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Packers event brings in 600 coats for needy kids

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A Green Bay Packers charity event has brought in more than 600 winter coats to be donated to needy children. The team’s annual Coats for Kids collection happened Sunday before the Packers’ win over the Jets. Fans were asked to donate new and gently used winter coats. The team says More >

Wisconsin DOJ never launched GPS program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Justice never launched a program outlined in the state budget that would have allowed judges to order GPS monitoring for people under restraining orders. Gov. Scott Walker proposed $3 million in the 2013-15 state budget for DOJ grants to local police and governmental units for GPS tracking people More >

Man accused of killing half-brother reaches deal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A man accused of fatally beating his autistic half-brother and hiding his body has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in Dane County. Jeffrey Vogelsberg returned to court Tuesday and pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide in the 2012 death of 27-year-old Matthew Granville. Vogelsberg’s trial on charges of first-degree More >

Body of retreat owner found in submerged car

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say one of the owners of a western Wisconsin retreat has been found dead in a submerged car on the property. Polk County sheriff’s officials say the body of 39-year-old Blair Piper was discovered Sunday at the Big Rock Creek Retreat north of St. Croix Falls. The Star Tribune More >

Wisconsin needs $760 million more for Medicaid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Health Services says it needs $760 million more over the next two-year state budget to pay for current services in the Medicaid program. The new estimate was included in the agency’s budget request submitted to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration made public Tuesday. That budget begins in mid-2015. The More >

Teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A high school teacher is charged in Brown County with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student. Investigators say 32-year-old Christopher Wieber pursued a relationship with a girl he had in his biology class last year at Bay Port High School near Green Bay. WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1mb19CX ) says Wieber is charged with More >

Nine cases of enterovirus 68 suspected

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Doctors suspect there are at least nine Wisconsin cases of the respiratory and stomach virus that has hospitalized hundreds of children around the country. Samples of the nine suspected cases in the Madison area were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Test results should be back in about More >

Former Wisconsin teacher pleads guilty in sex case

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota man who taught in a western Wisconsin high school has pleaded guilty to having sex with two female students. Thirty-seven-year-old Matthew Koenen of Stillwater entered the plea Monday in Washington County court to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He said he had separate “inappropriate and romantic” relationships with More >

Wisconsin DNR launches fall photo contest

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching a fall photo contest. The agency is looking for fall photos taken on state properties such as parks, forests, trails and recreation areas for its “Fall in Love with Wisconsin State Parks” contest. People can enter one photo per day on the DNR’s Facebook More >

Man arrested after dead cows found in Wisconsin

BARRON, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a 47-year-old western Wisconsin man was arrested after officials discovered 25 dead cows on his farm. The Barron County sheriff’s office says the man was taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of mistreating animals and failing to provide food and drink to animals. The Leader-Telegram reports the man was booked into More >