuesday. The Barron County sheriff says about 25 people were injured. Some of them were pulled from under collapsed walls. (May 17) AP

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Damage is seen Wednesday, a day after a tornado destroyed a mobile home park in northwestern Wisconsin killing 45-year-old Eric Gavin. At least 25 other people were injured when a storm leveled the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park on State Highway 53 between Chetek and Cameron.(Photo: Chelsey Lewis / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

PRAIRIE LAKE - Assessing the damage from a tornado that tore through a mobile home park in Barron County late Tuesday afternoon, leaving one resident dead and two dozen injured, Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald couldn't help wondering how much worse it could have been.

Michael L. McGee(Photo: Wisconsin Department of Corrections)

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday blocked the controversial placement of a Racine County sex offender in neighboring Kenosha County, where residents and officials protested the plan to have the man live in Wheatland.

The court found that the Racine County judge who approved the placement plan for Michael L. McGee failed to follow provisions of a February 2016 state law intended to make it harder to approve supervised release of sex offenders outside their home counties.

Judge Paul Reilly wrote the 15-page decision for a panel that included judges Mark Gundrum and Lisa Neubauer, all from the Waukesha-based District II division of the appellate court.

The law had required offenders to stay in their home county absent "good cause" to select another county. Racine County Circuit Judge Allan Torhorst found that the fact there was no suitable spot in Racine County was such "good cause" to place McGee in Wheatland.

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is back in control of its Twitter account after being hacked early Wednesday. 

We're back!

— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) May 17, 2017

Sorry for the disruption and foul language this morning— Here’s more info on what happened.

— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) May 17, 2017

UW-Madison staff learned of the hack as the suspicious tweets were being posted, about 6:30 a.m., according to a statement. Four suspicious tweets were posted, including two with profane language.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Twitter account has been hacked, UW police reported Wednesday morning.(Photo: UW-Madison Twitter)

The cause of the hack has not been identified, but the University Communications plans to review its social media account security.

The account has about 160,000 followers.




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The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Twitter account has been hacked, UW police reported Wednesday morning.

"Admins at @UWMadison are aware that their Twitter account has been compromised. Not to fear -- it will be back to its awesome self soon," UW police tweeted.

Several profanity laced tweets were posted on the UW's feed about 6:30 a.m. The account has about 159,000 followers.