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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is one of three teams still in the hunt for the NCAA Division 3 softball championship. The Blugolds won two elimination games in the loser's bracket Sunday. They beat Emory of Georgia 3-1 and Plattsburgh State of New York 6-5. UW-Eau Claire will play top-seeded Linfield of Oregon Monday in the final of the loser's bracket. That winner will then have a shot at unbeaten Washington of St. Louis later Monday for the national crown. Mandy Tschernach went 3 for 3 for UW-Eau Claire against Emory and she drove in two runs including the game-winner.
Vernand Morency is still the Green Bay Packers' leading candidate at running back after this weekend's mini-camp. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said Morency is elusive with good feet and he's getting to be as physical as Ahman Green, who left for Houston during the off-season. Morency said he was glad quarterback Brett Favre showed up at camp. He said Favre helped him fix a problem with one of his plays that would not have gotten addressed had the veteran quarterback stayed away. The Packers acquired Morency almost a year ago in a trade that sent Samkon Gado to the Texans.
Geoff Jenkins hit his 200th career homer and drove in five runs, as the Milwaukee Brewers edged Minnesota 6-5 Sunday at Miller Park. Francisco Cordero had his Major League-leading 17th save in 17 opportunities. That ties him with Dan Kolb and Rollie Fingers for the longest save streak in Brewer history. Milwaukee came back from a 2-0deficit as Jenkins hit a three-run blast to tie the game. He then won it in the seventh with his second RBI single of the day. J.J. Hardy went 2-4 and drove in the other Brewers' run.
Wisconsin has a new "water czar." Jeff Ripp is starting his second week as the water conservation coordinator for the state's Public Service Commission. Ripp will study preservation practices, monitor supplies around the state and look for ways to encourage folks to save water. Ripp will also examine new technologies and national industry practices, anything Wisconsin's 600 water utilities can use to be more efficient. The PSC created the water czar's post after Gov.
Steven Avery's request for a new trial will be debated in court Tuesday, 10 days before he's scheduled to be sentenced in the slaying of Teresa Halbach. Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, defense lawyers, wrote a 39-page document trying to prove that the state denied Avery a fair trial in February and March.
The sheriff's department in Appleton has referred 90 of its jail inmates to immigration authorities over the last six months. Outagamie County authorities adopted a policy to screen all inmates they believe are in the U.S. illegally. It used to be that only suspects in serious crimes had their immigration status checked. But Lt. Ron Yow, the jail's supervisor, tells the Appleton Post-Crescent it doesn't matter what the crime might be anymore. He said it helped that the U.S.
It's been two years since Amie's Law took effect in Wisconsin. Police have only used it eight times to notify neighborhoods about new residents who committed sex crimes when they were juveniles. Until 2005, police could only inform people about sex offenders who committed their crimes as adults. That changed after Amie Zyla, 19, of Waukesha was molested by a 23-year-old man who did time for sex crimes as a child. But the neighbors never knew about his past because his juvenile records were sealed. Zyla got both state and federal lawmakers to pass measures allowing public notifications for
The search continues for a 10-year-old boy missing in the Mississippi River near La Crosse. Joshua Xiong was one of four family members who fell from a fishing boat in rough waters near the lock and dam at Dresbach, Minn. The bodies of his sister, mother and soon-to-be stepfather were found late last week. Boats and officers from at least 20 law enforcement agencies joined the search for Joshua on Saturday. Sunday, officials hoped those taking part in a fishing tournament would run across the youngster but there's no word that it happened. The mother, See Her, 34, had a memorial service a
A pharmacist reprimanded for not giving birth control to a college student in Menomonie -- and later fired at a drug store near La Crosse -- has lost a federal court challenge. Neil Noesen claimed his civil rights were violated when Wal-Mart in Onalaska released him after five days on the job. He cited religious discrimination because he refused to serve birth-control customers against his Catholic beliefs. But the federal appeals court in Chicago said Noesen's actions put an undue hardship on Wal-Mart and the firm did not discriminate when letting him go.
For 50 years, the school board in Osceola would do its business and then share a late meal or snacks after everybody else went home. But that tradition came to a sudden halt after a newspaper's editor and publisher came back after a meeting last month and found the members still discussing school business behind the public's back. That would be against the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law which requires that all matters be discussed in public with certain exceptions. Kyle Weaver, editor of the weekly Sun in Osceola, filed a complaint with the Polk County district attorney and he expects a decisi