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FBI and US Postal Service involved in the investigation of a threatening letter received in Stoughton Video included

Stoughton Police are working with the FBI and US Postal Service on an investigation involving the report of a threatening letter received by a family in Stoughton.
That letter is being processed at the Wisconsin State Crime Lab.

More moms staying at home as child care costs rise Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- More moms are staying at home because the cost of daycare is skyrocketing.A report released this week by the Pew Research Center finds 29 percent of mothers in 2012 chose to stay at home after having children. One likely reason for that is the rising cost of childcare in the U.S., up more than 70 percent since 1985.Madison mom Courtney Redepenning is one of those mothers. About three years ago she decided to quit her work as a hairdresser when her family moved to Madison for... More>>

Crash closes part of Hwy 14 in Janesville

A portion of Highway 14 in Janesville is closed as crews work at the scene of a multiple-vehicle crash. More>>

Madison church's annual Easter meal brings community together Video included

One local church has been hosting holiday meals every year for decades and hundreds show up for its Easter community lunch. More>>

Kraft recalls hot dogs for incorrect labeling

 Kraft Foods Group is recalling about 96-thousand pounds of hot dogs because of incorrect labeling. More>>

UPDATE: Rep. Petri says GOP healthcare proposal likely ahead of fall elections Video included

Updated: Apr 20, 2014 05:31 PM

MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican congressman Tom Petri says his party is likely to propose an overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system ahead of this November's elections.

Ever-popular Peeps exhibit back at Racine Museum

The Racine Art Museum has opened its most popular community event: an annual Peeps exhibit that centers around the marshmallow candies shaped as bunnies or chicks.

New hope for local breweries after FDA proposes rule that would crack down on used grains Video included

A historic partnership between breweries and local farmers is in jeopardy after a proposed rule change from the U.S Food and Drug Administration. More>>

Former EPA official: Fracking transparency vital

A former official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Wisconsin can remain the leading supplier of sand for the nation's fracking boom as long as the state imposes and enforces strong regulations.

OWI fines hefty, but deterrence effect debated

The fine for a first drunken-driving offense, including court costs and surcharges, can be as high as $1,000.

Wisconsin police brace for new probe protocols

MADISON (AP) -- A bill revamping officer-involved death investigations would mean a culture shift for Wisconsin's largest police departments. More>>

Girl Scouts hand out cookies to returning troops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- About 75 U.S. troops who landed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport this weekend got a sweet surprise from local Girl Scouts from Minnesota and Wisconsin. More>>

Racine County man dies after car falls on him

TOWN OF BURLINGTON (AP) -- Racine County officials say a man who was working on his car at his Town of Burlington home has died after the vehicle apparently fell on him. More>>

Man robs Madison gas station Sunday

MADISON (WKOW) -- Authorities are trying to find a man who robbed a gas station on Northport Drive early Sunday morning, according to a Madison Police Department report. More>>

Wisconsin DNR assessing winter deer kill

MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials are using road-kill and radio-tracking data to assess the harsh winter's effect on the state's deer herd. More>>

Tom Farley seeks Madison aldermanic seat

MADISON (AP) -- The brother of late comedian Chris Farley wants to be a Madison alderman. More>>

Final stop for Packers Tailgate tour in northwoods Video included

Even though it's the offseason, the Packers are spending the week together on a bus. More>>

Funeral held for fallen Polk Co. Deputy Video included

Hundreds of community members and fellow law enforcement officers gather in Saint Croix Falls Saturday to give a final farewell to a fallen Polk County Deputy. More>>

People clean up Madison Parks during Earth Day Challenge Video included

Many got outdoors to clean up Madison in celebration of Earth Day. More>>

Drew's new wheelchair to come Monday, donating $5,000 to Boys & Girls Club Video included

A Baraboo teenager is sharing the support he received from the community with others in need. More>>

First Lady Michelle Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

The first lady's office says she'll appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama "Nashville." More>>

School food service workers learn healthy recipes

A Wisconsin chef is teaching school food service workers in the Green Bay area the art of preparing healthy meals from scratch.

U.S. weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

A Western official says the United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks. More>>

Opening day at Dane County Farmers' Market Video included

The Dane County Farmer's market is open for the season. It started back in 1972 and is the largest producers-only market in the U-S. Kate Pinkston is a Madison native, who’s been frequenting the market for 30 years.

Henry Vilas Zoo hosts Earth Day celebration Video included

The Henry Vilas Zoo held an Earth Day celebration on Saturday. More>>

Madison Mallards host The Great Dane Easter Egg Hunt Video included

Hundreds of children and their families gathered at the Madison Mallards stadium in Warner Park on Saturday for the annual Great Dane Easter Egg Hunt. More>>

UW athletes, United Way promote children's literacy Video included

UW-Madison athletes and the United Way joined together Saturday to promote children's literacy at the Red, White Read event. More>>

Bird enthusiasts to begin mapping purple martin

EAU CLAIRE (AP) -- Purple martins will begin returning to Wisconsin to nest in coming days, but some bird enthusiasts say their numbers are on the decline.

Man injured in Milwaukee nightclub shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee police are investigating a nightclub shooting that left one man injured. More>>

Madison property values jump Video included

Barb Dawson is a 26-year real estate veteran and says the last six years are some of the most challenging she’s seen. But a city-wide increase in property values is changing that.

Many gather at Holy Hill for Good Friday Video included

People across the globe found different ways to celebrate Good Friday. More>>

Data breach impacts nearly 3 million Michaels customers Video included

Seventeen stores are listed in Wisconsin as exposed to the breach, including the one here in Madison. More>>

Evidence thrown out in former bishop's fatal crash case Video included

A Dane County judge refuses to allow evidence of a former Lutheran bishop's failed, sobriety testing after a 2013, fatal Sun Prairie crash. More>>

One-car rollover on Beltline near Whitney Way Video included

Authorities responded to a one-car crash eastbound on the Beltline around 8:30 p.m. Friday night. More>>

Crash leads to OWI arrest in Iowa Co.

Around 5:50 p.m. Friday, a Wisconsin State Trooper responded to a rollover crash on Hwy. 80 in Iowa Co. More>>

Update: Missing Iowa Co. inmate in custody

Justin Husemann Justin Husemann

DODGEVILLE (WKOW) -- The Iowa County Emergency management says missing jail inmate Justin A. Husemann has been found and is now in custody. More>>

Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide on testing drunk drivers

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent. More>>

Federal appeals court upholds Walker's union law

A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions. More>>

New treatment option for chronic hives Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- People with a form of chronic hives now have a new treatment option. More>>

Another DOJ worker disciplined for delay in child porn investigations

MADISON (WKOW) -- A state department of justice official says a department employee was disciplined in connection with the years-long delay in addressing a child pornography lead.The disciplined employee is in addition to two DOJ employees who were terminated for allowing separate, child pornography cases to languish.In February, 19-year old Christopher Kosakoski of Milwaukee was charged with thirteen child pornography counts, but DOJ officials have conceded a tip from a national hotline abou... More>>

Fiery election debate on tap for Capitol City Sunday Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Earlier this week, Scott Walker declined an opportunity to confirm that he would serve all four years of a second term as Governor. Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) says that should absolutely be a campaign issue for Democrats.

Waunakee man arrested after trying to start fight in Madison bar

A 27-year old Waunakee man is arrested after urinating on a downtown Madison bar, and trying to start a fight with bouncers. More>>

Fire damages Marathon County vehicles

Marathon County sheriff's officials say fire has caused more than $1 million in damage to county vehicles. More>>

Sen. Leibham set to make decision on run for Congress

A Republican state senator says he'll announce next Tuesday whether he'll make a run for Wisconsin's 6th Congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. More>>

Guide to local farmers' markets

The Dane Co. Farmers' Market kicks off its 2014 season this Saturday, April 18, on the square in downtown Madison. More>>

3 men, 1 woman arrested after large Janesville bar fight

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Three men and one woman were arrested this morning after police say a large group began to fight at a bar in Janesville. More>>

Repeat OWI driver injured in rollover crash

Dane County Sheriff's arrest man for OWI-5th.

Tweet to hang out with a 6 foot koala bear Friday night in Madison

Who wouldn't want to hang out with a giant 6 foot koala? Mountain Dew is coming to Madison with Kicks the Koala making house calls. More>>

Soldier bracelet finally returned to rightful owner Video included

A supper club in Appleton has been searching for the owner of a lost army bracelet for more than a year, and they've finally got their girl. More>>

YMCA announces new community partnership with restaurants to combat childhood obesity Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Creating healthy habits "one bite at a time" to combat childhood obesity. More>>

Appeals court revives Capitol protest lawsuit

ASHLAND (AP) -- A state appeals court has revived a lawsuit brought by a group protesting Governor Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill at the Capitol in 2011. More>>

4-year-old boy with autism, diabetes needs help to purchase diabetic alert dog Video included

FORT ATKINSON (WKOW) -- A 4-year-old boy from Fort Atkinson, diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes and autism, can't alert his parents of changes in his sugar levels and he needs a diabetic alert dog to help. More>>

Badgers celebrate men's basketball season with fans Video included

MADISON, WI (WKOW) -- Coming off one of the most successful seasons in Wisconsin men's basketball history, a sell-out crowd filled the Kohl Center Thursday night to celebrate the season with the team.Nearly 800 people came out to show their support for the team's accomplishments, including getting out to the best start in school history, at 16-0, reaching 30 wins for just the 3-rd time in school history, and giving head coach Bo Ryan his first ever trip to the Final Four.The annual event allo... More>>

Waunakee man charged in bicyclist's death Video included

A Waunakee man faces a decade in prison on a charge of hitting and killing a woman on her bicycle. More>>

Lawsuit seeks to stop Madison apartment project

A group of condo owners in downtown Madison filed a lawsuit to stop the development of an apartment building next door. More>>

Another snow day for some in northern Wisconsin Video included

So much for spring in Wisconsin's northwoods, as some parts got as much as 15 inches of snow. More>>

Stoughton family shaken by alleged piece of hate mail Video included

STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- Harry and Hester Hale have lived in Stoughton for six years. "It's a good town," Harry said. "We have good neighbors." But he said nothing could prepare him for what he found in his mailbox Wednesday afternoon. Harry opened an envelope, with no return address written on it, to find a picture depicting the lynching of two African Americans.

City of Fitchburg asking residents to fill out survey to determine fate of Nine Springs Golf Course

The City of Fitchburg Common Council will be making a decision about the future use for the Nine Springs Golf Course property on May 13. More>>

Dane County to launch safe sleep campaign Video included

In the last five years, there’s been an increase in the number of sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs) in Dane County. According to the Public Health Department, more than 70 percent of those deaths were the result of unsafe sleep environment.

New Alzheimer's research at UW-Madison Video included

Research at UW-Madison is showing that the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease might be as much about lifestyle as aging.

UW researchers collect insects and marine wildlife in hopes of creating antibiotics Video included

Many medical experts believe the world is facing a global public health crisis. Every year the Center for Disease Control says more than two million patients in hospitals get infections that are resistant to antibiotics. More>>

State program to boost workers with disabilities graduates class

JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A state program designed to train workers with disabilities for jobs in the retail sector graduated five program participants in Janesville.Officials say the workers in REDI (Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative) emerged from an intensive, four week training, involving classroom and on-the-job sessions.Walgreens partners with the state department of workforce development in the job training program. Community Solutions of WI. LLC contracts with the state to provi... More>>

More Wisconsin farmers' markets accepting FoodShare Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Farmer's Market begins this Saturday. It's a great way to buy seasonal, local, and healthy produce, but it's also benefiting the thousands of low income families in Wisconsin. More>>

Oconto High School fire causes $5 million in damages

A fire at Oconto High School has caused an estimated $5 million in smoke damage to the school. More>>

UPDATE: Vets with claims for benefits could soon see even longer wait times Video included

Both politicians and veterans service professionals are expressing concerns that a new online claims system being initiated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could result in longer wait times for veterans in Wisconsin. More>>

Wisconsin man accused of killing wife over nagging

A 77-year-old Milwaukee County man has told investigators he shot his blind wife of 56 years because she she'd been nagging him for three weeks. More>>

UPDATE: Andrew Harris attorney not surprised by DPI decision

Updated: Apr 17, 2014 05:03 PM

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction(DPI) will not try to revoke the license of Middleton middle school teacher Andrew Harris. More>>


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