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The Iowa County sheriff is asking for the public's help to identify the victim of what he calls an "extremely brutal murder." A town employee found the body of a 20- to 30-year-old black man while cutting grass in a highway ditch on Tuesday between Barneveld and Blue Mounds. The man was around 6-feet, 160-180 pounds, with short-cropped hair. He was found lying face down along Mounds View Road near Highway 18-151. Sheriff Steven Michek could not say anything about a cause of death - how long the man might have been there - or evidence close by.
Federal law prohibits anyone who's ruled mentally defective from owning a gun. But when gun shops in Wisconsin do background checks on buyers, they're never told about mental problems because state law keeps them secret. That would change under a bill introduced Wednesday by state Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills. The federal law also prohibits anyone committed to a mental institution from owning a firearm and the U.S.
For the second straight year, Isabel Jacobson, 14, Madison, has made the semi-finals of the National Spelling Bee. She's one of 58 who survived the first three rounds Wednesday in Washington. Not as fortunate were 228 others. She advanced by correctly spelling danceable, anti-oxidant, and myrmecologist. That's a person who studies ants. Today's semi-finals start at 9 a.m. They'll be televised on ESPN, and ABC will show the finals tonight. Isabel is an eighth-grader at Madison's O'Keeffe Middle School.
With 1,650 traffic free miles Wisconsin has one of the most extensive bike trail systems in the nation. However, before bicyclists, horseback riders or rollerbladers take to the trails they should remember to purchase their 2007 state trail pass say officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. A year-long pass is $15 and a day-pass is $4 and all revenue generated from the sale of passes goes right back into maintaining the trails. "The revenue lost from people using the trails without purchasing a trail pass means there are fewer funds available for trail maintenance and im
With much of the work done by volunteers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be opening a new equestrian loop at the Eau Galle Recreation Area in Spring Valley. The loop will be dedicated on June 9 at 10 a.m.
WABASHA -- A walk through the new National Eagle Center is the closest you can come to a walk on the riverbank without being outdoors. The two-story-high windows overlooking the Mississippi River offer a panoramic view of the waterway, the wildlife and the Wisconsin bluffs and woods on the other side of the water. And in the heart of it stand Harriet, Angel and Columbia, resident bald eagles. They are essentially grounded due to injuries, but that doesn't prevent them from projecting an image of freedom and patriotism.
State Democratic Party chairman Joe Wineke says he will not step down, despite calls from some of his own members to do so. They say it's a conflict of interest for Wineke, a former legislator, to head the state party while being a paid lobbyist for AT&T. The communications giant recently hired Wineke to get his ex-colleagues to approve the bill which lets AT&T provide cable TV service while stripping local communities of the right to regulate their carriers. Eau Claire County Democrats passed a resolution last week saying Wineke should resign from the state party. They said his lobbying i
The Green Bay Packers were apparently in the running to get Keyshawn Johnson, before the veteran receiver retired this week. ESPN hired Johnson Wednesday as a studio analyst and he told reporters the Packers were very interested in him. The 34-year-old Johnson said pro personnel director Reggie McKenzie convinced him to consider Green Bay after Carolina cut him.
Gov. Jim Doyle has said the new expansion of Family Care would save money, but the Legislative Fiscal Bureau says he's wrong for now. The non-partisan study group says it'll cost the state an extra $58 million a year through 2011. When federal funding is added in, the extra cost is $196 million a year. Family Care provides long-term care for the elderly and disabled in community-based settings instead of nursing homes. A pilot program is in the process of being expanded statewide. Rep.