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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team just barely escaped NCAA sanctions for academic reasons. A report released Wednesday said the Panthers were below the 60 percent graduation success rate with an academic progress score of 916 for the last three years. That's just below the required 925 and the national average of 928 for men's basketball. But the Panthers went above the minimum when statistical adjustments for squad sizes were taken into account. Coach Rob Jeter says his team does stress academics and they've been pro-active in doing it.
You would assume that losing is bad for business, but the waiting list just keeps growing for Green Bay Packer season tickets. The list now has almost 74,000 and only 156 tickets become available each year. Ticket supervisor Carol Edwin says Packer fans have placed their unborn children on the list and will then call back when they know the names. Regular season games at Lambeau Field have been sold out since 1960. The last time the team sold any individual tickets was on Jan. 4, 2004 when over 13,000 seats were available for a first-round playoff contest against Seattle.
An agreement to be signed on Thursday will tie four of the region's public colleges and universities together to help grow business in both the St. Croix and Chippewa Valley regions. The agreement is called "Educational Partnership for Regional Development" and will allow the schools to work together to help businesses in the region. "Those of us in the St. Croix and Chippewa valleys have known for quite some time that we are committed in our collaboration to develop the 'IQ Corridor' that spans I-94," said Don Betz, University of Wisconsin-River Falls chancellor.
Fishermen heading to northern Wisconsin may want to pack cold lunches this weekend. The Wisconsin DNR Wednesday issued emergency burning restrictions for seven counties starting Thursday. The counties include: Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer counties Burning permits had already been suspended, but now ATV use on state trails and smoking outdoors are also prohibited. And campfires will only be allowed in designated areas with added precautions.
PRESCOTT - A motor vehicle accident helped cause an explosion that killed the operator of the vehicle and injured a Prescott police officer on the scene Saturday evening. A pick-up truck collided with a house on the northwest corner of the intersection of Pearl and Hampshire streets. The truck had been northbound on Pearl St. when it left the roadway and struck the south side of the house at 1010 Pearl St. The front of the truck was embedded six feet into the home and it damaged a natural gas meter on the side of the house and caused a gas leak.
A woman from Madison is accused of getting thousands in donations for a cancer she never had. Angelia Culberson, 36, was charged this week in Columbia County with felony theft. Attorneys will meet with a judge on Tuesday to decide how the case will proceed.
The flu season is officially here. Wisconsin recorded its first official case yesterday, after a 35-year-old woman got sick in Vernon County. State health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot. They also urge good hygiene -- like keeping your hands off your nose and mouth, and staying home from work or school if you're sick. Wisconsin's flu season normally runs from early December to March. The most cases occur in January or early February.
MADISON -- Kraft Foods, which owns Madison-based Oscar Mayer, may soon become an independent company. Kraft was bought by Phillip Morris, later called the Altria Group, in the 1980s. According to Dan Olszewski, director of the Weinart Center For Entrepreneurship at University of Wisconsin-Madison, many expected Altria to spin off Kraft at a recent board meeting, but so far nothing has happened. He says Kraft has been moving towards a split for some time.
BELOIT -- The chair of the Bad River Band of Chippewa and city officials in Beloit are celebrating a temporary victory in their efforts to build a casino. A bill in Congress aimed at restricting the spread of off-reservation casinos failed to get the two-thirds vote needed for passage. Beloit has been working with the Bad River Tribe for five years to get approval for a three-hundred to four-hundred million-dollar casino that city leaders say would create thousands of jobs and pump millions of dollars into the local economy.
Veterans issues are becoming a key part of the campaign of Isaac Weix who is running for the 29th Assembly District. Weix is a U.S. Marine Corps reservist who recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq and now runs a hardware store in Elmwood - a store he co-owns with his brother. "Politicians are good at writing benefits, but bad at setting up the bureaucracy that runs them," said Weix who is running as a Republican to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Andy Lamb.