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Family of foxes on campus educational, eye-catching Video included

A family of red foxes has become a fixture on the UW-Madison campus, contributing to scientific research, and becoming an attractions for dozens of students. More>>

Madison shows signs that Spring is finally here Video included

Five long months of snow and cold seemed to freeze away all hope that we would be able to see warm temps and green grass again. However, traveling through the city of Madison this week you'll find plenty of signs that Spring has finally arrived.
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Never mow your lawn by hand again with the LawnBott robotic lawn mower

WAUNAKEE (WKOW) -- It's a dream come true for a Waunakee man. More>>

Drop off unwanted, expired prescription drugs for Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

MADISON (WKOW) -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy Stepp joined forces to encourage Wisconsinites to participate in the upcoming National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day, being held in communities across Wisconsin on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10 am to 2 pm. More>>

The Gift of Life: A 27 News special report Video included

April is National Donate Life month, a time to highlight the importance of organ donation. Two local families know the importance of organ donation all too well. More>>

Sturgeon spawning beginning

It's spawning time for sturgeon in Wisconsin. A DNR biologist says spawning season was likely to start Thursday or Friday, with activity getting heavy by the weekend. More>>

James Kruger pleads not guilty to three felonies

The man accused in a multi-county crime spree pleaded not guilty to three felony charges Thursday. More>>

UPDATE: Big crowd on hand for discussion about racial inequality in Dane County Video included

Updated: Apr 24, 2014 04:21 PM

MADISON (WKOW) -- Community leaders from around Madison gathered to lead a discussion about racial disparities in Dane County.  More>>

UPDATE: Fire at auto salvage yard under control

People evacuated during a big fire at a salvage yard in Milwaukee were allowed to get back into their homes Thursday night. More>>

UPDATE: American Family Children's Hospital shows off its newest unit Video included

American Family Children's Hospital on Thursday showed off its newly-completed eighth floor, which includes a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and a universal care unit.
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Tornado drill highlights importance of severe weather preparedness Video included

The drill was designed to motivate people to prepare in the event of severe weather.
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UPDATE: Gov. Walker listed as one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Video included

Wisconsin's very own Governor Scott Walker has been named one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in the world.
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Local reaction to FDA proposed regulations on e-cigarettes Video included

The U.S Food and Drug Administration has released new requirements for e-cigarettes and the manufacturers who make them. The new requirements were proposed Wednesday morning and the FDA is looking for public comment on them for the next 75 days. More>>

National Donate Life Month Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- It's National Donate Life Month. More>>

Beloit man arrested for 7th OWI offense

City of Beloit Police arrested a 44-year-old man for a 7th offense OWI on Wednesday night. More>>

Judge hears arguments in abortion lawsuit

A Planned Parenthood attorney is trying to convince a judge to permanently block a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions. More>>

UPDATE: Cause Determined in Oconto High School Fire

Student may have started fire at Oconto High School.
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Multiple Craigslist frauds in Madison

Teen sells laptop on Craigslist; buyer pays with counterfeit bills.
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Thursday's statewide tornado drill a "go" despite rain

MADISON (WKOW) -- A scheduled statewide tornado drill will go ahead Thursday despite cloudy skies and rain. More>>

Mayor gives new police chief time to comply with residency rule

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is giving new Police Chief Mike Koval at least three months to come into compliance with the city's residency ordinance.Koval lives in Mount Horeb.The charter ordinance requires eighteen top city managers to live in Madison, but gives the mayor the authority to provide a grace period to comply with the rule.Koval tells 27 News he would have moved to Madison, even in the absence of such a requirement. "If someone is setting and creating policy affect... More>>

UPDATE: State audit committee approves new UW surplus policy Video included

MADISON (AP) -- The Legislature's audit committee is set to vote on the University of Wisconsin System's new policy for reporting surpluses. More>>

Billboards used in search for SUV from fatal hit-and-run

Billboards are being used in the search for the SUV believed involved in the Easter Sunday, hit and run deaths of two motorcyclists near Janesville. More>>

Heartland Farm featured on national TV show, "Animal House" Video included

VERONA (WKOW) -- Heartland Farm Sanctuary, Wisconsin's only farm-animal shelter, will be featured on a national TV program called "Animal House." More>>

Pursuit on west side of Madison leads to arrest of 17-year-old intoxicated driver

A Madison police officer pursued a 17-year-old intoxicated driver who crashed twice.
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UPDATE: Eagles released in Onalaska

ONALASKA (WKOW) -- Humane Society workers in Onalaska rescued two bald eagles this week. More>>

Board speeds up start of short-term loan program

MADISON (AP) -- The start of a new short-term loan program that wasn't slated to begin until July has been moved up in an effort to help businesses hurt by recent cutbacks at Oshkosh Corp. More>>

Judge to hear arguments in abortion lawsuit

MADISON (AP) -- A Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions. More>>

Doctor stunned, arrested after car chase in Waukesha County

MADISON (WKOW) -- A doctor in Waukesha County was arrested this week after leading police on a high speed chase following two domestic incidents with her estranged husband. More>>

Wausau hostage situation arrest Video included

The man accused of holding a fast food worker hostage near Wausau is expected to be charged later this week. More>>

Budget shortfall could delay I-90 project

A budget shortfall could put a major road project in southern Wisconsin on hold.    
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UPDATE: Stoughton gathers to support family shaken by hateful letter Video included

Updated: Apr 23, 2014 04:31 PM

STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- The Stoughton family that alleges it received a racially-motivated hate letter in the mail has organized a vigil to support safe neighborhoods Wednesday evening.  More>>

Local law enforcement praises new officer-involved death law

Local law enforcement officers praised new legislation requiring independent reviews of officer-involved deaths. In Dane County, many law enforcement agencies already use outside resources for officer-involved shootings but they often rely on the Sheriff’s Department for those investigations. Now, county departments plan to share the responsibility.
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Packers release 2014 schedule

The NFL has released the 2014 schedule. The Packers will play two games on Thursday night and one game on Monday night.
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Wausau students face fines for nerf battle

Some students at Wausau West High School are in some trouble for a nerf gun fight. Police were called last night after a neighbor thought they saw someone pointing a real gun at a car. More>>

CA$H announces referendum campaign Video included

There are concerns over the city of Madison' proposed Judge Doyle Square Project.The group "Citizens Against Subsidized Hotels", known as CA$H announced a referendum campaign Wednesday, speaking out against the proposed $60 million project. More>>

New SAT exam could help underprivileged students get to college Video included

In just two years, high school students taking college entry exams will see some changes and school counselors in our area say that may help improve access for underrepresented populations. More>>

Ag Day on Campus Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison students got the chance to learn more about agriculture Wednesday at the fourth annual Ag Day on Campus. Members of the Collegiate Farm Bureau gave students an opportunity to meet the farmers that help produce the nation's food. More>>

Losing weight in a healthy way Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Spring is here, and that means summer and swimsuit season are just around the corner.
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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to divorce wife

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has announced that he and his wife Ashton are divorcing. Wilson made the announcement in a statement released by the Seahawks on Wednesday. He says decisions like this are not easy and respectfully asks for "prayers and understanding and privacy during this difficult time." The pair married in January 2012 after he finished his college career at Wisconsin and before he was drafted by the Seahawks. The couple had been visible at Seahawks events for h... More>>

UPDATE: Gov. Walker signs bill setting up independent review of officer-involved deaths Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Civilian deaths caused by law enforcement officers will soon be reviewed by outside agencies after Gov. Walker signed a bill making that state law Wednesday morning. More>>

Local unemployment rates drop throughout Wisconsin

Unemployment rates have dropped in most Wisconsin counties and cities.The state Department of Workforce Development reports Wednesday that preliminary rates for March are down in all but three of the state's largest 32 cities. More>>

Indiana cat missing 5 years reunited with owner

A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Indiana thanks to an implanted microchip.
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Beloit baby death investigation

 Beloit Police are investigating the death of a 3 month old infant.
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Counterfeit money used to purchase computer

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police are looking for two suspects accused of using counterfeit money to purchase a laptop computer from a Madison woman. More>>

Beloit man faces charges after fight with co-worker

Police say Flores got in an argument and hit his 34-year old co-worker with a two foot long metal pipe. More>>

Two arrested in connection to Monday police chase across Madison and Fitchburg

More information has been released on the police chase Monday afternoon that started near UW campus and ended in Fitchburg.Police say the car not only was on the run driving on roads, but also for a short time was on the Lake Shore Path near campus. More>>

Two meth operations busted in Manitowoc Co.

Meth operations busted in Manitowoc County.
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$660,000 bonus for state's Chief Investment Officer

Wisconsin Chief Investment Officer David Villa got the largest chunk of the $13.3 million in bonuses awarded to state pension fund managers as a reward for strong investment returns. Wisconsin Investment Board approved the bonuses, which are 66% higher than the $8 million awarded last year.
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Warrantless GPS tracking before court decision OK

A state appeals court says Wisconsin police were within their rights to place GPS trackers on cars before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they need warrants.
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Narcotics Task Force bust yields two arrests

Two men arrested after a lengthy drug investigation involving the sale and distribution of crack cocaine.
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DCHS celebrates 'Help a Horse Week' to encourage adoption Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Humane Society celebrates Help a Horse Day. More>>

Autopsy shows Baldwin woman drowned

TOWN OF HAMMOND (AP) -- A medical examiner has determined the cause of death for a woman whose body was found in a western Wisconsin lake. More>>

UPDATE: Sun Prairie schools stress community involvement at safety conference Video included

The Sun Prairie School District presented parents and interested members of the public with the basics of its school safety plan Tuesday evening.
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Democratic aide says Gov. Walker will sign officer-involved shootings bill

Updated: Apr 22, 2014 11:15 PM

MADISON -- An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker said Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths. More>>

UPDATE: Milwaukee Public Market to reopen following underground fire

The Milwaukee Public Market will reopen Wednesday following an underground fire nearby. More>>

Two arrested after high-speed chase in Madison

Tyler McIntosh Tyler McIntosh

Police arrested 25-year-old Tyler McIntosh and 23-year-old Chelsea Schwaegerl on charges of reckless endangerment after a high-speed chase that went through Madison.
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Hostage situation over; suspect in custody in central WI

A gunman is in custody after holding a restaurant worker hostage in central Wisconsin. More>>

Democratic AG hopeful wants to restore public intervenor office

Updated: Apr 22, 2014 11:18 PM

MADISON -- Democratic attorney general hopeful Jon Richards is promising to re-establish the public intervenor office within the state Department of Justice. The position was created in 1967 to act as an advocate for the state's natural resources. More>>

Green Bay officer investigated after aggressive arrest Video included

In the video, a man appears to yell obscenities at a policeman, before the officer pushes the man against a car and onto the ground.
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Madison students and volunteers celebrate Earth Day Video included

Earth Day was created back in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. More>>

DOJ: Agent let 43 child porn cases languish Video included

A Wisconsin Department of Justice official says a former Milwaukee field office supervisor let at least 43 child pornography cases languish for months.
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Cab companies, rideshare apps and city officials come together to discuss ongoing dispute Video included

Two mobile ridesharing companies are trying get their footing in the Madison area. Both Uber and Lyft have been operating in the city for a few weeks now and have been met with praise and controversy. More>>

Isthmus Green Day on Saturday Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- It's a one-day celebration of sustainability and healthy living. The annual Isthmus Green Day attracts thousands of visitors every year. More>>

Experts make case for online voter registration at State Capitol Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Online voter registration is already a reality in nearly 20 states and experts on the issue made their case for why Wisconsin should consider adding itself to that list at a Tuesday hearing before the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections.
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MLB suspends 4 after Brewers-Pirates brawl

Major League Baseball has suspended four players involved in last Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado was suspended five games while outfielder Carlos Gomez was suspended three games. More>>

Search continues for SUV involved in fatal hit & run Video included

Vehicle part found at the scene of a double fatal hit and run in Janesville appears to have come from a 2001-2003 Infinity QX4.
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Rock County officials have new details on search for SUV in fatal motorcycle crash

The Rock County Sheriff's Department says they are now looking for a 2004 - 2007 Infinity QX56.  This vehicle is believed to be involved in a fatal crash from Sunday that killed two motorcyclists in Janesville. More>>

Local teen who lost wheelchair in car crash takes first ride in his brand new chair Video included

After seeing his story on the news Home Health United decided to give him a free chair. Workers made a few last minute touches and measurements before giving it to Drew. More>>

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