Local • 3A, 5A

Commission tosses complaint

The Janesville Police and Fire Commission on Thursday threw out a malfeasance complaint against Janesville Fire Chief Randy Banker, saying the former employee who made the complaint didn’t provide enough evidence to prove wrongdoing. Donald “Jeff” Bowen filed the charges last year against Banker, Janesville Fire Marshal Sue North and Janesville Fire Department union President Lt. Paul VerHalen. Bowen, a former Janesville Fire Department fire inspector, claimed the men lied in retaliation for Bowen saying unfavorable things about Banker’s leadership in an exit interview last year with Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag.

State • 2A

Walker shifts on gun laws

Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican with an A rating from the National Rifle Association for his supporting pro-gun measures, is shifting his approach following the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school. Walker opposes proposals to arm teachers and said he’s working with lawmakers on legislation for this spring. Walker said he hopes for moves similar to measures put in place after the Sept. 11 attacks that increased airport safety.

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