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Weeds and algae becoming big problem on Dane County lakes Video included

Dane County is unveiling some new equipment that will help clean area lakes. Officials are concerned about the increased threat of algae and lake weeds on the county's Yahara Chain of Lakes. More>>

DAIS moves into new domestic violence shelter

Victims of domestic abuse in Dane County have a new place to go to get help at a new shelter in Madison. More>>

Wisconsin small business owners give state C- for friendliness

MADISON (WKOW) -- A new survey of Wisconsin small business owners shows they give the state a C- when it comes to how friendly the state is to their operations. More>>

UPDATE: Defendant Kristen Smith testifies she took baby with permission, admits abandoning child

The Colorado woman charged with kidnapping a newborn in Beloit and then abandoning the infant near an Iowa gas station testified in her own defense Wednesday, stating the baby's father gave her permission to take the baby, just days ahead of a planned move by the father and the child's teen mother to Colorado. More>>

UPDATE: Two injured in Town of Sun Prairie crash

Car hits home after a crash in the Town of Sun Prairie.
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Grant Co. man charged with numerous crimes against children

Lancaster man charged with numerous crimes against children.
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New report details "Burden of Suicide in Wisconsin"

MADISON (WKOW) --Wisconsin health officials say a new report will help guide state suicide prevention programs. More>>

Support staff provide extra security at fair

The Wisconsin State Fair will have extra help with crowd control and general security at this year's event. More>>

Assembly Dems seeking justice for asbestos victims

MADISON (WKOW) -- Three Wisconsin Assembly Democrats will join the head of the Wisconsin Asbestos Victims Network (WAVN) at the State Capitol Wednesday morning to announce efforts to "restore justice for Wisconsin veterans." More>>

UW-Madison won't delay fall fraternity recruitment

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has decided not to move forward with a proposal to delay fall recruiting for its fraternities and sororities.
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UPDATE: Shelter struggles to pay for litter of sick puppies Video included

A no-kill animal rescue operation in Montello is struggling to pay the bills after taking in a litter of six puppies, five of whom have a very serious illness. More>>

Armed domestic dispute in Fond du Lac

Fond du Lac police arrest a 37-year-old man after an armed domestic situation.
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Local woman on ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" Video included

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin woman was featured on the ABC show "Extreme Weight Loss" Tuesday night.Cassie Kramer was physically fit growing up, but that all changed when she became pregnant at 20.Last year, Cassie hit her breaking point and wrote a letter to trainer Chris Powell asking for help.She says being on national television was never her intentions.“Going through this process saved my marriage, it saved everything. I didn’t want to be alive a year ago,” said Cassie.She says her de... More>>

Family of Madison man who went missing weighs in on Wisconsin's new Silver Alert law Video included

I think it's a good idea," Steve Nelsen says about the new Silver Alert program. “You start wondering whether or not he's going to be found,” his wife Adrienne adds.
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Baby's mother, father say they were given "pain pills" before baby was kidnapped Video included

The mother and father of a Beloit baby testify they were given "pain pills" by Kristen Smith, before authorities say Smith kidnapped the infant and made an ill-fated attempt to escape with the child. More>>

Madison police search for driver who ran pick-up into nursing facility overnight Video included

Madison police are looking for the driver of a pick-up truck who drove a vehicle into a nursing facility. More>>

Sun Prairie man arrested for 6th OWI

A Dane County deputy arrested a man Tuesday night for his sixth offense of operating while intoxicated. More>>

Money for three small area airports

MADISON (WKOW) -- Three airports in southern Wisconsin are getting funding for improvements. Governor Walker approved more than $455,000 for a couple projects at the Watertown municipal airport; most notably, to replace an old fuel system. The airport in Reedsburg will receive more than $157,000 to design a new public terminal. And the Lancaster municipal airport will get just under $150,000 to start fixing runway pavement. More>>

No changes for Greek recruitment at UW-Madison

There won't be any change to the recruitment period for frats and sororities on the UW Madison campus. More>>

Local lawmakers weigh in ahead of expected US House vote on lawsuit against Obama admin. Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) said he expects the House to vote Wednesday on Speaker John Boehner's proposed lawsuit against the President. Boehner and House Republicans allege the President improperly used his executive authority by circumventing congress on the decision to delay a portion of the Affordable Care Act requiring most employers to provide health insurance coverage for their workers.
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Rep. Pocan introduces second student loans bill Video included

 Representative Mark Pocan introduces his second bill to lessen the burden on people with student loans

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Walgreens and REDI program train those with disabilities Video included

 The Wisconsin REDI program has provided people with disabilities on-the-job training at Walgreens stores throughout the state.  
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House Republicans to vote on effort to sue President Obama Video included

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) --House Republicans are expected to formally approve their lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive orders this week. More>>

New app available for Wisconsin State Fair Video included

MADISON (WKOW) --The state fair is just two days away. Crews are working on putting the finishing touches to state fair park in West Allis. More>>

Racine officers cleared in fatal shooting

An investigation has cleared two Racine police officers in the shooting of a man they said was wielding a knife.
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UPDATE: Plexus publicly responds to outsourcing charge, creates more questions Video included

Making its first comments related to a 27 News investigation on companies that outsourced jobs after receiving WEDC tax credits, the Plexus Corporation put out a press release last Thursday stating that it laid off workers in 2012, but never outsourced the work. More>>

Wisconsin GOP reaching out to African-American voters

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Republican Party of Wisconsin (RPW) is making a concerted effort to reach out to African-American voters this election season. More>>

WI Supreme Court to hand down three important rulings Thursday Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court plans to rule Thursday in three major cases concerning collective bargaining, voter ID and the state's domestic partnership registry. More>>

Madison man arrested for OWI-4th

A 33-year-old Madison man was arrested Monday afternoon for his 4th OWI. More>>

Teen arrested in "point 'em out, knock 'em out" crime

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police were called to the 6500 block of Schroeder Road just after 7:00 Monday night for the report of a battery.A 69-year-old male fell victim to a "point 'em out, knock 'em out" crime. A group of young teens approached the man from behind when a 14-year-old struck the man in the back of his head, unsuccessfully attempting to render him unconscious. The victim turned around and announced he was calling MPD. The victim was able to provide police with descriptions of t... More>>

Body found in Lake Mills identified

LAKE MILLS (WKOW) -- Lake Mills police were dispatched to Bartel's Beach on S. Ferry Drive Sunday evening where a the body of a male was found in Mill Pond. Authorities say that man is 18-year-old Devin Droster.Captain Mick Selck asks anyone with information regarding this incident to call him at 920-648-2354. More>>

Green Bay considers cell phone ban

GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- Green Bay is the latest city in Wisconsin to consider banning cell phones for drivers.Alderman Jerry Wiezbiskie says he has nearly gotten in several accidents due to someone talking on their cell while driving. Wiezbiskie proposes an ordinance that would ban handheld use of electronic devices when behind the wheel. Violators would face a fine of $50.The Green Bay City Council will vote in a few weeks. Earlier this year, Wausau passed a similar ordinance. More>>

Madison's finance committee looking to reduce public costs of Judge Doyle Square project Video included

Madison’s finance committee is discussing ways to significantly reduce the proposed public investment costs for the Judge Doyle Square project. More>>

Milwaukee mom faces 7 child neglect charges

A Milwaukee mother is in jail after authorities found her and 7 children living in what they call deplorable conditions. More>>

Armed robbery at Baymont Inn in Janesville

JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Janesville police are looking for three suspects of an armed robbery at the Baymont Inn on Midland Rd. More>>

EAA Airventure kicks off Video included

The annual EAA Airventure is this week in Oshkosh. More>>

Circus World's new management moving museum forward Video included

Hoping to fix the budget deficit, the Circus World Museum board hired a new executive director in September to work with the historical society to improve the site.  More>>

Early primary voting begins

MADISON (WKOW) -- Early voting for the August 12 primary is now underway. Wisconsin voters began to cast their early ballots Monday morning. This is the first election since state legislature put limits on early voting. Now absentee voting can only be done Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. More>>

Schools take advantage of energy law

MADISON (WKOW) -- Schools around the state are taking advantage of a changed law that allows them to borrow money for energy efficient projects. Fifty-five districts raised more than $23 million, nearly triple the amount from the previous year. The two-year-old law allows schools to borrow in a way that diffuses costs to taxpayers. More>>

Construction begins on stretch of McKee Road in Fitchburg Video included

FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- Construction began Monday on a 1.5-mile stretch of McKee Road between Seminole Highway and Fish Hatchery Road. The project, expected to last until late October, will cost roughly $2.6-million dollars. . More>>

Attorney: Kristen Smith miscarried child, had permission to take baby Video included

As Kristen Smith's federal kidnapping trial begins, her attorney says Smith had permission to take her teenage half-sister's baby from Beloit in February, but says a subsequent police search for infant Kayden Powell caused Smith to "panic" in Iowa.. More>>

MMSD releases first annual report on strategic framework Video included

 It details the district's progress over the last year.

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UPDATE: Gov. Walker supports blocking WEDC awards for companies that outsource Video included

As the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Board of Directors gets ready to consider a proposal to ban financial awards for companies that outsource state jobs, 27 News has learned at least four more companies that outsourced state jobs have benefited from WEDC tax credits.  More>>

Amelia Rose Earhart says thanks at EAA AirVenture Video included

OSHKOSH (WKOW) --Thousands of people from across the world are in Wisconsin this week for the annual EAA AirVenture, but for one girl with a familiar name, it's a chance to say thanks. More>>

Training program teaches local investigators how to handle officer involved shootings Video included

Over the last two years there have been six officer-involved shooting fatalities in Dane County. The high number is concerning to many, but most of all, the law enforcement agencies that were involved in these cases. More>>

Madison woman arrested after disturbance

 Police say she had been drinking and got into a loud argument with others.
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Child killed by van in Racine driveway

A 5-year-old girl has died after being struck by a van in the driveway of a Racine home.
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Badgers take the stage at Big 10 Media Days

The Badgers take their turn at the mic on opening day of Big 10 Media Days in Chicago on Monday, as the team prepares for its second season under coach Gary Andersen. More>>

Monona Terrace jumper fined after YouTube video posted

The Madison man many saw jumping off the Monona Terrace after his YouTube video went viral, has been fined with over $750 in fines. More>>

Man found dead in Lake Mills pond Video included

Lake Mills Police say an autopsy Monday will be done on a body found floating in Mill Pond Sunday. More>>

Elderly woman dies after being hit by train in Wisconsin Rapids

Wisconsin Rapids police say an elderly woman has died after being hit by a train.
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Trial set to begin Monday for woman accused of kidnapping newborn nephew

The trial of Kristen Smith, the Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew and abandoning him in freezing temperatures is about to go to trial. More>>

West Bend man drowns in Oneida County

A West Bend man drowned in Oneida County over the weekend. More>>

Milwaukee Sheriff: If you see something, say something

The sheriff of Milwaukee County is asking citizens to be particularly vigilant about activities around local religious sites due to hostilities in the Middle East. More>>

2 arrested after gun pulled at a Madison tavern

MADISON (WKOW) -- Two people were arrested after a gun was pulled at Red Shed Tavern. More>>

3 teens injured in high-speed golf cart accident

Three teenagers are hurt in an accident with a golf cart in the Town of New Glarus. More>>

Gov. Walker discusses gun violence Video included

With the recent gun violence around the state Governor Scott Walker says Wisconsin needs to crackdown on criminals. Sunday afternoon the Governor wrapped up his two day motorcycle trip across the state, with a stop at Badger Harley Davidson. More>>

Car show raises money for local housing organization Video included

Project Home works to improve the quality and affordability of low-to-moderate incoming housing options in Dane and Green counties. More>>

Family uses love of music and UW-Madison to raise money for cancer research Video included

A Wisconsin family has made it their mission to fight cancer through the power of music. It's why they started the Gray Matters Music Jam, which is now in its' third year. More>>

Woman killed in Janesville lawnmower accident

Rock County sheriff's officials say a 65-year-old woman was killed Saturday when a riding lawnmower tipped upside down. More>>

Town of Madison fire caused by careless use of smoking materials

A fire caused by careless use of smoking materials at a two-story multi-family structure caused approximately $4,000 in damage Sunday morning. More>>

West Allis man dead after getting hit by train

A 21-year-old West Allis man is dead after he was struck by a train Sunday morning near the Wisconsin Dells Depot. More>>

Milton police investigate multiple thefts

Police are looking for more information about multiple thefts including electronics and a vehicle that occurred late Saturday night and early Sunday morning in the north central area of Milton. More>>

Trial date set for Wisconsin Rep. Bill Kramer

State Rep. Bill Kramer, former majority leader of the Wisconsin Assembly, is due to stand trial in October on sexual assault charges. More>>

4-year-old injured in Milwaukee gunfire exchange Video included

A 4-year-girl Milwaukee girl has been injured in an exchange of gunfire, but police say she was fortunate to escape with only a graze. More>>

Poll: Prisons struggling with inmate rehab

Most respondents to a recent Marquette University Law School poll say they think Wisconsin's criminal justice system is doing an average job at best rehabilitating inmates. More>>

Rock River free from slow-no-wake restrictions

The Rock River is free from slow-no-wake speed restrictions. More>>

Wisconsin DNR to scale back gypsy moth suppression

The state Department of Natural Resources wants to dramatically scale back its gypsy moth aerial spray program. More>>

Veteran pilot creates friendship with young boy Video included

A 40-year-old veteran pilot has built a touching friendship with a young Edgerton boy. Gerald Miller flies WWII planes as a hobby but recently has found another way to spend his time.  More>>

Opera in the Park draws thousands Video included

The 13th annual Opera in the Park drew thousands of people to Madison's Garner Park for a night of music More>>

8th annual Clean Lakes Festival Video included

The annual Clean Lakes Festival brought a crowd to the shores of Lake Monona on Saturday. More>>

Baraboo's Big Top Parade draws a crowd Video included

Downtown Baraboo's Circus Celebration continued Saturday with the second annual circus parade. Families gathered for the Big Top Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday. More>>

Mock tornado exercise prepares first responders for emergency Video included

Dodge and Columbia County first responders got a chance to prepare for a big emergency at a full-scale training exercise Saturday. More>>

Black Earth Meats closes amid debate over slaughterhouse Video included

BLACK EARTH (WKOW) -- A local meat processing facility is closing its doors after a battle with the village of Black Earth over its slaughterhouse.Black Earth Meats Co-owner Bartlett Durand released a statement Tuesday the business has conducted its last slaughter and will be closing as soon as all its product is sold.After a few neighbors complained about the slaughterhouse being too close to their homes and growing too large for its space in the residential neighborhood, the village of Blac... More>>

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