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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team just barely escaped NCAA sanctions for academic reasons. A report released Wednesday said the Panthers were below the 60 percent graduation success rate with an academic progress score of 916 for the last three years. That's just below the required 925 and the national average of 928 for men's basketball. But the Panthers went above the minimum when statistical adjustments for squad sizes were taken into account. Coach Rob Jeter says his team does stress academics and they've been pro-active in doing it.
PRESCOTT - A motor vehicle accident helped cause an explosion that killed the operator of the vehicle and injured a Prescott police officer on the scene Saturday evening. A pick-up truck collided with a house on the northwest corner of the intersection of Pearl and Hampshire streets. The truck had been northbound on Pearl St. when it left the roadway and struck the south side of the house at 1010 Pearl St. The front of the truck was embedded six feet into the home and it damaged a natural gas meter on the side of the house and caused a gas leak.
The flu season is officially here. Wisconsin recorded its first official case yesterday, after a 35-year-old woman got sick in Vernon County. State health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot. They also urge good hygiene -- like keeping your hands off your nose and mouth, and staying home from work or school if you're sick. Wisconsin's flu season normally runs from early December to March. The most cases occur in January or early February.
A woman from Madison is accused of getting thousands in donations for a cancer she never had. Angelia Culberson, 36, was charged this week in Columbia County with felony theft. Attorneys will meet with a judge on Tuesday to decide how the case will proceed.
MADISON -- Kraft Foods, which owns Madison-based Oscar Mayer, may soon become an independent company. Kraft was bought by Phillip Morris, later called the Altria Group, in the 1980s. According to Dan Olszewski, director of the Weinart Center For Entrepreneurship at University of Wisconsin-Madison, many expected Altria to spin off Kraft at a recent board meeting, but so far nothing has happened. He says Kraft has been moving towards a split for some time.
BELOIT -- The chair of the Bad River Band of Chippewa and city officials in Beloit are celebrating a temporary victory in their efforts to build a casino. A bill in Congress aimed at restricting the spread of off-reservation casinos failed to get the two-thirds vote needed for passage. Beloit has been working with the Bad River Tribe for five years to get approval for a three-hundred to four-hundred million-dollar casino that city leaders say would create thousands of jobs and pump millions of dollars into the local economy.
Veterans issues are becoming a key part of the campaign of Isaac Weix who is running for the 29th Assembly District. Weix is a U.S. Marine Corps reservist who recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq and now runs a hardware store in Elmwood - a store he co-owns with his brother. "Politicians are good at writing benefits, but bad at setting up the bureaucracy that runs them," said Weix who is running as a Republican to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Andy Lamb.
The father of a Wisconsin soldier killed in Iraq last month says military officials have ordered soldiers in his son's unit not to cooperate with an investigation into the allegedly poor training they received before they went to Iraq. But a National Guard spokesman says a new order issued last week makes it clear the soldiers can speak freely. Stephen Castner's son complained about inadequate training at Camp Shelby before he went to Iraq.
Gov. Jim Doyle has directed state regulators to let businesses sell ethanol-based fuel at lower prices than Wisconsin's "minimum markup" law would normally allow. Doyle's order was prompted by a situation in Monroe, where Badger State Ethanol dropped the price on its E-85 fuel to a little more than two dollars per gallon over Memorial Day weekend.
The state has tracked down 17 criminals from its most wanted sex offenders list. Law enforcement leaders compiled the list based on criteria ranging from the seriousness of the offenders' crimes to their overall criminal histories. Gov. Jim Doyle's administration says that of those offenders the state found, 14 are now in custody, one is dead, another was deported, and another posted bond while he awaits a felony trial. Doyle also says that 88 percent of Wisconsin's sex offenders now comply with the law that requires them to keep the state posted on their whereabouts.