Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say the younger brother of a 15-year-old boy who starved to death while their family prayed and fasted for weeks wrote a letter that investigators found inside the locked southern Wisconsin apartment pleading with lawyers to save him. Prosecutors say the 11-year-old boy addressed the letter to “Lawyers of Sauk County” and wrote: “If I don’t get food now I’ll probably die of hunger.” The parents, Kehinde and Titilayo Omosebi, face child neglect charges.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Senate said Wednesday that the state’s juvenile prison has “been a mess for some time” and that Gov. Scott Walker’s administration should have done more to fix the problems earlier. Walker’s response to allegations of inmate abuse at the Lincoln Hills juvenile prison in Irma is an issue in his re-election bid this year against Democrat Tony Evers. Democrats have long faulted Walker for not doing enough to correct problems at the prison.

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — Autopsies indicate hypothermia or possibly drowning caused the deaths of four Wisconsin family members kayaking on Lake Superior. Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan tells the Ashland Daily Press that preliminary autopsy results indicate that 39-year-old Eric Fryman died of hypothermia while his three children, ages 3 to 9, died of hypothermia or possibly drowning. Only the children’s mother, 29-year-old Cari Mews-Fryman, survived. All of them wore life jackets.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The driver of a truck carrying mail for the U.S. Postal Service has died in a collision with a freight train in Eau Claire. Police say the crash happened just before 6 a.m. Wednesday at a railroad crossing on Eau Claire’s north side. A spokesman for Union Pacific says the truck driver was killed after colliding with the lead locomotive. Several crossings were closed once the train stopped but have since reopened. The Postal Service says the truck was operated by a highway contract route driver.

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