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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Photos of the Week (01/15/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler smiles after being crowned Miss America, Jan. 14, at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Photo: Eric Jamison / AP


2) Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, is crowned Miss America 2012 during the Miss America pageant. Kaeppeler won a $50,000 scholarship and a yearlong run with the crown. Her platform during the competition was supporting and mentoring children of incarcerated parents.Photo: Eric Jamison / AP


3) Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Miss America represents everyone, so I think the message to political candidates is that they represent everyone as well," Kaeppeler said when answering a question about whether beauty queens should declare their politics. "And so in these economic times, we need to be looking forward to what America needs, and I think Miss America needs to represent all." Photo: Ethan Miller / Getty Images


4) Miss Wisconsin performed opera in the talent competition category during the first round of the Miss America. Photo: Eric Jamison / AP


5) Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, left, Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson and Miss New York Kaitlin Monte react as Monte is named second runner up. Photo: Eric Jamison / AP


6) Jacques Couture, 62, is the first voter to cast his ballot in the New Hampshire Primary, after the stroke of midnight in the northern town of Dixville Notch on Jan. 10 2012. New Hampshire holds the first in the nation primary and Dixville Notch is the first town in the state to cast and tally votes. Photo: Herb Swanson / EPA


7) New Hampshire residents vote in the Republican presidential primary just before dawn in the basement of the Immaculate Conception Church in Penacook, N.H., Jan.10, 2012. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA


8) Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addresses supporters in Manchester on Jan. 10, 2012 after seizing a second victory in his fight to be the party's presidential nominee, winning New Hampshire's key primary. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images


9) The Costa Concordia is seen after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, late Jan. 13. Three people died and several were missing after the ship with more than 4,000 people on board ran aground sparking chaos as passengers scrambled to get off. The ship was on a cruise in the Mediterranean, leaving from Savona with planned stops in Civitavecchia, Palermo, Cagliari, Palma, Barcelona and Marseille," the company said. Photo: Italian Guardia de Finanza / AFP - Getty Images


10) Passengers of the Costa Concordia, a luxury cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Tuscany, arrive on a ferry in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. The luxury cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany, gashing open the hull and taking on water, forcing some 4,200 people aboard to evacuate aboard lifeboats to a nearby island early Saturday, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Francesco Paolillo. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)


11) A police officer holds a baby wrapped in a blanket as passengers of the luxury ship Costa Concordia that ran aground off the coast of Tuscany arrive on a ferry in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. The Costa Concordia ran aground, gashing open the hull and taking on water, forcing some 4,200 people aboard to evacuate aboard lifeboats to a nearby island early Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)


12) Firefighters rescue a San Juan Capistrano family from a car dangling over a bridge after a fiery crash on Highway 101 near Buellton, Calif. Photo: Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara News-Press via Zuma


13) A man stands on a house buried in snow in the fishing town of Cordova, Ak. Residents have turned to the state to help them dig out of massive snow levels that have collapsed roofs, triggered avalanches and even covered doors, trapping some people in their homes. Photo: Kim Weibl / Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management via AP. Here's another.  Photo: Erv Petty / Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management via AP


14) A hut is covered in snow on January 11, at the Fellhorn mountain near Oberstdorf, southern Germany. Photo: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / AFP - Getty Images


15) With briefcase and a empty baby car seat in hand, Alexander Veksler abandons his car at South Brasewood and Braewick Dr. in Houston, on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. City roads were flooded and thousands of Houston residents, including at least five schools, were without electricity Monday after powerful thunderstorms ploughed through the area prompting a tornado warning and dumping several inches of rain and hail on the drought-stricken region. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith III)


16) Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, center, who suffered a head wound in the Tuscon shooting, smiles after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at a memorial service marking the anniversary of the shooting, at the University of Arizona campus, Jan. 8. Bells tolled, girls in white dresses danced and clergymen offered up prayers in Tucson one year after a shooting spree that left six people dead and 13 others wounded, among them Giffords. Photo: Laura Segall / Reuters


17) Elsie Shemin-Roth holds a photo of her father, William Shemin, taken during World War I, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at her home in Labadie, Mo. Thanks to the tireless effort of his daughter and nearly four decades after his death, Shemin may finally be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions, but never received, many believe because he was Jewish. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


18) A riderless horse led by a ranger leads a procession to a memorial service for Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson on Jan. 10, 2012 in Tacoma, Washington. Anderson, a 34-year-old mother of two young girls, was shot and killed after setting up a roadblock to stop a vehicle that blew through a checkpoint on the road to the park's visitor center. The driver of that vehicle shot Anderson in her car and then ran away. The body of the suspect, 24-year-old Iraq war veteran Benjamin Colton Barnes, was found in a snowy creek the next day, where he died of hypothermia and drowning. Photo: Elaine Thompson, pool via Reuters


19) As members of the New Jersey Assembly are sworn-in, flowers are seen in the New Jersey Assembly chambers at the desk of Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, R- Morris Plains, in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. The top Republican in the Assembly collapsed and died as the 214th legislative session came to an end Monday night. Assemblyman Alex DeCroce was 75 and had represented parts of Morris and Passaic counties. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)


20) Larry Pinson of Yorba Linda weeps after finding out the name of the homeless man that was killed Friday night outside a fast-food restaurant in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Police arrested a suspect in connection with the death. The death follows reports of the earlier stabbing deaths of three homeless men in north Orange County since Dec. 21. Police suspect all three were victims of a serial killer. It was not known if the latest death was connected to the other killings. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)


21) In this May, 2010 photo provided by the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, crews use lasers to scan the Mount Rushmore monument, in western South Dakota. Crews scanned the monument and other features of the memorial to document and preserve the structure as well as create an online portal allowing users to visit the park virtually. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, visitors can take in-depth tours online of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial using three-dimensional laser technology. Photos: Mount Rushmore National Memorial via AP.


22) A dog tag lost during World War I by U.S. Army soldier Private Kent Potter is seen during a ceremony where it was presented to his son Dale in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, on Jan. 12, 2012.
Photo: Dave Kaup / Reuters


23) A "white only" sign is pictured on the fence around a Cincinnati swimming pool in this undated handout photo received by Reuters Jan. 12, 2012. A Cincinnati landlord found to have violated state anti-discrimination laws after she hung a "white only" sign outside her swimming pool lost an appeal with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission on Thursday. Photo: Reuters


24) School children from the Watkins Elementary School recite the 1963 Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech from the exact spot it was delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington January 13, 2012. Dr. King's 83rd birthday will be celebrated as a national holiday on January 16. Photo: Gary Cameron / Reuters. EXTRA: US civil rights leader Martin Luther King,Jr. waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 28 Aug. 28, 1963 on the Mall in Washington (Washington Monument in background) during the "March on Washington". Photo: AFP/Getty Images


25) Dieter Zetsche, head of the Mercedes-Benz unit of Daimler AG, revealed a controversial ad during a presentation Tuesday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that used an image of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Gueva. Merecedes-Benz larer apologized. Photo: Daimler AG


26) Trainees dressed in swimsuits run through waves under the direction of a trainer from Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant Ltd. Co. during a training session in Sanya, Hainan province, China on Jan. 8, 2012. According to the company, a total of 20 women, mostly college graduates, participated in the training session on Sunday, which was the first open group training for female bodyguards in China. All trainees will have to undergo 10 months of training to develop sufficient skills to serve their clients. The company will offer the best trainee a chance to attend further study at the International Security Academy in Israel. Photo: China Daily via Reuters


27) An instructor from the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant Ltd. Co, smashes a bottle over a female recruit's head during a training session for China's first female bodyguards in Beijing on Jan. 13. According to the company, the training session consists of 20 women, mostly college graduates, who will undergo 8-10 months of training to develop sufficient skills to become security guards. The company will then offer the best trainee a chance to attend the International Security Academy in Israel. Photo: David Gray / Reuters


28) Three seals in a tank wait to be fed at the Pieterburen seal creche, north of Groningen, in the Netherlands, on Thursday, Jan. 12. MSNBC.com reports, "Storms that lashed the Dutch coast this year have created a wave of orphaned baby seals, some so young their umbilical cords are still attached, wrenched from their mothers and washed up on beaches and dikes." Photo: Peter Dejong / AP


29) A nasua stands on a balance during an inventory at the zoo in Hanover, central Germany, on January 10, 2012. During the annual inventory, keepers of the zoo count, weigh and measure more than 3,000 animals living at the zoo. Photo: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/AFP/Getty Images


30 A dressed monkey sits at a roadside to earn money from passers-by for his owner in Islamabad, Pakistan on Jan 13.Photo:B.K. Bangash / AP


31) This week's AWWWWWWW moment. This photo of a panda at the san Diego Zoo was submitted to msnbc.com by Mike Taylor / UGC.


32) An elephant eats parts of a fir tree at the Zoo in Berlin, Germany, on Jan. 13. Every year, the elephants of the Berlin Zoo receive Christmas trees that were not sold during the holiday season. Firs and spruces are a great supplement to the nutritional protocol of the animals. Photo: Caroline Seidel / EPA


33) A flamingo eats treats from a visitor's hand during the Flamingo Fest at Flamingo Gardens in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Flamingo Gardens celebrates the great pink bird with art and sculptures by local artists and food. The flamingo art was made with recycled materials. Established in 1927, the Gardens is one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida. The 60-acre contains 3000 tropical species of plants and trees, in addition to 83 species of native birds and animals. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)


34) A participant of the international sledge dog race and his harnessed team make their way through the snowy landscape near Unterjoch, southern Germany, as they compete on January 14, 2012 in the event. Around 100 teams took part in the competition, covering distances ranging between six and eighteen kilometers. The fastest teams reach a tempo up to 45 kilometers per hour. KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images


35) Jerald Denny (left) and his sister, Joanne Plant, both of Green Bay, were among the 450 people who showed up Friday to shovel at Lambeau Field. The volunteer shovelers were paid $10 an hour for a task expected to take four to five hours. The Green Bay Packers will play the New York Giants in an NFC divisional playoff game beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman.


36) A halo-like smoke ring formed over Mile High Stadium in Denver last Sunday after Tim Tebow and the Broncos scored their first field goal Photo: Taken by Mark Neuman-Lee. It appeared on the Huffington Post.


37) Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays after the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime in the NFL AFC wildcard playoff football game in Denver, Colo., Jan. 8. Photo: Marc Piscotty / Reuters


38) New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski catches a 10-yard touchdown pass while being defended by Denver Broncos cornerback Andre' Goodman (21) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


39) Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow makes his way through the players after losing 45-10 to the New England Patriots in their AFC Division Playoff game, Saturday January 14, 2012 at Gillette Stadium. Photo: Joe Amon, The Denver Post


40) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) celebrates after scoring on a 4-yard touchdown reception during the first quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. The 49ers beat the Saints, 36-32. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


41) Alabama student Sara Berthaume taunts LSU students Joel Boudreaux, left, and Leif Dubois in the French Quarter before the BCS title football game in New Orleans, Jan. 9, 2012. Photo: Kerry Maloney / AP


42) Alabama's DeMarcus DuBose celebrates after the BCS National Championship college football game on Monday night. Bama shut out LSU, 21-0. Photo: Dave Martin / AP


43) President Barack Obama is presented a Dallas Maverick team basketball jersey from Dirk Nowitzki, as he honored the 2011 NBA basketball champions Dallas Mavericks, Monday, Jan., 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


44) Hea
d coach Ron Hunter of the Georgia State Panthers directs his team against the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks at GSU Sports Arena on Jan. 12, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Hunter coaches his fifth annual barefoot game in support of Samaritan's Feet, an organization that provides shoes for underprivileged children in over 62 countries around the world. Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images


45)
Newlyweds Alicia of Wisconsin and Sven from Cologne kiss after fixing a padlock onto a fence of a train bridge over the Rhine in Cologne Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. A German custom says that lovers who fix a lock to the fence and throw the key into the river Rhine will have their love forever locked. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)


46) Elvis Priestley, a.k.a. Archbishop Dorian Baxter, held service last Sunday in his Christ the King, Graceland, an independent Anglican Church of Canada at the Legion in Newmarket. The ninth Elvis-themed ceremony happened to fall on what would have been Elvis' 77th birthday.  (Colin McConnell/Toronto Star)


47) A clown jokes as he is surrounded by nuns at the end of Pope Benedict XVI's weekly general audience on Jan. 12, 2012 at Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Photo: Filippo Monteforte / AFP - Getty Images


48) Some riders wait for the subway in their underwear as they take part in the 2012 'No Pants Subway Ride', Jan. 8. Started by Improv Everywhere, the goal is for riders to get on the subway train dressed in normal winter clothes (without pants) and keep a straight face. Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images


49) Hunter Bania (right) clocks his brother Jack Bania (left) - both are 8 - with a snowball as friend Jack Cohen, 9, looks on Friday morning in Whitefish Bay after Thursday’s snowstorm. Journal Sentinel photo: KristynaWentz-Graff


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50) Ruth Payton, 82, of Macon, in red, watches Watson, a 5-year-old American bald eagle, take flight in Long Branch State Park in Macon, Mo. Payton, who is terminally ill with hemolytic anemia — a disease that prematurely destroys red blood cells — said she had always wanted to see a bald eagle. Her hospice worker, Randi Petre, contacted the University of Missouri's Raptor Rehabilitation Project, which arranged for Payton to come see Watson be released back into the wild. The eagle was brought to MU's Raptor Rehabilitation Project last month after being found in Randolph County with severe lead poisoning, likely the result of ingesting contaminated fish or deer. Photo: Matthew Cavanah / Colmbia Tribune via AP

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