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Second jail death was apparently also a suicide; Former firefighter convicted of burning own house; more state briefs

EAU CLAIRE -- An autopsy is planned today (Wednesday) for a 31-year-old Eau Claire County jail inmate who apparently took his own life.

The man is the second inmate to die in the last two months while in custody in Eau Claire.

Gregory Gubernot, 44, Altoona, hung himself in June. He had been charged in the murder last December of his live-in girlfriend.

Sheriff's deputies in neighboring Dunn County reviewed Gubernot's death, and they found that the jail staffers followed local and state guidelines concerning his custody.

Deputies in nearby Jackson County will help review the latest death.

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Former firefighter convicted of burning own house after foreclosure

WAUPACA -- An ex-volunteer firefighter will spend six months in jail for burning down his house in Waupaca after it was foreclosed upon.

Christopher Doering, 33, will spend four years on probation after he pleaded no contest to his charges.

The blaze occurred in September of 2005. State justice officials said it happened a day after he was served with a notice that his house was foreclosed upon and would be sold at a sheriff's sale.

Doering originally told authorities he was re-setting an electrical fuse when he saw a fire in his bedroom closet, and he tried but failed to put it out. Investigators later found a gasoline mixture on the clothes he wore that night, and a detection dog found several spots where liquids were ignited.

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Thirteen murdered in Milwaukee since July 11

MILWAUKEE -- It's been a bloody three weeks in Wisconsin's largest city.

Thirteen people have been murdered in Milwaukee since July 11. That was after the city went four weeks without a killing.

The most recent homicide took place last Sunday when Donovan Howard, 19, was shot to death in a north side neighborhood. It was Milwaukee's 49th homicide of the year - one more than at the same time in 2009.

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Experts hope more healthy food choices will lower obesity rate

MILWAUKEE -- Food experts are trying to put a dent into Wisconsin's obesity rate by curing a lack of healthy eating choices in Milwaukee's low income areas.

The Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday that 26% of Wisconsinites are obese - which means they weigh at least 20% more than their ideal numbers. Another recent survey said Wisconsin had the highest obesity rate (44%) in the nation for African-Americans.

Milwaukee urban farmer Will Allen said many people in the inner city either don't have the money to buy fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables, or they don't have the transportation to get to stores that sell them.

Young Kim of Milwaukee's Fondy Food Center says one possible solution is to get corner stores to sell vegetables made by local farmers. Once the stores are identified, Kim said neighbors will be asked what types of fresh produce they're willing to buy.

Milwaukeeans are also getting involved in more cooking clubs and exercise programs.

Linda Meurer of the Medical College of Wisconsin said it's important for neighborhood residents to work on their own solutions, rather than somebody else doing it for them. CDC Director Thomas Frieden says obesity is a societal problem that needs a societal response.

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UW-Madison's 'party school' ranking drops

UW-Madison is rated the nation's 12th-best party school, down from 8th a year ago in the annual ratings put out by the Princeton Review.

The UW's flagship campus used to be near the top of the party school category for years. It was No. 1 in 2005.

But that was before the university cracked down on some of Madison's biggest drinking traditions. Those included drink specials at campus bars and the annual Halloween bash on State Street that got violent until admission was charged and live music was added a few years ago.

The University of Georgia is this year's top party school. Penn State won the honor in 2009.

Meanwhile, the Princeton Review also labeled Madison as a "Best Midwestern College." It's 14th in the popularity of its inter-collegiate sports, 16th for its entrepreneurial graduate programs, 16th for the best college newspaper and 20th for the best college library.

The ratings were based on a survey of 122,000 students at almost 375 campuses throughout the country.