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Republicans headed home Sunday from their state convention in Lake Geneva, confident they'll keep the White House in 2008, and win back the state Senate. Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau targeted three Democrats for defeat: Roger Breske of Eland, Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie and Dave Hansen of Green Bay. Delegates joined Fitzgerald in railing Gov. Jim Doyle's proposed state budget which has more than $1.75 billion dollars in tax and fee increases. Delegates wore buttons with red circles crossing out the words "fees" and "taxes." Former U.S. Sen.
Anglers on Lake Winnebago are worried that a deadly virus will kill the fish and ruin a multi-million-dollar sporting industry. Hundreds of sheepshead have been killed in Wisconsin's largest inland lake and it's blamed on viral hemorrhagic septicemia. VHS was first found in Lake Huron in 2005 and has spread from there. State officials said it was only a matter of time before it got here. But Mike Staggs of the Department of Natural Resources wonders why the virus skipped Lake Michigan on the way. The disease only affects cold-blooded animals, so there are no health effects for humans.
A search continues today (Monday) for four La Crosse residents who are presumed dead near a swirling lock and- dam in the Mississippi River near Dresbach, Minn. An air and water search took place Sunday but the only things found were the victims' shoes and life jackets. Cha Kong Yang, 34, his fiancée, Cee Her, 34, and her two young children, Amanda and Josh Xiong, all fell from a fishing boat in rough waters. It happened late Saturday afternoon. The family moved recently from St.
MADISON -- With the final two events this weekend, just 10 points separate Wisconsin and Minnesota in the third annual Border Battle. Wisconsin has 405 and Minnesota has 395 points as for the second time in three years, the battle for the cup comes down to the last weekend of the season. The 40 points earned by the each of the men's and women's track teams at the Big Ten Conference Championship this Saturday and Sunday will determine the winner.
Chronic wasting disease has not been found in far northern Wisconsin. But whether it stays that way will depend on new tests by the Department of Natural Resources. The agency plans to gather about 500 deer heads in 18 northern and northwest counties this year. They'll be tested for bovine tuberculosis, as well as CWD. Similar tests have been done in other parts of the state. But only in southern Wisconsin have wild deer tested positive for the fatal brain disease. The DNR says hunters will donate most of the deer heads during this year's seasons.
The Green Bay Packers have decided not to offer a contract to University of Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco. He had a three-day try-out last weekend at the Packers' post-draft rookie camp. His agent, John Drana, says Stocco will now have a similar audition with the New York Giants. Drana said his client was disappointed, but he realized his chances of making the Packers were slim. He says Stocco will keep looking for,"the right team and the right situation at the right time." The Packers also said no to giving former UW-La Crosse basketball star Joe Werner a contract.
University of Wisconsin's Joe Thomas will not compete in this weekend's Big Ten Conference outdoor track meet at Penn State. That's because the NFL's Cleveland Browns won't let him throw the shot-put. The Browns drafted Thomas as the third overall pick a week-and-a-half ago and because they want to protect their investment they said no when Badgers' track coach Ed Nuttycombe asked for permission to let Thomas compete. He had a legitimate shot at a league title.
Two former supervisors at a group home near Wausau are accused of sexually assaulting a mentally-disabled girl. Daniel Kurth, 39, Wausau, and Robert Thorpe, 54, Aniwa, are charged in Marathon County with eight counts of second-degree sexual assault, having intercourse with a child, and exposure. The girl was 17 at the time with a brain injury which caused her to have short-term memory loss. She was living at a Lutheran Social Services home in Weston when the two supervisors working alone on different shifts reportedly molested her between August of 2005 and January 2006. Kurth and Thorpe w
The Wisconsin PGA will try to get more kids to play golf. The association's board has approved a three-year program in which professionals will teach golf in elementary phy-ed classes and it won't cost the schools anything. The sectional PGA is starting to raise $1.6 million for the effort. It will match the first quarter-million in donations. The emergence of Tiger Woods has turned pro golf into a major spectator sport, but it has not translated to more players.
Wal-Mart says it will work harder to make sure its organic food items are the real thing. That's after the Cornucopia Institute in Bayfield County filed a complaint with the state, alleging that the world's largest retailer mislabeled its organic products. The company says the green shelf tags it uses to identify organic foods could have been misplaced inadvertently, or were moved in front of the wrong items. Wal-Mart says it's working with its employees to check the tags on a regular basis, to make sure they stay accurate. The firm says it's not a labeling problem, because the U.S.