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4/21/2014
2nd Democrat Declares Run for WI Governor
Wisconsin Assembly Democrat Brett Hulsey said today he'll run for governor against Mary Burke in a mid-August primary.  The Madison lawmaker would have to give up his legislative post for a chance to unseat Republican Scott Walker this fall.  If elected, Hulsey said he would invest over two-billion dollars to create clean-energy jobs, expand job training, and give more money to public schools and colleges.  He said people want a real plan to get Wisconsinites back to work, not quote, "more divisive politics."  Hulsey has been in the Assembly for four years, and was on the Dane County Board for 14 years.  He has also been a leader in the Sierra Club.  Last year, there was speculation that Hulsey would have a primary challenger for his Assembly post -- and he was thinking about running as an independent to avoid that.  One of Hulsey's aides complained that he brought a box-cutter to his office in 2013 and urged her to train for self-defense.  In 2012, he was fined 114-dollars for pushing a nine-year-old stranger off an inner-tube at a Madison beach.
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4/21/2014
Outside Agencies Must Investigate Deaths of Suspects
It appears that Wisconsin's largest police departments will lose the ability to investigate their own officers involved in the deaths of suspects.  And that's got officials bracing for a culture shift.  Governor Scott Walker has indicated that he'll sign a bill requiring all Wisconsin law enforcement to use outside investigators in officer-involved deaths.  That's standard procedure for smaller agencies -- but for the first time, the Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay police departments will be judged by outsiders.  The Associated Press quotes experts who say those outside investigators could be treated with animosity.  Green Bay lieutenant Chad Ramos expects a number of unknowns.  He said his department has transparent investigations, and he wonders why his officers cannot be trusted to investigate themselves.  Dane County and Madison have a pool of investigators that can look into any officer-involved death throughout the county.  Milwaukee County has been talking about the same thing.  Lawmakers of both parties proposed the requirement after three high-profile deaths of suspects by officers in Milwaukee, Madison, and Kenosha.  The state Justice Department said officers killed 41 people from 2008 through last April -- and all were found to be justified.
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4/21/2014
Anglers Soon Able to Keep Bass in Northern WI
For the first time in 22 years, anglers in northern Wisconsin can keep the bass they catch.  Ever since 1992, fishing participants have had a catch-and-release bass season in the north.  Now, the D-N-R says the species is doing so well, that it can survive the removal of more bass.  The large-mouth season runs from May third until the start of next March, and the take-home policy for those will take effect right away.  Small-mouth bass must still be returned until June 20th, and they can be taken home after that.  Anglers will have daily total bass limits of five.
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4/21/2014
Powerball Jackpot Climbs
The Powerball jackpot is up to 150-million dollars for Wednesday night.  Nobody claimed the top prize during the Easter weekend.  A ticket sold in Rice Lake won the 10-thousand-dollar third prize by matching four regular numbers plus the Powerball.  Almost 11-thousand Wisconsin players won smaller prizes ranging from four-dollars to 500.  Saturday's numbers were 5, 6, 29, 35, and 51.  The Powerball was 21, and the Power Play multiplier was five.   The current jackpot has been building since March 22nd, and it has rolled over seven times.  Wednesday night's cash option is just over 87-and-a-half million dollars.  In Mega Millions, the top prize is 48-million dollars for tomorrow night.
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4/21/2014
DNR Investigating Brutal Winter's Effect on Deer Herd
The brutal winter has Wisconsin wildlife experts working overtime to see how the state's deer herd was damaged.  The D-N-R is examining deer killed by vehicles, and they're watching the survival rates of over 200 deer which have radio-tracking collars in northern and eastern zones.  Officials said about 30-percent of the collared fawns in the northern Wisconsin forests have died -- along with 15-percent in the eastern farm areas.  Adult deer are doing better.  Only six-percent of the northern adults with radio collars have died, along with two-percent in the east farmlands.  Some of those deer were snapped up by predators -- while others starved to death or were hit by vehicles.  The radio-collar review is part of a four-year survival study.  The D-N-R is looking for at least 10 deer carcasses from each of the 72 counties, so they can determine the winter's effects on pregnancy rates, fat content, and other key biological signs.
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4/21/2014
Motorcycle Hit and Run
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says its looking for the driver of a motorcycle that fled the scene of a crash Saturday in Hager City. Deputies say 26-year-old Benjamin Brener was on his motorcycle turning onto County Road VV from the Border Lounge parking lot when he was hit by another motorcycle. Deputies believe a man was driving the maroon-colored-motorcycle and there was a female passenger.
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4/18/2014
Eau Claire County Highway F to Close Monday
From News Release:   Beginning Monday, April 21, County F under I-94 in Eau Claire will be closed while contractors work on the I-94 bridge. The work is part of the I-94 reconstruction project. Motorists will need to find an alternate route during the closure which is expected to last 28 days. The closure is needed for contractors to widen and pour a new deck on the I-94 bridge. Motorists are encouraged to dial 511 or visit www.511wi.gov for up-to-the-minute information on highway and travel conditions in Wisconsin.
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