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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Buildings destroyed by a natural gas explosion in Wisconsin will be removed at the end of the month. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the July 10 blast in Sun Prairie destroyed six businesses, one home and killed a volunteer firefighter. Many of the buildings damaged include apartments. City officials met this week with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to discuss the details of an agreement to reconstruct the Main and Bristol intersection

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) - A lightning strike knocked a Wisconsin sports talk radio host off the air _ and sent him to the hospital. Bill Michaels was doing his show Thursday from the patio of a golf club in the Eau Claire area as thunderstorms moved in. Michaels' arms and fingers were burned and he spent four hours in a hospital, but he was OK _ and tweeting on that evening's Packers game.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Heavy rains that flooded a section of Interstate 43 in the Milwaukee area left several motorists stranded. The North Shore Fire Department responded to the scene Friday morning to help motorists, some of whom were sitting atop their flooded cars. Four people had to be rescued, and two others got out on their own. No one was hurt. The flooding backed up morning commute traffic.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - City leaders in Milwaukee are taking steps to try to reduce violence after a rash of homicides in the past couple of weeks. There have been 14 killings in the city since Aug. 1. Office of Violence Prevention Director Reggie Moore says the past couple of weeks have been some of the most violent of the year. Authorities are trying to prevent what happened in 2016, when there were 24 homicides in August.

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