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UPDATE: Candlelight vigil for two women murdered in Fitchburg Video included

Updated: Aug 31, 2014 07:51 PM

The Fitchburg community will honor Ashlee Steele and Kacee Tollefsbol, who were murdered Aug. 22, at a candlelight vigil Sunday night. More>>

Milwaukee police officer crashes into stopped car

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say an apparent medical emergency caused an officer to crash into another car near Miller Park. More>>

Police searching for soccer brawl suspect

FRANKLIN (AP) — Police are searching for an adult soccer player who they say kicked an opponent unconscious during a brawl near Milwaukee. More>>

Local students start first day of school on Tuesday

MADISON (WKOW) -- Many students in our area will be starting the school year today, but in the Madison area, some students start on Wednesday.
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3 hurt in interstate accident involving truck and semi

Authorities respond to a crash on the interstate in Columbia County. More>>

Recent string of armed robberies on Marquette campus Video included

 The Marquette University campus has seen a recent spike in armed robberies and students are concerned as the school year gets set to begin. More>>

UPDATE: President Obama speaks about economic recovery during WI visit Video included

President Barack Obama touted the resurgence of the American economy during his visit to Milwaukee Monday. More>>

New signs in Sun Prairie encouraging safety near school buses Video included

Students and teachers are ready for the new school year, and drivers should be too. More>>

Public hearing Tuesday on proposed public market site

The Madison Common Council has a public hearing set for Tuesday night on the proposed site of a public market.
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Lakeshore communities could be marine sanctuaries

Lakeshore communities from Two Rivers to Port Washington will able to apply for marine-sanctuary status, which could lead to protections for natural resources and improved research on shipwrecks. More>>

Minnesota student remains in coma after long fall

A Minnesota State University student remains in a coma in Milwaukee, weeks after he fell from a parking ramp after a night of drinking. More>>

Alleged robber killed after victim opens fire

Milwaukee police say an armed robber who accosted a group of victims has died after one of the victims opened fire with a handgun. More>>

Runners raise money for Safe Harbor Video included

Runners in Madison laced up their sneakers for the Labor Day Dash.
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Local Labor Fest draws hundreds Video included

The South Central Federation of Labor hosted a Labor Day celebration Monday.The event took place at the Labor Temple. It featured music, food and kids games.
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Many students new to managing budget Video included

For a lot of freshmen moving to campus this week, it's their first time away from home and their first time controlling their own finances. More>>

UPDATE: MDA Telethon raises millions for medical research, patient support Video included

The nation took time to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association Sunday night for the annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon. More>>

Overnight apartment fire breaks out in Beloit

BELOIT (WKOW) -- Fire officials in Beloit responded to an early morning fire at an apartment complex. The fire broke out just after midnight Monday at the Northgate Apartments located at 1854 Northgate Drive.Both Beloit Police and Fire Departments responded to the initial call. Alliant Energy assisted with controlling the electric and natural gas utilities.According to a press release, the City of Beloit Fire Department required assistance of 12 local fire departments through the MABAS (Mutua... More>>

Madison murder victim identified Video included

Officials say Darren J. Goodwan, 25, died of homicidal firearm trauma.
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Driver dies in Green Lake Co. crash

One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash in the town of Brooklyn. More>>

International Tug of War Championships comes to Madison

Competitors from all over the world gathered in Madison for an epic pulling competition. More>>

Oshkosh finds little demand for 3 liquor licenses

Liquor licenses in Oshkosh have been in high demand for the last 40 years, so city officials are a little surprised that no one is applying for three licenses that have been available for a while. More>>

Church community shows support for family of South side shooting victim Video included

The fatal shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of West Badger Road. The scene is a block away from the Fountain of Life Covenant Church where family members are seeking comfort from the community. More>>

Madison Police rely on "Madison Method" for managing crowds Video included

MADISON (WKOW) – This month's violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown prompted Madison Police Chief Mike Koval to write his latest blog post on the Madison Method for crowd management and control.  More>>

Man charged after girl eats pot-laced chocolate

A Chippewa Falls man whose daughter nearly died after eating a marijuana-laced chocolate bar faces three criminal charges.
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Search for pilot who crashed off Va. shore halted

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a pilot who lost consciousness and crashed a small airplane into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia shore. More>>

UPDATE: One dead after early morning shooting Video included

Madison police are investigating a homicide on Madison's south side in the Badger Road area. Stay with WKOW as this story develops. More>>

Wisconsin apple growers say crop looking good

Wisconsin apple growers say they expect their crop this autumn to be good or a little above average. More>>

Bank loans used to collect unpaid medical bills

A health system with hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin is working with a bank to offer interest-free loans to patients with unpaid medical bills. More>>

Chefs, breeders pair up to produce tastier veggies

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There's a good chance that many of the trendy vegetables foodies latch on to in the next decade will come from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More>>

Portage woman arrested for sixth OWI

A Portage woman was arrested early Sunday morning for her sixth drunken driving offense. More>>

DNR: Pipeline work could kill rare species

Wisconsin wildlife officials say a pipeline construction project could kill members of several threatened and endangered species. More>>

Fire damages Fond du Lac duplex

No one was injured in a fire that damaged a Fond du Lac duplex. More>>

Badgers fall in season opener to LSU in Houston Video included

Kenny Hilliard scored on a 28-yard touchdown run to cap a fourth-quarter rally for No. 13 LSU in a 28-24 win over No. 14 Wisconsin at NRG Stadium on Saturday night. More>>

Nation of Patriots welcomed back Video included

A flag that's been carried across the country to honor our nation's service men and women has made it back to Wisconsin. More>>

WI girl talks about being MDA's national ambassador, Sunday telethon Video included

A Wisconsin girl will be a guest host on the national MDA Show of Strength Telethon Sunday night on ABC. Reagan Imhoff, 9, is the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2014 National Goodwill Ambassador.

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U.S. airstrikes and aid for Iraqi city under siege

The Pentagon says the U.S. military has conducted airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Iraqi city of Amirli, where thousands of Shiite Turkomen have been cut off from food and water for nearly two months by Islamic State militants. More>>

UPDATE: Plane with unconscious pilot goes into ocean after taking off in Waukesha

The Coast Guard says the pilot of a small airplane lost consciousness while flying and the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast. More>>

UPDATE: Former deputy charged in Fitchburg homicides Video included

A former Dane County sheriff's deputy charged in the deaths of his wife and sister-in-law
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Chippewa Falls-Medford football game locked down

A high school football game in Medford was suspended for about two hours, and players and fans were sent to the gymnasium and put on lockdown. More>>

Cancer patient gets dying wish, weds gal he loves

When Harley Thomas learned in August that he would have just three months to live, he told his doctors he wanted nothing more than to marry the woman he loves. More>>

12-year-old boy drowns in hotel pool

A 12-year-old boy is dead after apparently drowning in a hotel pool in Milwaukee. More>>

Driver found dead after hit-and-run, shooting

Police say a male driver has been found dead — apparently shot after a hit-and-run in Milwaukee. More>>

Man arrested for heroin, near elementary school

Man faces numerous charges after K-9 unit detects heroin odor in his vehicle. 
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Police investigate shots fired on Verona Road

Police responded to a gas station on Verona Road for a report of shots fired late Friday night. More>>

Rubik's cube competition coming soon to Dane Co. Video included

A 16-year-old Waunakee boy is bringing first Rubik's cube competition to Wisconsin, in six years. 
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Rural Monroe man injured in motorcycle crash

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A rural Monroe man was injured during a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon. More>>

Apartment fire displaces two in Madison

MADISON (WKOW) -- Two Madison apartment residents are displaced after a fire late Friday night on the city's south side. More>>

Former area police chief's behavior called 'reprehensible'

The village of Oregon released details of its investigation into former police chief Doug Pettit.
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UW-Madison student taken to detox with dangerously high BAC

The UW-Madison Police Department made contact Friday at 2:15 a.m. with a 25-year-old UW student who was alone and stumbling in the Lake Street parking ramp More>>

UPDATE: Madison fundraiser for stabbing victim a success Video included

The Madison community kicks off a fundraiser for a Waukesha girl who was stabbed 19 times in May and left for dead.
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UW-Madison chancellor welcomes students at convocation Video included

UW-Madison freshmen and transfer students on campus. Chancellor Rebecca Blank gave them an official welcome at her convocation at the Kohl Center Friday morning.

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College Barber Shop to close after decades on State Street Video included

The College Barber shop, a State Street staple, is closing it's doors next month.For more than eight decades the shop is where you could go for a hair cut and a straight razor shave. More>>

Local Red Cross volunteer joining in California earthquake relief effort

An American Red Cross volunteer from Stoughton is joining the earthquake relief effort in Napa, California. More>>

Taco Bell offers free food for life

Taco Bell is offering free food for life. It's part of its "Eleven Everlasting Dollars" contest More>>

Grand re-opening of UW-Platteville campus following tornado Video included

The UW-Platteville campus held a grand re-opening ceremony Friday, following a rebuild from this summer's tornado. More>>

Hearts for Healing for Waukesha stabbing victim Video included

A fundraiser was held today in Madison for a Waukesha girl who was stabbed 19 times and left for dead.
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UPDATE: Bomhack wins 17th Senate District Democratic primary recount by 33 votes Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- The final recount results in the 17th Senate District Democratic primary election show Pat Bomhack has defeated Ernie Wittwer by 33 votes, 3,837 to 3,804.Juneau County completed its recount late Thursday night to complete the process. Bomhack trailed Wittwer by 7 votes entering the recount, but picked up 40 votes this week. 28 of those came in the City of Monroe, which lost 110 ballots that were originally counted. Bomhack pointed out to 27 News that even without those 28 di... More>>

Top 21 Breakfast Places in America, one Madison spot makes the list

The website Thrillist.com has named the top 21 Breakfast Spots in America, and Madison made the list. Can you guess which spot? More>>

More homes vandalized on Madison's east side

For the second night in a row, an east side Madison neighborhood is vandalized. More>>

"Madison Noteworthy" sparks social innovation with web videos Video included

Madison Noteworthy features area entrepreneurs to spark social innovation.
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WI cranberry industry woos Chinese buyers

Wisconsin officials are turning to Chinese buyers to take a bite out of the state's overgrown cranberry crop. More>>

Milwaukee man gets 10 years in deadly robbery

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee man whose friend was fatally shot when they tried to rob a barbershop has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. More>>

Police investigating two auto thefts in Janesville

JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- The Janesville Police Department is investigating the theft of two vehicles in southeast Janesville. More>>

Consumer protection officials urge college students to protect identity

MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin consumer protection officials are advising college students to be especially vigilant about protecting their private identity information. More>>

Milwaukee man found guilty of sex trafficking and child abuse

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A 45-year-old Milwaukee man has been found guilty of sex trafficking, child abuse and related charges. More>>

Share the Health founders share Jefferson Award Video included

Our Jefferson Award Winners for August are making sure all women in their community get the healthcare they need. More>>

Madison woman charged in baby's death

A Madison woman is now charged after her daughter was hit and killed on East Washington Avenue last year.
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Sen. Ron Johnson discusses U.S. foreign policy in Turkey, Middle East in exclusive interview with 27 News Video included

MADISON (WKOW) – Republican Sen. Ron Johnson discussed U.S. foreign policy and unrest throughout the Middle East in an exclusive interview with 27 News on Thursday.  More>>

Local reaction to growing tensions between Russia & Ukraine

Updated: Aug 28, 2014 10:48 PM

MADISON (WKOW) – Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) says the U.S. must throw its “full, vocal, visible,” support behind Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. More>>

Obama's visit to impact governor's race Video included

President Barack Obama's Labor Day visit to Milwaukee is said to be a White House event, not a campaign rally, but it's still expected to impact Wisconsin's race for governor. More>>

UPDATE: Burke to meet privately with Obama

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke won't take the stage with President Barack Obama on Monday when he speaks at the Labor Day rally in Milwaukee. More>>

Teen charged in Milwaukee double homicide

A Milwaukee teenager is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting deaths of two men during a robbery. More>>

Walker administration puts out quarterly jobs numbers after 27 News story on delay of release Video included

Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development (DWD) delayed the release of a key report on state job growth until a 27 News story aired which highlighted the delay on Thursday. More>>

Local teenager thankful for annual MDA telethon that airs Sunday on ABC Video included

ALS is just one of a few dozen muscular diseases the Muscular Dystrophy Association is currently working to cure. The annual MDA telethon airs Sunday from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on WKOW Channel 27.
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Madison to end its popular curbside compost program Video included

The city of Madison is abandoning its popular compost pilot program for financial reasons. Since June 2011, homes in certain areas of Madison have had a third bin for organic waste. More>>

GEF1 Building to reopen to public on September 2

 The Department of Administration announces that the GEF1 building in Madison will reopen to the public on Tuesday, September 2.
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Platteville man cited for OAR-11th

Platteville man cited for operating a motor vehicle while revoked-11th.
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Once in a lifetime experience for local man Video included

Local man chosen to umpire at Little League World Series.
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State tax revenue for FY2014 comes in $281 million below projections

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's final revenue numbers for Fiscal Year 2014 show the state collected about $281 million less than expected.The state took in $13.95 billion in FY2014, about $137.5 million less than it did in 2013 and, more important for budget purposes, about $281 million less than what the Legislative Fiscal Bureau had projected in January of this year.Top Senate Democrats sent out a letter to their colleagues earlier this week predicting a shortfall between $100 to $250 million... More>>

Cars hit by gunfire behind Madison apartment

Two cars parked behind an apartment building on Sunfish Court, which south of the beltline near Fish Hatchery Road, were hit by bullets on Tuesday morning. More>>

IRS scam hits Madison

 A 75-year-old woman avoids getting scammed by a fraudulent phone call from a man claiming to be with the IRS More>>

Cyclist injured in hit and run crash in rural Dodge County

 Dodge County Sheriff's officials are investigating a hit and run that left a cyclist with significant injuries.Investigators say the crash happened around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night near W8089 County Highway Q, in the town of Shields. More>>

One dead in Wauwatosa train accident

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Fatal train vs. pedestrian accident in Milwaukee County Thursday morning.
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Carp virus hits Wisconsin waters, keeps spreading

Wisconsin biologists say the koi herpes virus that's killing thousands of common carp has spread and will continue to do so. More>>

110 city of Monroe votes will not be counted in close Senate race Video included

The Green County Board of Canvass voted Wednesday to go ahead with recount numbers without 110 missing votes as they reassessed numbers in the 17th District State Senate race. More>>

Fatal crash in Sauk County

A crash in Sauk County Thursday morning kills one.
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Waukesha stabbing victim will start school year on time

The young Waukesha girl stabbed 19 times in May will start this school year on time with the rest of her classmates.
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DUI driver crashes into squad car

Officers at the scene of an accident in Middleton, another driver crashes into a squad.
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UPDATE: Eastside homes vandalized overnight in Madison Video included

Madison Police are looking into reports of overnight vandalism in a neighborhood on the eastside.
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Mourning dove season to begin September 1

MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials are reminding hunters that the state's new extended mourning dove season will begin next week. More>>

State warns Potawatomi it could lose games

Governor Scott Walker's administration has warned the Potawatomi tribe that it could lose nearly 2,000 slot machines if it succeeds in withholding its $25 million annual payment to the state. More>>

Asian crazy worms found in Appleton soil

APPLETON (AP) -- Wisconsin officials have confirmed an invasive worm species has been discovered in Appleton. More>>

UPDATE: 63-year-old man dead after being struck by train near McFarland

Police say a 63-year-old man from the Madison area is dead after being struck by a train near McFarland. More>>

UW-Platteville to have grand re-opening on Friday

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PLATTEVILLE (WKOW) -- UW-Plateville will have its grand re-opening on Friday. More>>

Beloit man charged in father's murder

Prosecutors filed a homicide charge against the Beloit man authorities say admitted to killing his father. More>>

Marquette Poll shows both AG candidates still working to gain name recognition Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- The race to be Wisconsin's next attorney general is heating up. Wednesday's Marquette University Law School Political Poll shows Jefferson County DA Susan Happ up 10 points on Waukesha County DA Brad Schimel.Happ, a Democrat, leads Schimel, the Republican candidate, 42 to 32 among likely voters. More>>

Obama will make Labor Day visit to Milwaukee

President Obama is scheduled to make a trip to Milwaukee on Labor Day.
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Business gets new bus stop for visually impaired employees Video included

Top Promotions in Middleton makes it a goal to hire visually impaired workers, but a lack of access to public transportation made it difficult for those employees to get to work. More>>

$15 million to fix Leo Frigo Bridge

It cost $15 million to repair the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay. More>>

Welcome Back Pack luncheon

Chamber of Commerce meetings aren't always the most exciting get together's, but every year about this time, the Green Bay chamber puts on a good one.
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UPDATE: Burke holds 49-47% lead among likely voters in new MU Law poll Video included

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Democratic challenger Mary Burke has her biggest lead to date over Gov. Scott Walker (R) among likely voters in the latest Marquette University Law School political poll conducted over the past weekend.Burke leads Walker 49-47 percent among 609 likely voters, while Walker holds a 48-44 percent lead among all 815 registered voters polled.Burke trailed Gov. Walker 48-45 percent among likely voters in the May MU Law poll, but then pulled ahead by one point 47-46 percent in Ju... More>>

Mayor Soglin unveils plan to curb homelessness Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- A larger focus on affordable housing will be part of Madison's next budget. Mayor Paul Soglin unveiled that portion of the budget on Wednesday. Soglin says the city has a goal of creating 1,000 new affordable housing units over the next five years. The Affordable Housing Trust fund will be funded through general obligation debts, tax credits, and the closing out of TIF districts.Mayor Soglin says, "Under Wisconsin law, we can hold a TIF district open one more year and use ... More>>

United Way holds first mental health summit Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County officials are hoping to minimize mental health crises that compromise public safety.On Wednesday, the United Way hosted a mental health summit in Madison.Officials say they hope to develop a common understanding of the scope of mental health issues in which law enforcement becomes involved to protect the public. Dr. Michael Peterson, a Psychiatrist at UW Hospital says, "There's been a number of dramatic situations with tragic outcomes where persons with mental i... More>>

Milwaukee cook's killer gets 42 years in prison

A Milwaukee man has been sentenced to 42 years in prison for fatally shooting the cook at a restaurant last December.
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