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Number of Wisconsin homicides rose in 2007

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The number of homicides in Wisconsin jumped more than 10 percent last year.

  The state Office of Justice Assistance's annual crime statistics report tallied 183 homicides in 2007, up 11 percent from 165 in 2006.

  The murder rate in 2007 was 3.2 per 100,000 state residents.

  The national average was 5.6 per 100,000 people.

  Eighty-one percent of Wisconsin homicide victims were adults.

  Sixty-three percent of the homicides involved a gun.

  Of those, 70 percent involved handguns.

  Investigators made an arrest in 84 percent of the homicides, a slight increase from the year before. The national clearance rate for homicides last year was 61 percent.

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