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Jury indicts man accused of trying to join Islamic State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal grand jury in Madison has formally indicted a Wisconsin man accused of attempting to join the Islamic State group. Prosecutors said the grand jury returned the indictment accusing Joshua Van Haften with trying to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization on Thursday. The grand jury indictment is More >

Barron County turkey flock is sixth with bird flu in state

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The deadly bird flu virus has been detected in a 90,000 turkey flock in Barron County. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says that is the sixth report of bird flu in the state in 10 days. Nearly 1.3 million birds are affected. Spokeswoman Raechelle Cline says initial More >

Republicans want to end lawmakers’ unpaid sick leave benefit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A pair of Republican lawmakers wants to do away with a perk for Wisconsin state senators and representatives. They circulated a bill this week that would no longer allow state lawmakers to accumulate unused sick leave, which can then be converted to credits to pay for health insurance upon retirement. The More >

Bill to fix problem with marijuana byproduct law circulated

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican state senator is circulating a proposal designed to help make a marijuana byproduct available to treat people with seizures a year after it was legalized but still not accessible. The Legislature last year passed a bill allowing the use of cannabidiol oil, but no one has been able to More >

State gives final approval for high-voltage power line

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin regulators have given final approval to a $580 million high-voltage power line that will run between Madison and La Crosse. The Public Service Commission approved the 180-mile line on Thursday. American Transmission Co. and Xcel Energy next month plan to begin negotiations with homeowners along the route. The utilities say More >

Driver held after man fatally struck in St. Croix County

STAR PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — St. Croix County sheriff’s officials say a driver is in jail after striking and killing a man who was walking along a highway. Twenty-eight-year-old Jeffrey Boardman of New Richmond was walking with another man on Highway C near Star Prairie about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Boardman was struck and killed. The More >

Long-running pig wrestling fundraiser is over

STEPHENSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A small community in Outagamie County has canceled its long-running fundraiser following protests by animal rights groups. After 44 years, St. Patrick Parish’s annual “Pit Rassle” is in the past. Last year, the pig wrestling competition and the Stephensville parish were the subject of an online petition by Global Conservation Group. More >

Assembly Republicans to pass school testing pause bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans in control of the state Assembly say they will pass a bill next month that ensures results from the Badger Exam being taken by grade school students this spring will not be used against teachers or schools. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and other Republicans said Thursday they will pass a More >

Packers’ Thanksgiving game will displace traditional meal

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers’ Thanksgiving matchup with the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field will displace a long-held tradition in the stadium’s atrium. For more than a decade, Christian Outreach Ecumenical Ministry has hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of people at Lambeau. The Packers game against their longtime rival More >

Couple wants both names on daughter’s birth certificate

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of the couples at the forefront of efforts to overturn Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban is fighting a new legal battle. The Milwaukee area parents want both of their names on their daughter’s birth certificate. Kami Young gave birth to the couple’s child, Olyvia, last year after getting pregnant with donated sperm. More >