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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>>

New Madison music venue discussed at forum Video included

An east side Madison neighborhood held a public forum Thursday to discuss a proposal to build a large scale music venue. More>>

Man accused of killing child's mother pleads not guilty Video included

The man accused of killing a Jefferson County woman pleads not guilty in court Thursday. More>>

Platteville honors storm cleanup volunteers Video included

PLATTEVILLE (WKOW) -- The annual "Party in the Park" recognizes volunteers from various organizations throughout the Platteville community. More>>

Madison Police play basketball with area kids Video included

Police are always looking to improve relations with the community, through basketball. More>>

UPDATE: Uptick in hand, foot & mouth disease cases in Madison Video included

Doctors say they're seeing an unusual increase in cases of hand, foot and mouth disease among children in the Madison area. More>>

Lobbying by parents boosts high school drama program Video included

An avalanche of parent emails to Madison West High School administrators succeeds in convincing the school's principal to boost West's drama program.
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Man battered on after confrontation

 The 32-year-old victim told police he was walking on the 4700 block of Jenewein Road when he was attacked by three young men.

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Man robbed at gun point on E. Washington Ave.

 The victim said he was approached by two men, both of whom had hand guns. 

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CDC finds more girls getting cervical cancer vaccine

Local doctors say national statistics underline the importance of continued education for parents about getting teenagers vaccinated against HPV. More>>

Court records: homicide victim intended to sell pot

A criminal complaint states a Madison homicide victim from Portland, Oregon intended to sell marijuana, but was instead fatally shot. More>>

Madison recommends two buildings as possible shelters for undocumented children Video included

The City of Madison is giving the federal government two options for a shelter that could house up to 250 undocumented children for a period of 30 to 60 days. More>>

Body of man who jumped from Wisconsin Dells bridge recovered

The body of a man who reportedly jumped off a bridge into the Wisconsin River in June has been recovered. According to the Wisconsin Dells Police Department, the body of 23-year-old Alexander McNair was recovered Thursday morning.
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Congressman Ryan proposes overhaul of federal poverty programs Video included

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- Speaking to a crowd at the American Enterprise Institute Thursday morning, Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-1) laid out an ambitious plan for improving the federal government's approach to battling poverty. More>>

Computer scammers ordered by federal court to pay $5.1 million

Earlier this week an exclusive 27 News story warned consumers about a computer scam that is making a comeback in Southern Wisconsin. The Federal Trade Commission has announced a followup development with this situation. More>>

Man arrested after creating disturbance at West Towne Mall

The man had been smoking synthetic marijuana and was screaming and throwing merchandise around the Boston Store's men's department. More>>

Man accused of killing his child's mother in court Thursday

The man authorities say killed the mother of his child will appear in court Thursday. More>>

One dead after high speed crash in Sauk County

One person is dead after a single vehicle accident in Sauk County. More>>

Racine mom brings kids along to rob stranger's home Video included

A man in Racine foiled a robbery when he came home to find a mother, and her 3 children, inside ready to steal his things. More>>

WI Supreme Court to decide murder-for-hire case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule in a case involving a man convicted for his role in plotting to kill his lover's husband. More>>

Police search for suspects of overnight armed robbery

Madison police are looking for two people they say robbed a man early Thursday morning. More>>

Both suspects in Stradivarius theft due in court

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A Milwaukee man who pleaded guilty to a role in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin is due to be sentenced, and his co-defendant is expected to change his not-guilty plea. More>>

WI court to decide cellphone tracking cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected to clarify whether police can use cellphone data to track suspects. More>>

"Nashville" stars to play at Rock County 4-H Fair Video included

JANESVILLE (WKOW) – For fans of the ABC television show “Nashville,” they’ll have the chance to see the stars behind the characters Deacon Claybourne and Scarlett O’Connor perform at the Rock County 4-H Fair on Saturday. Charles Esten, who goes by Chip, and Clare Bowen will hit the stage at 8 p.m. at the fair as part of Esten’s tour.“This is one of the many amazing byproducts of this great show that I get to be on, ‘Nashville’,” said Esten about the tour.Visiting the area is also personal for... More>>

Spending not explained by Ozanne campaign

Democratic Attorney General candidate and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne didn't account for a third of his campaign spending. More>>

Bicyclist critically hurt in Green Lake County

A bicyclist from Green Lake County is in the hospital after a crash Wednesday morning. More>>

How negative ads could sway the Governor's race Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- The race for Governor has taken a negative turn in recent weeks. Republican Governor Scott Walker's campaign released an ad July 16 criticizing democratic challenger Mary Burke for benefiting from her family's company, Trek Bicycles, outsourcing jobs overseas. Burke then hit back with a response ad on July 18, criticizing Walker's administration for awarding state money from the Wisconsin Economic Development corporation to two companies that outsourced jobs.
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Local family gets dream treehouse thanks to TV show Video included

A Barneveld family got the surprise of a lifetime, thanks to the TV show Treehouse Masters. More>>

Rep. Richards proposes new position to protect senior citizens Video included

 Wisconsin Attorney General candidate Jon Richards wants to create a new position with the State Department of Justice.

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Mike McCarthy honored with street named after him

 McCarthy becomes just the third Packers coach with a street named after him, joining Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren.

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UPDATE: Burke, Walker remain in dead heat in Governor's race Video included

The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows Gov. Scott Walker in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Mary Burke. More>>

Computer scam is making a comeback in Wisconsin Video included

An old computer scam has re-emerged in Southern Wisconsin. For several years scammers have called computer owners claiming to work for Microsoft Software. These individuals tell users that they need to gain access to the computer in order to fix something in the user's system.
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Wisconsin to stop enforcing birth control law

Gov. Scott Walker's administration will no longer enforce the state's contraception coverage law for employers with religious objections following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month. More>>

Unemployment up in Wisconsin's largest cities

Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. More>>

Wisconsin Dells man convicted of vehicular homicide avoids jail time

BARABOO (WKOW) -- A 28-year-old Wisconsin Dells man convicted of vehicular homicide is spared jail time. More>>

Group of teens steal purse from woman

 Police say the woman was walking in the 6300 block when several young men peddled up to her on bikes. 

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UW's Dairyland Initiative gets grant to continue online help for farmers

UW-Madison's vet school is getting another grant to work on cow health on campus. More>>

Gov. Walker requests FEMA disaster declaration

MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) has requested a federal disaster declaration for local government costs associated with the record severe winter weather of 2013-14.
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Lyndon Station man critically injured in accident with tractor

A Lyndon Station man has life threatening injuries following an accident with a piece of farm equipment. More>>

Police search for 4th suspect in Milwaukee Co. interstate shooting

Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County. More>>

Kramer uses campaign funds to fight sex assault accusations Video included

A campaign finance report shows republican lawmaker Bill Kramer used donor funds to pay an attorney $10,000 to defend him against felony, sex assault charges. More>>

Pepin Co. sex offender petitions to go without supervision

An Arkansas, WI man with a long history of sexual assaults is asking to go without supervision. More>>

Hoofer Sailing Club Celebrates 75 years Video included

The Hoofer Sailing Club is celebrating 75 years this weekend.
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Growing need for summer lunch program Video included

The Summer Food Service Program is federally funded and locally operated. The program ensures that kids have access to free meals when school is not in session. More>>

Forum held for Democratic attorney general candidates in Madison Video included

The race to be Wisconsin's next Attorney General came to Madison Tuesday. More>>

Accused kidnapper pleads not guilty to amended charge

The suspect in the kidnapping of a newborn from the town of Beloit pleaded not guilty to an amended charge. More>>

Black Earth Meats to close

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The owner of Black Earth Meats says his business will close by the end of July. More>>

Humane society in Janesville hires veterinarian to its staff Video included

JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- For the first time in its more than 100-year history, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has hired a veterinarian to its staff. Becky Stuntebeck began working at the humane society in Janesville earlier this month. More>>

Police demonstrate dangers of hot cars Video included

 When time was up, the outside temperature read 86 but his car's temperature was 104 degrees.

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Waiting lists at tech colleges to shrink thanks to $35 million grant Video included

 The money will be used to get more students into programs and courses in high-demand fields.

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United Way president retiring in 2015 Video included

MADISON (WKOW) --The top official at the United Way of Dane County is retiring. More>>

Tornado recovery continues in Platteville as home and business owners apply for low-interest loans Video included

More than a month has passed since a handful of tornadoes swept through Southeast Wisconsin. In the small college community of Platteville the recovery continues. Several homes are still unlivable at this time. A handful of businesses are still closed after the storm. More>>

UPDATE: Gov. Walker got $68,500 from corporations that outsourced jobs Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker's most recent campaign finance report shows he received money from 11 corporations that have outsourced jobs to other countries. More>>

Terence Doddy charged with second killing

Prosecutors in Lee County, Illinois, filed 12 murder counts against 36-year-old Terrence Doddy, of Rockford. Tonya Bargman, 44, was killed July 1. More>>

Walker campaign releases new advertisement

Governor Scott Walker's campaign has released "Not So Much," a new statewide television advertisement.
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Cottage Grove man arrested after vehicle versus building crash

A Cottage Grove man was arrested for his first drunken driving offense causing injury after he struck the side of a building. More>>

Wisconsin GOP files complaint over Trek Bicycles ad

The Republican Party of Wisconsin has filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board alleging that Trek Bicycle Corporation is using corporate dollars to aid Mary Burke’s campaign. More>>

Red Cross urges blood donation in face of looming shortage Video included

The American Red Cross announced Tuesday it is facing a looming blood shortage and has an urgent need for donors of all blood types.
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Boy thought to be missing found

A Dane County Sheriff's Deputy tells 27 News a two-year-old previously missing has been found. More>>

Court says insurance policies purchased through federal exchange aren't eligible for subsidies Video included

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low and middle-income people who have bought policies.If upheld, the decision could mean premium increases for more than half of the 8 million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law.It affects consumers who purchased their coverage through the federal insurance marketplace -- or exchange-- that serves 36 s... More>>

Court: Whistleblower law doesn't protect interns

The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a state law protecting health care workers who act as whistleblowers doesn't apply to unpaid interns. More>>

Railroad tracks open following Slinger derailment

The railroad tracks have been cleared of derailed train cars in Slinger.Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron said Tuesday the tracks are once again open to train traffic. More>>

Woman taken into custody after standoff

Officials took a woman into protective custody after a standoff Monday night; during the standoff, she threatened to shoot officers. More>>

UPDATE: Supreme Court sides with railroad in collision

A Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling in a case involving a train that struck a minivan that was stuck on the tracks on Memorial Day could have a wide-ranging impact on the state's rail traffic. More>>

UPDATE: Wisconsin Supreme Court reverses rape ruling

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule in a case over whether a man convicted of raping a woman should be allowed to introduce testimony about an alleged prior consensual sexual relationship. More>>

Hulsey raises just $2,500 in race for governor

Longshot Democratic candidate for governor Brett Hulsey raised just shy of $2,500 over the first six months of the year. More>>

Menards, former executive reach legal settlement

Court records and attorneys say the Menards home improvement company has settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former executive. More>>

Woman arrested for OWI after multi-vehicle crash

Madison police arrested a woman after a multi-vehicle crash on Madison’s west side. More>>

Drunken 12-year-old Wausau boy hospitalized

WAUSAU (WKOW) -- Wausau police say a drunken 12-year-old boy was taken to a hospital Saturday and kept overnight. More>>

Anonymous military member sends Purple Heart to Waukesha stabbing victim Video included

The Waukesha girl who was stabbed by her peers is continuing to receive an outpouring of love.
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