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  • Wisconsin voter ID opponents file reconsideration motion Sep 17, 2014 9:22 AM
    Civil rights advocates have filed a petition asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that reinstated Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law.

  • Search continues for missing McHenry boater Sep 17, 2014 9:15 PM
    Authorities have been searching a Kenosha County, Wisconsin, lake for a missing fisherman from McHenry. The search on Silver Lake began Tuesday night after family members reported 66-year-old John Spoor had not returned from his fishing trip.

  • Man arrested after dead cows found in Wisconsin Sep 16, 2014 8:15 AM
    Authorities say a 47-year-old western Wisconsin man was arrested after officials discovered 25 dead cows on his farm. The Barron County sheriff’s office says the man was taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of mistreating animals and failing to provide food and drink to animals.

  • Wisconsin needs $760 million more for Medicaid Sep 16, 2014 10:15 AM
    The state Department of Health Services says it needs $760 million more over the next two-year state budget to pay for current services in the Medicaid program. The new estimate was included in the agency’s budget request submitted to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration made public Tuesday. That budget begins in mid-2015. The governor will submit a budget proposal to the Legislature early next year.

  • Wisconsin man accused of killing half-brother reaches deal Sep 16, 2014 1:15 PM
    A man accused of fatally beating his autistic half-brother and hiding his body has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in Dane County. Jeffrey Vogelsberg returned to court Tuesday and pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide in the 2012 death of 27-year-old Matthew Granville. Vogelsberg’s trial on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and intimidating a witness began last week. The trial stalled Thursday when the defendant was admitted to the hospital with an unidentified medical condition. WISC-TV reports the original charges will be dismissed under terms of the deal. Prosecutors will ask that Vogelsberg be sentenced to 12 years in prison and seven years of extended supervision. The defense will ask for eight years in prison. The charge carries a maximum of 15 years.

  • Body of retreat owner found in submerged car Sep 16, 2014 1:16 PM
    Authorities say one of the owners of a western Wisconsin retreat has been found dead in a submerged car on the property.Polk County sheriff’s officials say the body of 39-year-old Blair Piper was discovered Sunday at the Big Rock Creek Retreat north of St. Croix Falls. The Star Tribune reports investigators haven’t said how the car became submerged up to it roof line.

  • Judge halts proceedings in child stabbing case Sep 16, 2014 10:22 AM
    A judge halted court proceedings Monday for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional character called Slender Man while the girl undergoes a competency evaluation. The girl’s attorney, Maura McMahon, told Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren during a brief hearing that a psychologist has questioned the girl’s competency.

  • Palatine man’s defense still waiting on evidence in 1997 slaying Sep 16, 2014 6:18 PM
    The defense attorney for a Palatine man accused of killing 14-year-old runaway Amber Creek in 1997 and dumping her body in a Wisconsin wildlife refuge told a judge Tuesday she hasn’t seen even half of the evidence prosecutors could use against her client at a possible trial. The slow handover of evidence against James P. Eaton is delaying his ability to mount a defense, which could require hiring expert witnesses to address forensic evidence authorities say link him to the slaying, said public defender Katie Gutowski.

  • Vietnam soldiers receive Medal of Honor Sep 15, 2014 2:29 PM
    Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm’s way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully realized by a nation divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War.

  • On the road: Local brews featured at Logan Square Beer Fest Sep 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    Twenty craft breweries (including 3 Floyds, Ale Syndicate, Bells, Berghoff, Lagunitas, Lake Front and Metropolitan) and more than 50 beers will be featured in the Logan Square Beer Fest. Andersonville's City Made Fest is a celebration of all of things made in Chicago, featuring an array of Chicago-based musicians, brewers and artisans. And Green County, Wisconsin, is home to Monroe's Cheese Days celebration at the Courthouse Square.

  • Police: Wisconsin man shocks daughter with collar Sep 12, 2014 9:12 AM
    Authorities have charged a Sheboygan man who they say used a dog’s shock collar on his 7-year-old daughter. Sheboygan Press Media reports 28-year-old Zachary Kacmar was charged Thursday with felony physical abuse of a child. Police arrested him Wednesday after his wife called authorities.

  • Lighthouse on Door County island going high-tech Sep 11, 2014 9:24 AM
    A lighthouse on an uninhabited Door County island is going high-tech. Plum Island sits off the end of the peninsula that forms Wisconsin’s “thumb.” Federal officials are planning to replace its historic lighthouse lens with an LED lantern.

  • Wisconsin farmer accused of killing puppies Sep 11, 2014 9:24 AM
    A 68-year-old Dorchester farmer faces felony animal mistreatment charges for allegedly killing eight puppies with a sledgehammer. Terrence Seubert was charged in Marathon County with eight felony counts of mistreatment of animals causing death.

  • Wisconsin agencies set up new voter ID process Sep 11, 2014 10:37 AM
    Wisconsin officials said Wednesday they’ve set up a free process to verify birth information for people looking for state identification cards to vote but who lack birth certificates. The announcement comes after the state Supreme last month upheld a Republican-authored law that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls. The high court’s decision said the state can’t require someone seeking an ID to vote to pay fees for supporting documents, however.

  • Police: 40-pound pet tortoise recovered in Kenosha Sep 11, 2014 10:37 AM
    Kenosha police say a 40-pound tortoise worth about $4,000 has been recovered after its owner reported it stolen. Police say the pet tortoise was eating grass on the front lawn of a house when it was taken on Monday. They say it was dropped off at a Kenosha pet store Wednesday and they’re treating it as a theft.

  • Wisconsin DNR says bat disease limited to 1 mine Sep 10, 2014 8:31 AM
    Wisconsin wildlife officials say a deadly bat disease hasn’t spread beyond a single Grant County mine. The Department of Natural Resources found signs of white-nose syndrome in the mine during surveys of 135 mines and caves between January and March.

  • Prosecutor: Wisconsin man tormented half brother Sep 10, 2014 8:31 AM
    A former Wisconsin man accused of killing his half brother and then hiding the body would torment the autistic man, beating him with a board and shooting him with a BB gun, a prosecutor alleged in opening statements Tuesday.

  • 2nd girl in Wisconsin’s Slender Man case unfit for trial Sep 10, 2014 1:55 PM
    A psychologist has determined the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate 19 times in an attempt to please a fictional character called Slender Man has mental health problems that make her unfit to stand trial, her attorney contends.

  • Wisconsin’s fall turkey season starts Sept. 13 Sep 9, 2014 8:43 AM
    Wisconsin wildlife officials are reminding hunters that the state’s fall turkey season begins Saturday. The state Department of Natural Resources says more than 80,000 hunters have applied for a fall permit.

  • Enterovirus not yet found in Wisconsin Sep 9, 2014 8:45 AM
    Health officials say there’s no evidence that a severe respiratory illness that has sickened hundreds of children in more than 10 states has been found in Wisconsin.

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