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Proposed hog megafarm causes stir in northern Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Opponents are raising concerns about a proposed hog “megafarm” in northern Wisconsin. An Iowa business plans to produce thousands of pigs annually a few miles from Ashland and the shore of Chequamegon Bay. But plans for the Bayfield County farm are coming under fire from some residents who fear that millions of More >

President Obama to travel to La Crosse for economic event

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — President Barack Obama is coming to Wisconsin this week. The White House confirmed the visit Saturday night, saying only that Obama will visit the La Crosse area Thursday “for an event on the economy.” Additional details are expected to be released later this week. The La Crosse Tribune ( ) More >

TV actor Dustin Diamond wants delay in bar stabbing sentence

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Former “Saved by the Bell” actor Dustin Diamond is asking a judge to delay his sentence for a Christmas Day stabbing in a Wisconsin bar. Diamond, who played Screech on the popular 1990s TV show, was supposed to report to jail Sunday to begin serving a four-month sentence. But Diamond’s More >

Police: Man found dead in Wausau after fight

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Wausau police have arrested a suspect after a man was found dead after a fight. Officers were called to a Wausau apartment Saturday afternoon on a report that a man had stopped breathing after being in a fight Friday night. Emergency medical technicians were unable to revive the 43-year-old man. His More >

Madison police searching for man who attacked officer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police are searching for a man who attacked a police officer following a domestic altercation. A police spokeswoman says the 19-year-old man attacked and injured the officer while fleeing police who were investigating the incident Saturday night. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the man had left the Madison home where More >

Spring turkey kill down 2 percent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources says hunters killed fewer Wisconsin turkeys this spring than last year. DNR officials say hunters registered 40,975 birds during the spring season, down 2 percent from spring 2014. Permits were down about 1 percent, from 210,496 to 208,250. The overall statewide hunter success rate was More >

Chronic wasting disease prompts Eau Claire deer feeding ban

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it will ban deer feeding and hunting over bait in Eau Claire, Clark and Jackson counties after a doe died of chronic wasting disease at a Fairchild-area deer farm. The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports ( ) the ban will take effect Aug. 1. More >

Parents sue military-style voucher school in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Several parents are suing a private, military-style voucher school in Milwaukee, alleging their children were subjected to abuse and humiliating treatment when they attended a boot camp last fall. The students at Right Step Inc., which serves low-income children, claim the treatment they were subjected to at Fort McCoy included being punched, More >

Ashland teen gets life in prison in great-uncle’s killing

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — An Ashland teenager is sentenced to life in prison in connection with the death of his great-uncle in 2013. Fifteen-year-old Joseph Ackley was sentenced Thursday by Ashland County Circuit Court Judge Robert Eaton, who said he was unconvinced the teen was remorseful. A criminal complaint says Ackley admitted to shooting and More >

Walker calls gay marriage ruling ‘grave mistake’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide is a “grave mistake.” Walker issued a statement Friday reaffirming his support for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing the states to define marriage. Walker has been a longtime opponent of gay marriage, but last year More >