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Vikings hopeful, noncommittal with Bridgewater

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have not committed to Teddy Bridgewater playing at Green Bay on his sprained left ankle. Two days after his injury, however, the quarterback is “doing much better,” according to coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer said Bridgewater’s participation in practice Tuesday would be more mental than physical. The team planned More >

Big Ten West teams step up

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – One of the prevailing notions heading into the season was that the Big Ten East could end up being a lot better than the West. It didn’t look that way last weekend. Northwestern buried Penn State as road underdogs. Minnesota did the same to Michigan in Ann Arbor. Nebraska continued its unbeaten start with More >

Superior police investigate fatal shooting

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – Police in Superior are investigating a fatal shooting. Authorities say officers were called to a home about 7 p.m. Tuesday. A resident in the home told investigators she was upstairs when she heard gunshots, went downstairs and found the victim on the floor unresponsive. Officers moved the unconscious man across the More >

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of YMCA properties

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A federal bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of four suburban Milwaukee YMCA properties for $9 million. The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee filed for bankruptcy in June after its debt rose to $29 million. The sale will allow the Milwaukee Y to restructure into a more urban organization. The YMCA of Central More >

Wisconsin officials warn drivers of deer crashes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says drivers should stay alert for deer this fall after more than 18,000 vehicle crashes with deer were reported last year. Post-Crescent Media reports (http://post.cr/1ud6VWi ) the agency says most wrecks occur in October and November due to the mating season. It says eight people died in More >

Sharply divided appeals court explains ID ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A sharply divided federal appeals court has issued dueling opinions explaining its ruling last week not to reconsider its decision allowing Wisconsin’s voter identification law to go into effect. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday issued the two opinions. Five judges on Friday said they wanted to hold a More >

Arrest in double homicide in Berlin

BERLIN, Wis. (AP) – A man previously questioned and held in a double homicide in Berlin has been arrested. Berlin police say the 33-year-old man was taken into custody Tuesday night and booked into the Green Lake County Jail on two possible charges of first-degree intentional homicide. Melissa Tuinstra and Justin Daniels were found with More >

Milwaukee schools appoint female superintendent

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin’s largest school district has appointed its first permanent female superintendent. The Milwaukee School Board unanimously voted to appoint Darienne Driver to the position Tuesday. The 36-year-old has been serving as the district’s interim leader for three months. School Board Director Michael Bonds calls Driver a “visionary” and says she will continue the district’s More >

DNR reminds hunters to hold fire on swans, cranes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials are reminding waterfowl hunters to leave trumpeter swans and whooping cranes alone. Department of Natural Resources officials say more trumpeter swans and whooping cranes are taking to the skies en route to their winter homes. Both species are protected in Wisconsin and hunters can’t legally kill them, but DNR More >

Wisconsin man pleads guilty in parents’ killings

WASHBURN, Wis. (AP) – An Iron River man has pleaded guilty to killing his parents last winter. Under a plea deal, 45-year-old Jim Crain Jr. pleaded guilty in Bayfield County to two counts of second-degree intentional homicide. WDIO-TV reports the state is recommending 15 to 20 years in prison on each count. Crain was accused of killing More >