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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 (01/29/12)

Photos of the Week


1) (left) President Barack Obama talks with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer after arriving at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Wednesday. (right) Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer points during an intense conversation with President Barack Obama. Photos: Haraz N. Ghanbari / AP. “She had a letter on her hands and through my camera lens I could read it said `Mr. President”, Ghanbari told Telemundo News. “I have never seen anybody given a letter to the president at the bottom of the steps”, he said. “Typically those conversations last 30 seconds”, he said. “They’ll say, `Hey Mr. President, Welcome!’ or whatever. But I had my radar up. I knew her stance on immigration and his stance on immigration, so I thought this could be interesting. I just stayed there with my camera.”


2) House Speaker John Boeher begins to tear up after accepting Gabrielle Giffords resignation, Jan. 25. Photo: MSNBC


3) Students leave notes on a cardboard cutout of former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno in the Pattee and Paterno Libraries on the campus of Penn State on Jan. 24. Photo: Patrick Smith / Getty Images. A newspaper with the headline re-written, is left in remembrance around a statue of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus on Monday in State College, Pa. Paterno died Sunday morning. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP.


4) Divers make their way into a flooded cabin of the Costa Concordia that is grounded off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. A large platform carrying a crane and other equipment hitched itself to the toppled ship on Tuesday, signaling the start of preliminary operations to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the grounded cruise ship before it leaks into the pristine Tuscan sea. Actual pumping of the oil wasn't expected to begin until Saturday. Photo: Italian Navy / AP


5) Members of counternarcotics police destroy a cocaine production laboratory in Puerto Concordia, Meta, Colombia, 25 January 2012, during an operation against FARC drug trafficking infrastructures, in which 17 laboratories were destroyed in southeastern jungles. Two planes, 22 boats, 692 kilograms of coca paste and 13 tons of substances used to produce the drug were seized and 10 people were arrested during the operation. Photo: Mauricio Duenas / EPA


6) Participants in a parade to honor Iraq War veterans make their way along a downtown street Saturday, Jan. 28, in St. Louis, Mo. Thousands turned out to watch the first big welcome home parade in the United States since the last troops left Iraq in December. Photo: Jeff Roberson / AP


7) Austin Tseng watches her doctor perform an ultrasound imaging on her "dragon baby" at the Adventist Hospital in Taipei on January 18, 2012. Some believe that babies born in the auspicious Year of the Dragon in the 12-year zodiac cycle are gifted with prodigious quantities of luck and strength. (Wally Santana/Associated Press)


8) A visitor to the 'Hall of Names' in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem, Jan. 27. The room holds 600 portraits of individual Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II and contains binders documenting more than 4,000,000 of those people. Today marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day on this day in 1945 that the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by Soviet forces. Photo: Jim Hollander / EPA


9) These photos show Stephen Slevin, on the left, in Aug. 2005, at the time of his arrest for drunken driving, and on the right in May 2007, shortly before being released from solitary confinement. A federal jury has awarded $22 million to Slevin, a New Mexico man who was kept in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth after his arrest for drunken driving in Dona Ana County. Civil rights attorney Matt Coyte said the jury awarded Slevin, 58, the damages Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 after a six-day trial in Santa Fe.  Photos: Dona Ana County Sheriff's Dept. via AP


10) A general view of the aurora borealis near the city of Tromso in northern Norway on Jan. 25, 2012. Photo: Rune Stoltz Bertinussen / Scanpix Norway via Reuters. Goran Strand of Östersund, Sweden, took a panoramic photo of Tuesday night's sights and wrapped it into a 360-degree composition titled "Planet Aurora." 


11) Members of the Wildlife Rescue Unit of Sabah's Wildlife Department pet a newly rescued baby elephant in Lahad Datu in Malaysia's state of Sabah on Borneo island, in this handout photo released by Sabah Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit to Reuters on Jan. 25, 2012. Photo: Sabah Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit / Reuters


12) Japanese wild monkeys enjoy an open-air hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park, at Yamanouchi in Nagano prefecture, Japan, on Jan. 24, 2012. Photo: Jiji Press via AFP - Getty Images


13) Swedish brown bear Fred is pictured at his enclosure of the Naturund Umweltpark Guestrow animal park on Jan. 27 in Guestrow, northeastern Germany. The bear just woke up from his hibernation, two weeks earlier than the year before. Photo: Bernd Wustneck / AFP - Getty Images


14) Here's a baby sea lion in the Galapagos Islands. Photo taken and submitted to msnbc.com by Kelly Wallace / UGC


15) Ever see a lilac-breasted roller? The photo was takne in Tanzania and submitted to msnbc.com by Tom Gubala / UGC.


16) Lilly Earp, 8, changes the diaper of her five-week-old sister Emily, Jan. 25, 2012, in their apartment at Hope Gardens Family Center, a homeless shelter for women and children, run by Union Rescue Mission on 77 acres of countryside on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


17) Gennady Sayevich, 79, carries bundles of hay at his house in the village of Tatarka, Belarus, some 106 miles east of Minsk, Jan. 22. Sayevich, the last villager in the abandoned village, surrounded with marsh and forest, lives alone, where the nearest populated village is about 5 miles away. Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters


18) Paul Cook, left, and Al Anderson, both of Madison, do their best to rescue a sinking shanty from Lake Mendota off the shore of Mendota Park in the Town of Westport, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 25. The shanty, used for the men's casual ice hockey group called "The Iceholers," began sinking due to a recent thaw and then froze in place. Anderson and Cook said they planned to use a system of lumber framing and come-alongs to hoist the shanty out of the water, suspending it until the ice refroze underneath it. Photo:Michael P. King / AP


19) Visitors photograph various custom designed coffins, during the "Death - Festival for the Living" exhibit, at the Royal Festival Hall in London, on Jan. 28. Crazy Coffins, an offshoot of a Nottingham-based traditional coffin and urn maker which took on a new identity in the 1990s when people began asking to customize their final resting places, presents uncanny coffins as part of the exhibit. The "Death - Festival for the Living" exhibit is open from Jan. 20-29. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP - Getty Images


20) NFL cheerleaders appear at an event in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Pro Bowl will be played there today. Photo: CW Abas Photography


21) YIKES! Would you take her home to meet Mom? Mexican tattoo star Mary Jose Cristerna, better known as "La Mujer Vampiro" (Female Vampire), poses during a tattoo exhibition in Caracas on Friday. Photo: Jorge Silva / Reuters


AND FINALLY,


22) This new "Blue Marble" image of Earth was produced by the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite: Suomi NPP. The composite image was assembled from image data captured from a number of swaths of Earth's surface on Jan. 4. The NPP satellite was renamed "Suomi NPP" on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin, who is considered the father of satellite meteorology.  Photo: NASA / NOAA / Suomi VPP / VIRS / Norman Kuring. And here is a huge 8,000-by-8,000-pixel version of Blue Marble 2012.

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