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Giraffe kick victim speaks about incident Video included

The woman who made headlines this week after being kicked by a giraffe at Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison.
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Cloud over Evansville little league field of dreams Video included

The dream of little league parents in Evansville to complete the renovation of a baseball field with a new scoreboard is clashing with the community's historic protections, and sign rules More>>

UW Band director cools off with Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

Mike Leckrone cooled off on Friday with a bucket of ice cold water.
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UPDATE: Fitchburg Police investigating homicide of two women at a home Video included

Fitchburg Police are investigating a homicide on Yarmouth Greenway Drive involving two female adult victims.
Suspect is in custody, identity unknown.
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John Doe documents suggest Gov. Walker solicited funds for conservative groups

Newly released court documents include emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to Wisconsin Club for Growth, which would run ads for Walker and distribute money to other conservative groups backing him. More>>

Students with disabilities graduate job program Video included

Eight students graduated Friday from a unique program designed to help them get into the workforce.
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Series of thefts from vehicles on Madison's south side Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police are warning residents on Madison's south side about a series of thefts from vehicles.They say thefts have been reported in the Baycreek, Monona Bay and Greenbush neighborhoods.Police say in most cases, the vehicles have been left unlocked, but on occasion forced entry was made into vehicles.On Wednesday morning, someone broke into a car on the 500 block of Wingra Street and stole a number of items, including a Glock handgun.Later that day, police found an empt... More>>

Ronald McDonald House benefits from national We Serve Day Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison "Service master" employees participate in a national volunteer effort on Friday. Servicemaster held it annual "We Serve Day"Thousands of employees, across the country, participated in volunteer efforts, including dozens in the Madison area, who helped stock the Ronald McDonald house. They stocked the local charity with cleaning products, puzzles, games, movies and toys. They also helped prepare some meals for those in need. Chris Poeschel, Vice President of Operat... More>>

American Family Children's Hospital accepts ALS Challenge Video included

American Family Children's Hospital is getting in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised a total of more than $50 million for the organization. More>>

Mayor Soglin proposes plan to regulate ridesharing companies Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Mayor Paul Soglin has put forward a proposal that aims to level the playing field among businesses that provide taxi services in Madison.It's an alternative to an ordinance Alder Scott Resnick has also put together to regulate all taxi companies in Madison.National ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft use local drivers in their own cars. They use smart phone applications to find customers in need of a ride. In recent months, the city has focused efforts to make sure thos... More>>

Recount requested in 17th Senate district Democratic primary race Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Friday was the deadline for candidates to request a recount from last week's primary election, and it looks like there will at least be one in 17th Senate district. More>>

Former Racine police officer arrested for armed robbery

Former police officer to be charged with armed robbery in Racine County.
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Monona police seek wanted man

Monona police seeking 51-year-old man who has two active arrest warrants.
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Sen. Leibham does not ask for recount in Dist. 6 primary

SHEBOYGAN (WKOW) -- State Senator Joe Leibham announces on Friday he will not ask for a recount in the primary election for the 6th Congressional District seat.Senator Leibham trails Senator Glenn Grothman by 219 votes after the official canvass.Leibham says he has informed Grothman of his decision.In a statement released Friday afternoon, Leibham says, "I am humbled to have been a candidate for the 6th District and I am proud of the positive campaign we conducted. I value the confidence expr... More>>

Officials remind everyone about the dangers of leaving kids and pets in cars

MADISON (WKOW) -- With some of the warmest weather expected this weekend, local health officials remind everyone about the dangers of leaving kids and pets in cars. More>>

Committee votes to end Pitbull ban in Cambridge Video included

Pitbulls may soon be allowed in the Village of Cambridge. On Thursday, a the village licensing committee voted to recommend a changing the or dance that bans the breed. More>>

UW Police investigate early morning sex assault

UW Madison Police are investigating a sex assault that happened around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning on North Park Street. More>>

Taverns file discrimination lawsuit against the City of Racine

Taverns in Racine are upset and have refiled a discrimination lawsuit against the city.
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Decorated war hero from WI dies in Afghanistan Video included

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An Army paratrooper born in Wisconsin has died while serving in Afghanistan. More>>

Cat adoptions in WI shelters on pause after virus

Cat adoptions will be temporarily suspended at the Wisconsin Humane Society shelter in Racine after four cats tested positive for a contagious and often fatal disease.
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Sheriff: Man steals Wisconsin police chief's truck

Wisconsin authorities have charged a Michigan man with breaking into the Wausau police chief's home and stealing his truck. More>>

Police: road rage biker is a felon, shouldn't have had gun

Police say the Milwaukee biker accused of shooting at a driver earlier this week is a felon and should not have had a gun in the first place. More>>

WI dog breeder pleads not guilty to abuse Video included

A Wisconsin dog breeder accused of animal abuse says she's innocent. More>>

National Weather Service confirms tornado touched down in WI Monday

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in Wisconsin this week. More>>

County won't pay medical expenses for burned baby

Officials in Atlanta are backing out on a promise to pay for the medical expenses of a Wisconsin boy burned during a drug raid. More>>

Wisconsin dairy going to fully robotic milking system Video included

Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland", so it's no surprise farmers are testing out groundbreaking technology here.
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Paul Ryan book tour in Milwaukee Video included

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan's book tour brought him back to his home state on Thursday.
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Group of Madison protestors show support for Ferguson Video included

Several dozen demonstrators in Madison showed their support for people in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Still no decision on Kenosha casino Video included

It's been nearly a year since the federal government approved a tribal casino in Kenosha, but Governor Walker has not decided whether to give his approval.
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Trempealeau County sand moratorium to expire

Trempealeau County's year-long moratorium on silica sand mining is set to expire at the end of this month.
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Fans will notice changes around Lambeau Field for Friday's preseason game Video included

GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- The Packers make their preseason debut at Lambeau Field Friday night. Fans will see a lot of changes around the stadium, including the new Pro Shop, Harlan plaza, and a brand new Lambeau leap statue. Team officials say if you're heading to the game, make sure to give yourself plenty of time check out the changes, and plenty of time to get to your seats.. The NFL security rule still stands, banning big bags and purses. Aaron Popkey, the Director of Public Affairs for the ... More>>

Dane County raising awareness of ACA coverage for newlyweds Video included

DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Dane County kicks off a health care awareness campaign for newlywed couples. Since getting married is a qualifying event to sign up for health insurance, the Dane County clerks office has begun including information about how to sign up for the Affordable Care Act when couples come in to pick up their marriage licenses. Once a couple is married, they have 60 days to sign up. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell says, "We see most of our business in June, July and August so ... More>>

3,000 same-sex marriage petitions dropped off at Attorney General's office Video included

The newly formed Wisconsin Unites for Marriage will drop off around 3,000 petitions to Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office on Thursday asking him to drop the appeal of a federal court judge's decision to lift Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage. More>>

Dead pheasants found and vandalism at Richland Center High Video included

Vandalism was found Wednesday at multiple locations in the Richland School District.

Birds were killed in the FFA sheds along with damage to the athletic fields.
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Three people dead after crash in Jefferson County

Three people died Thursday in a crash in Jefferson County. According to a release by Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath the single vehicle crash happened just before 1 p.m. on County Highway in the Town of Hebron, east of Fort Atkinson.
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UPDATE: Police say stranger assault a safety reminder for returning students Video included

Early morning sexual assault along Fahrenbrook Court Wednesday.
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Portage man sentenced to 8 years for receiving child pornography

A Portage man was sentenced to 8 years Thursday for receiving child pornography by U.S. District Judge James Patterson. More>>

Federal court to unseal some John Doe documents

A federal appeals court has decided to unseal more documents in a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.
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UW regents OK $95 million budget request

The University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents has approved asking Gov. Scott Walker for $95 million in additional tax dollars in the next state budget. More>>

Packers fans ranked No. 1 in NFL according to Forbes

Many people in Wisconsin already believe Packers fans are the best in the NFL. More>>

Shots fired on Allied Drive

MADISON (WKOW) -- Police are investigating a shots fired complaint after finding numerous bullet casings on the 2300 block of Allied Drive.Police say the shots rang out around 10:00 p.m. last night.Police could not find anyone injured, nor any property damage.Police say there was a large gathering of people in the area, but they claimed to have heard nothing. Police believe one of the people in the group opened fire, possibly into the air. More>>

WI DOJ brings back open government seminars

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is bringing back its open government seminars again this fall. More>>

Two companies settle in state scam lawsuit

MADISON (AP) -- Two out-of-state companies have agreed to pay $50,000 to consumers and Wisconsin after the state sued them for scamming people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and airline tickets. More>>

Sand mine plans continue after co-owner sentenced in sexual assault case

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GLENWOOD CITY (WKOW) -- Plans for a frac sand mine in Glenwood City are still on despite the company's co-owner being sentenced in a sexual assault case. More>>

Janesville man arrested for 6th OWI

Authorities in Janesville arrested a man for his 6th OWI on Wednesday afternoon. More>>

Red Caboose Day Care Center license reinstated, will pay fine Video included

A Madison child care center that had its license revoked in July due to an alleged sexual assault will retain its license but will have to pay a fine and operate under several new conditions. More>>

Upper Mississippi receives Federal Marine Corridor Highway designation

The Upper Mississippi River has received Federal Marine Corridor Highway designation. More>>

Media coalition wants John Doe documents unsealed

A coalition of media and open government groups are pressing a federal appeals court to release nearly three dozen documents linked to a secret probe into Gov. Scott Walker's campaign. More>>

Packers ranked 13th by Forbes for team value

The Green Bay Packers brought in record revenue last year. But they're just above the middle of the pack when it comes to team value. More>>

Canvass confirms Grothman lead in 6th district

Sheboygan County's results are finally in, and they give Glenn Grothman a 219-vote lead over Joe Leibham in the hotly contested GOP primary for Wisconsin's lone open congressional seat. More>>

New security measures at Live on King Street concerts Video included

A new plan for crowd control at the Live on King Street concert series, following an August 8th performance by Ziggy Marley that drew thousands, causing complaints from some businesses about unruly concert-goers. More>>

Attorney General race in full swing Video included

COTTAGE GROVE (WKOW) --The race for state attorney general is in full swing after last week's primary election. On Wednesday, Republican candidate Brad Schimel was in Cottage Grove, where he said his experience as a prosecutor sets him apart from Susan Happ, his Democratic opponent.Schimel says, ""I will be Wisconsin's lawyer and I will defend our law and defend our citizens. I'm not going to go out on an activist agenda and unfortunately my opponent is talking very much about that."Schimel w... More>>

Verona elementary school devastated by June tornado will be ready for first day of school Video included

On Monday, teachers and workers were no longer required to wear hard hats in the school. Teachers are busy prepping their classrooms for the upcoming school year. More>>

Windsor quarry proposal meets resistance Video included

Homeowners in the town of Windsor are balking at the idea of a quarry in their backyards. More>>

Work continues on Gold Star Monument Video included

ROTHSCHILD (WKOW) -- Soldiers who were killed overseas were remembered Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Park in Rothschild. More>>

Darlington man sentenced to 25 years for producing child porn

A Darlington man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for producing child pornography. More>>

Burlington man faces charges for child porn downloads

A southeast Wisconsin man faces 10 felonies for downloading child pornography.
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Sky glider malfunctions at Milwaukee Co. Zoo

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No injuries after a dozen riders become stuck on the Milwaukee County Zoo's sky glider.
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Unemployment down in Wisconsin cities, counties

Unemployment fell in most Wisconsin cities and counties in July. More>>

Wisconsin senators make stops, discuss economy

Wisconsin's two senators are talking about economic issues as they make stops in the state.U.S.  More>>

First human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Wisconsin

State health officials are reporting the first human case of West Nile Virus this year.The State Department of Health Services says the the resident is from Ashland County in northern Wisconsin. More>>

UPDATE: No injuries in condo fire on Dorchester Way

No injuries reported after fire breaks out on Dorchester Way in Madison.
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Resident stops burglary suspect with help from passerby

MADISON (WKOW) -- A west side resident and two passerby helped catch a burglary suspect Tuesday afternoon.The victim, a 22-year-old Madison man, was inside his home when he saw 28-year-old David Breem Jr. attempt to enter his garage and car, but both were locked.The victim went out to confront Breem Jr., so tried walking away.But the victim called out to two nearby people for help. They were able to stop Breem Jr. until police arrived.Breem Jr. was arrested for attempted burglary and attempte... More>>

Marquette University graduate executed by militant group Video included

An American journalist and Marquette University graduate has been killed by an Islamic State extremist group. More>>

UW wants $95 million more in next state budget

University of Wisconsin System officials want Gov. Scott Walker to give them another $95.2 million in tax dollars in the next state budget. More>>

Two-county chase ends with three teens arrested

Teens arrested after leading police on a high speed chase in northern Wisconsin.
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Mummified body found in WI apartment

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found hidden in a Milwaukee-area apartment. More>>

Tree nurseries look to buy seeds

MADISON (AP) -- State-run tree nurseries are looking to buy native Wisconsin seeds for their reforestation program. More>>

Damaged Green Bay school to add 18 minutes to class day

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GREEN BAY (AP) -- A Green Bay high school damaged by fire will extend each class day by 18 minutes this school year to make up for starting almost two weeks late. More>>

Power line between Madison and La Crosse could cost $580M

MADISON (AP) -- An environmental assessment estimates the cost of a proposed high-voltage power line linking Madison and La Crosse at up to $580 million. More>>

Woman kicked by giraffe says she'll fight ticket Video included

A California woman who was kicked by a twelve-foot giraffe at the Vilas Zoo in Madison tells a newspaper she will fight a citation she received for disregarding zoo barriers to get to the animal. More>>

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