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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has said he's sworn off cheese as a way to prolong his career for as long as he can. That could be good news for Packers fans ... not so good news for Vikings fans. (Raymond T. Rivard photo)
Packers QB swears off cheese

GREEN BAY -- Aaron Rodgers has stopped eating one of Wisconsin's signature food products. 

The Green Bay Packers quarterback says he and the team's nutritionist did some research after Rodgers had minor knee surgery during the off-season. He says he cut out cheese and other dairy products, and ate more of a vegan diet -- mostly fruits and vegetables with some chicken and red meat. 

The 32-year-old Rodgers says he's eating smarter to extend his playing career -- and his new diet is reducing inflammation and bringing new hope that he can play until he's 40. The two time league MVP says his less fatty diet has caused him to lose weight -- and he's now at 218 pounds, his lightest since 2007.

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Walker: I don't trust Clinton

APPLETON – Gov. Scott Walker says he still believes that any of the 17 Republicans who ran for president last year would be better than Hillary Clinton. 

Multiple media tallies show that Clinton now has enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination and become the first female nominee of a major party. The Republican Walker said in AppletonMonday that he's not backing Donald Trump out of party loyalty -- but instead, he says Clinton has "consistently misled" and "outright lied" to the American people. 

Walker, who ran for the White House last year, said Trump was never his first choice. The governor says the two "fundamentally" disagree on issues that include Trump's recent comment that a judge of Mexican descent withdraw from a case involving Trump University due to the candidate's support of a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border.

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Wisconsin honeybees dying at high rates

FOND DU LAC -- Beekeepers in Wisconsin are having to import honeybees from other states following a dramatic die-off last season. 

According to the Fond du Lac Reporter, 60 percent of the state's bees died over the winter, higher than the 44-percent death rate nationally according to the U-S Department of Agriculture. Insecticides, global warming and a parasitic mite are blamed for the sharp increase in bee deaths. The mite has impacted nearly every hive in the state.

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UW president seeks one-third increase in student financial aid

MADISON -- It's been five years since the University of Wisconsin has been allowed to increase its total financial aid for students in need. 

UW President Ray Cross will try to change that, when he asks the Board of Regents this week to seek a 33 percent increase in need based financial aid for undergraduate Wisconsin residents. 

If approved, the total pot would rise by $19 million to a total of $77 million for the next two-year budget period. The governor and Legislature will have the final say, and Republican 

Gov. Scott Walker's office is not saying what he might do until he proposes his next state budget to lawmakers in February. His office notes that Walker froze tuition the past four years for state undergrads -- and spokesman Tom Evenson says it shows that the governor is committed to keeping college affordable.

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Feingold: Johnson should have spoken out sooner

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold says incumbent Ron Johnson should not have waited for four days to condemn Donald Trump's remark about Judge Gonzalo Curiel. 

Johnson joined a growing chorus of Republicans Monday in telling Trump to retract his comment from last Thursday that Curiel should withdraw from lawsuits involving Trump University because the judge is of Mexican descent, and Trump wants to a build a "wall" at the U.S. border with Mexico. 

Johnson spokesman Brian Reisinger says it's not the first time the senator has agreed with Trump's reasoning -- even though Johnson supports Trump in general. 

The judge was born in Indiana to parents who were born in Mexico. The Democrat Feingold's campaign called the Trump comments "racist," and Johnson should have acted quicker to condemn them.

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Air Wisconsin to close Milwaukee facility

MILWAUKEE -- Air Wisconsin plans to close its Milwaukee facility in mid August, leaving 53 people out of work. 

The Appleton company has told the state's workforce development agency that it lost a contract with United Airlines, and that's the reason for the shutdown. Fifty unionized passenger agents and three administrators will be let go once the facility closes at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport.

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New leader for Oshkosh military vehicle division

OSHKOSH -- Wisconsin's maker of military trucks has a new leader. 

John Bryant was named Monday as president of the Oshkosh Corporation's Defense Division. He was previously the division's senior vice president, and had been with the Oshkosh Corporation since 2010. Bryant spent 28 years with the Marines before retiring with the rank of colonel. Before joining Oshkosh, Bryant was a professor at the Defense Acquisition University in Virginia.

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Motive for Milwaukee double murder still a mystery

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Police were still trying Monday to find out why two men were shot to death at a trash container in a north side neighborhood. 

Police now say the victims are Diamond Webb and Westley Barksdale, both 31 years old. One of the bodies was found in garbage, while the second body was found close by. Both victims were shot several times. Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the shootings. So far, no arrests have been made.

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Oneida woman charged in 2015 fatal house fire

GREEN BAY -- A Green Bay area woman is due back in court Fridayfor allegedly causing the death of an 89-year-old man in a house fire last June. 

Forty-seven-year-old Roni Coonen Anderson of Oneida made her first appearance in Brown County Circuit Court Monday on charges of arson and felony murder. Bond was set at $100,000. Prosecutors say Anderson would not let others help Harold Ambrosius of Hobart, who died from smoke and soot inhalation plus complications from his high blood pressure during a fire at his home on June 12th of 2015. Anderson also accused of starting a second fire at a quarry's office last October.

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Madison zoo loses its oldest resident

MADISON -- The longest living resident of the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison has died. 

Officials said Monday that 44-year-old white rhinoceros George was in deteriorating health, and the zoo staff decided it more humane to euthanize the popular animal. 

The zoo says George was among the 10 oldest living white rhinos in North America's accredited facilities. He arrived at the Madison zoo in 1976 with a female rhino named Gracie -- and she died in 2012 at age 42. Officials say the pair lived longer than the average age of a white rhino in the wild -- about 20 to 30 years.

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