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Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel(Photo: Andy Haas Schneider, Associated Press)

MADISON – Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Monday he is investigating the hacking of credit rating agency Equifax. 

The Republican attorney general said in a news release that his Department of Justice had issued a subpoena asking Equifax to explain what happened and why it took so long to alert the public to what happened. The state is also seeking the names of Wisconsin residents affected by the breach and what is being done to help them. 

In a letter last week, Schimel and other attorneys general asked Equifax to stop offering fee-based services in response to the security breach at a time when it is also providing free services in response to it. 

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Joseph Jakubowski, the subject of an FBI manhunt, sends a manifesto to President Donald Trump in this recording. Rock County Sheriff's Office

Joseph Jakubowski is escorted into a room at the Rock County Courthouse in April.(Photo: Associated Press)

MADSION - A man accused of stealing an arsenal of firearms from a southern Wisconsin gun shop and sending an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump says he regrets surviving his failed attempt to run from authorities.

Joseph Jakubowski said his 10 days on the run last April were the best days of his life. Jakubowski is on trial in federal court in Madison beginning Monday.

In an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal, Jakubowski said he’s proud that he was able to publicize his anger and frustration toward the government. But, he says, he would rather have died in a gun battle with officers.

Former Wisconsin state Rep. Dan Meyer, a Republican from Eagle River, was named Department of Natural Resources secretary Monday by Gov. Scott Walker.(Photo: Handout photo)

Gov. Scott Walker on Monday named Dan Meyer, a former Republican member of the Assembly from Eagle River, as secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. 

Meyer served in the Assembly from 2001 to 2013. Previously, he served as mayor of Eagle River from 1997-2001 and is a former executive director of the Eagle River's chamber of commerce.

He replaces Cathy Stepp, who had run the agency under Walker since 2011. Stepp is taking a job in the Environmental Protection Agency in President Donald Trump's administration. 

In a statement, Walker said that Meyer, "understands the balance between protecting our natural resources and supporting economic prosperity in our state. As a highly respected former legislator and mayor who cares deeply about conservation, Dan will serve in the best interests of Wisconsin.

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Kathleen Vinehout is a Democratic state senator from Alma.(Photo: Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON – State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma Monday added her name to a crowded Democratic field seeking to challenge GOP Gov. Scott Walker next year.

Already in the race: state schools superintendent Tony Evers; Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik; state Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire; and activist Mike McCabe. The August 2018 primary will determine who will face Walker that November.

In a statement, Vinehout said she was running for governor "to turn the state's priorities upside down," saying Walker and Republican lawmakers have given too much to corporations and too little to schools and local governments. She cited the up to $3 billion incentive package that Walker negotiated with Foxconn Technology Group to bring a flat screen plant and thousands of jobs to Racine County. 

“When looking to build, relocate or expand in a state, company after company emphasizes they look for good schools, skilled workers, a transportation network, safe streets, efficient local services, clean air and water, recreation opportunities, and cultural amenities," Vinehout said.

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Brendan Dassey's case continues through the justice system. Alison Dirr/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Brendan Dassey (center) and his defense team, Steven Drizin (right) and Laura Nirider, attend a post-conviction hearing in Manitowoc County in 2010. Nirider and Drizin will be in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday on Dassey's behalf.(Photo: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)Buy Photo

CHICAGO - Brendan Dassey’s lawyers have racked-up some monumental victories in the past 13 months.

They laid the groundwork for a federal judge to overturn Dassey’s conviction in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach — a ruling that was later affirmed by a federal appeals panel.

But there have been setbacks as well.

Dassey’s attempts to be freed from prison on conditional bond were rebuffed and, more importantly, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago decided last month to re-hear the case, which was prominently featured in the Netflix docu-series “Making a Murderer.