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Steven Avery's request for a new trial will be debated in court Tuesday, 10 days before he's scheduled to be sentenced in the slaying of Teresa Halbach. Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, defense lawyers, wrote a 39-page document trying to prove that the state denied Avery a fair trial in February and March.
Road rage is apparently a growing problem for western Wisconsinites who work in Minnesota's Twin Cities. Minneapolis and St. Paul was rated the most courteous city for drivers a year ago. But this year's survey by the travel group Auto Vantage only has the Twin Cities ranked 12th on a list of 25. Milwaukee is not part of the survey in which residents are quizzed about road rage and then the cities are ranked according to their numbers of incidents. Miami was rated the worst for the second straight year.
With the primary just nine months away, more Wisconsin leaders are choosing sides in the presidential race. Kathleen Falk, Dane County executive, leads a group which announced its support Monday for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. Matt Flynn, former state Democratic Party chairman, and Tom Loftus, University of Wisconsin regent, who's a former Assembly speaker and U.S. ambassador to Norway, also support Clinton. Falk calls Clinton strong, smart and battle-tested.
Brett Favre will skip the Green Bay Packers' mandatory mini-camp this weekend, to help his oldest daughter Brittany get ready for her high school graduation. The 37-year-old quarterback was not expected to practice anyway, because he's recovering from ankle surgery a few weeks ago. Brittany graduates on May 25th. Favre was interviewed by his close friend Al Jones of the Biloxi Sun-Herald in Mississippi, after the three-time MVP denied reports Monday that he asked to be traded.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Division 3 softball tournament. The Blugolds will open against No. 6 Rhode Island on Friday afternoon in Salem Virginia. The tournament is down to eight finalists and UW-Eau Claire secured one of the spots by winning its own regional on Sunday. The Blugolds are 35-12 and have won 12 of their last 13. Rhode Island comes in at 41-5. Linfield of Oregon was given the top-seed Monday in the double-elimination tournament. It will run at least through Monday.
University of Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco is back to square-one in his search for an NFL team. He took part in the New York Giants' mini-camp over the weekend, but coach Tom Coughlin said Monday that none of the free-agent quarterbacks the Giants auditioned would be invited to training camp. Coughlin described the work-outs as an opportunity for Stocco and the others. "They know the situation," said Coughlin. It was Stocco's second NFL tryout. His first was with the Green Bay Packers earlier this month.
A judge said Eric Hainstock was not coerced into telling authorities he shot and killed his high school principal in Cazenovia. Sauk County Circuit Judge Patrick Taggart said no Monday to keeping a jury from hearing the 16-year-old's confession. Hainstock is charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide in last September's killing of John Klang, Weston High School principal. Rhoda Ricciardi, public defender, says Hainstock is a year or more behind in school. At a hearing last week, she tried to convince the judge that Hainstock's learning disabilities kept him from understandi
The state Natural Resources Board will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday in Milwaukee to consider expanding fishing restrictions.
For 50 years, the school board in Osceola would do its business and then share a late meal or snacks after everybody else went home. But that tradition came to a sudden halt after a newspaper's editor and publisher came back after a meeting last month and found the members still discussing school business behind the public's back. That would be against the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law which requires that all matters be discussed in public with certain exceptions. Kyle Weaver, editor of the weekly Sun in Osceola, filed a complaint with the Polk County district attorney and he expects a decisi
The Army Corps of Engineers and more rescue divers from Minnesota will join in the search today (Tuesday) for four boaters missing since Saturday on the Mississippi River. Authorities and dozens of volunteers failed Monday to find any trace of Chi Kong Yang, his fiancée, Cee Her, and her two children, Josh and Amanda Xiong. They fell from a fishing boat Saturday in rough waters near a lock and dam at Dresbach, Minn., and their boat got sucked into the lock structure. A boat equipped with sonar will be among the things employed today.