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Wisconsin Legislature Declares Wild Pigs Harmful

Posted: 03/12/2008 - The state Senate has declared wild pigs harmful animals. The Senate passed a bill Wednesday attaching the moniker to the pigs, which have been a problem in southwestern Wisconsin for years.

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Eye on the Sky: Celestial Signs of the Coming Warm Season

Updated: 03/12/2008 - Although it’s brought plenty of opportunities for winter-sports enthusiasts, this cold and snowy winter has probably left even the most enthusiastic of them sincerely looking for any signs of spring.

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Madison to Host World Stem Cell Summit in September

Posted: 03/12/2008 - Hundreds of the world's top players in the field of stem cell research will gather in Madison for a summit in September. Up to 1,000 researchers, philanthropists and business representatives are expected to attend the World Stem Cell Summit at the Alliant Energy Center on Sept. 22 and 23.

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Smoking Ban Appears to be Going Up in Smoke in Wis. Legislature

Updated: 03/12/2008 - Barring a last-minute breakthrough, a statewide smoking ban is about to be snuffed out in the Legislature. The Assembly plans to finish its work for the year on Wednesday and the smoking ban was not scheduled for a vote.

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Wausau's Sylvan Tubing Hill Closing for Season This Sunday

Updated: 03/11/2008 - Here's another indication that spring is on the way: Wausau's Sylvan Tubing Hill is planning to be closed for the season on Sunday, March 16. An official for the Wausau Parks Department tells NewsChannel 7 it will remain open until Sunday evening.

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Wausau Metropolitan Police Department Soon Becoming a Reality?

Updated: 03/11/2008 - A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon regarding the possibility of merging the Wausau and Everest Metro Police Departments. The new force would be known as the "Wausau Metropolitan Police Department," according to Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel.

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Wisconsin Senate Approves Mental Exams for Prospective Police

Updated: 03/11/2008 - The state Senate has approved psychological tests for all prospective full-time police officers in Wisconsin. The bill comes after Forest County Sheriff's deputy and part-time Crandon police officer Tyler Peterson killed six young people with his SWAT rifle last fall.

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Heavy Snow in Southern Wisconsin Raises Risk of Spring Flood

Updated: 03/11/2008 - A state official says counties are gearing up for possible spring flooding, including making sure they have enough sandbags. Wisconsin Emergency Management spokeswoman Lori Getter says the highest risk for flooding is in the southern third of the state, which has received more snow than normal this winter.

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Founder of Trek Bicycles, Richard Burke, Dies at 73

Posted: 03/11/2008 - The founder of the world's top bicycle-maker, Trek Bicycles, has died. The company says Richard "Dick" Burke died Monday night at the age of 73. Company spokesman Eric Bjorling says Burke died at a Milwaukee hospital from complications from heart surgery.

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Wisconsin Assembly Passes Resolution Honoring Brett Favre

Updated: 03/11/2008 - The state Assembly has passed a resolution honoring former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. The resolution commends Favre for becoming the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns, completions, attempts and victories by a quarterback.

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D.A. Kratz to Announce Candidacy for 6th District Congressional Seat

Posted: 03/11/2008 - The special prosecutor in Teresa Halbach's murder is expected to announce his Republican candidacy for the 6th District Congressional seat currently held by Tom Petri. Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz scheduled a news conference for later Tuesday at his residence in Darboy.

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Coast Guard Begins Clearing Path for Ships

Posted: 03/11/2008 - One of the first signs of spring is evident on Lake Superior Tuesday. The Coast Guard is beginning to break the ice and clear a path for ships after a rough winter.

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Wisconsin Legislators Balk at Idea of Extending Stadium Sales Tax

Posted: 03/11/2008 - A sales tax to support the Miller Park stadium is tentatively set to end in 2014, and now two state lawmakers are pushing to make that end date a reality. The 0.1 percent stadium sales tax is assessed in five counties in southeast Wisconsin.

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