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    Wisconsin team works to defend snow sculpting championship

    LAKE GENEVA (AP) — A Wisconsin snow sculpting team that won the last two national championships is trying to defend their trophy in Lake Geneva. The U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday along Geneva Lake. David Andrews, Jason Anhorn and Steve Bateman make up one of the Wisconsin teams. They are following up their last two wins with a sculpture of two connected trees this year. Andrews has been part of seven championship teams […]

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    Green Bay Packers dump special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum after gaffes

    GREEN BAY (AP) — The Green Bay Packers released special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum on Friday, less than two weeks after mistakes marred their loss in the NFC title game in Seattle. Coach Mike McCarthy announced the move and thanked Slocum, who was with Green Bay for nine years and helped the team win the Super Bowl following the 2010 season. Green Bay blew a 16-0 lead in the 28-22 overtime loss to the Seahawks, who benefited from a pair […]

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    Three more children have died of flu complications in Wisconsin

    MADISON (AP) — State health officials say three more children have died from flu complications in Wisconsin, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths to five. The latest report from the state Department of Health Services says this flu season is second only to 2009 when the swine flu caused the deaths of six children. In the U.S. this season, Wisconsin is behind only Texas with seven pediatric deaths. There have been 56 pediatric flu deaths across the country so far […]

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    Bucks erase 17 game losing streak in Orlando, 115-100

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points, Jared Dudley and Khris Middleton had 17 apiece and the Milwaukee Bucks ended a 17-game losing streak in Orlando with a 115-100 victory on Thursday night. The Bucks-who had lost 17 games in a row in Orlando since 2004-never trailed and placed seven players in double figures, including all five starters.   Brandon Knight, who was not chosen as an All-Star reserve, had 16 points and eight assists.  O.J. Mayo scored 13 points and John […]

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    School officials vote to retain Berlin Indians mascot

    BERLIN (AP) — Berlin Area School District officials have decided the high school mascot will remain the same amid criticism that it’s racially insensitive. The school board voted Monday night, January 26th to retain the Indian mascot at Berlin High School after survey results were announced. About 92 percent of more than 1,300 community members surveyed voted in favor of keeping the mascot. One resident says the name honors a Native American tribe that no longer exists. But another resident […]

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    Bipartisan group of senators wants to put an end to travel ban to Cuba

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators wants to end travel restrictions on Americans seeking to go to Cuba, saying it would help foster change in the Communist island nation. Current law generally bans travel to Cuba, although there are numerous exceptions. Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said similar legislation to end the ban has cleared the Senate in the past. The bill faces obstacles in the House and Senate. In addition to Flake, Republican Sen. John Boozman of […]

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    Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald renewing call for passage of right-to-work bill

    MADISON (AP) — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin state Senate is renewing his call for passage of a right-to-work bill. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald issued a statement Thursday, January 29th saying debate of right-to-work needs to occur along with consideration of the state budget. Walker will release his budget plan on Tuesday, February 3rd. Walker has repeatedly said he doesn’t want the Legislature to act early in the session on right-to-work, but he also is a longtime supporter […]

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    UW president orders cost-saving tactics ahead of budget cuts

    MADISON(AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has ordered immediate cost-saving moves after Gov. Scott Walker announced he wants to slash the system’s funding. The Republican governor is grappling with a $2 billion deficit in the next state budget. He said the spending plan he’ll present next week will cut $300 million from the system but hand it more independence. Cross sent a memo Wednesday to all employees involved in system administration ordering immediate moratoriums on hiring non-essential […]

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    Packers fans caught in Super Bowl ticket mess still waiting

    GREEN BAY (AP) — The National Football League continues to make good on the Super Bowl ticket debacle four years ago in Texas. Pete D’Amico, of Ellison Bay, and his son were among the hundreds of fans who had tickets to that game, but were initially turned away because temporary seating at Cowboys Stadium was deemed unsafe. The affected fans were given the option of a monetary reimbursement or tickets to a future Super Bowl of their choice. D’Amico chose a […]

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    Senator Tammy Baldwin tells VA to interview whistleblowers

    MADISON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is asking that the lead investigator probing allegations of opiate over prescription and retaliatory practices at a VA hospital in Tomah take into account the testimony of whistleblowers. In a letter Thursday, Baldwin asked that VA Under Secretary Carolyn Clancy consider concerns not addressed in an earlier report. Baldwin says an investigation published in March was not thorough in its reporting of opiate-prescribing practices. A 35-year-old Marine died of an overdose in the inpatient […]

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    Parents accused of abducting children from Vegas in 2006, kids found in Pleasant Prairie

    LAKE COUNTY, Ill. (WITI/AP) — Authorities say a man and a woman have been arrested in Illinois for allegedly kidnapping their children from Las Vegas nine years ago. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year old Maria Rosaline Malagon-Castillo and 39-year old Manuel Ruiz-Garcia fled Nevada to avoid an investigation of Malagon-Castillo’s alleged drug use during pregnancy. They did not have custody of the children. They were arrested late Tuesday, January 27th when a Sheriff’s deputy spotted suspicious activity […]

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    Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy thanks fans for sympathies, outpouring of support

    GREEN BAY (AP) — Packers coach Mike McCarthy is thanking friends, fans and the NFL community for their condolences following the death of his brother last week. McCarthy said in a statement Wednesday that that outpouring of support was overwhelming and appreciated. “On behalf of the entire McCarthy and Grumbine families, I would like to thank all those who have offered their condolences and support since my brother Joseph passed last week. The outpouring of support we have received from […]


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