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Law limiting collective bargaining upheldSubmitted: 07/31/2014
MADISON - After protests, recall elections and lawsuits, a state supreme court decision came down Thursday morning on the law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.

The court has upheld the 2011 law in a split decision.

The court ruled 5-2 Thursday morning that the law is valid.

The decision came in a challenge filed by the Madison teachers union and a union representing Milwaukee public workers.

They had argued that the law violated workers' constitutional rights to free assembly and equal protection.

A federal appeals court twice upheld the law as constitutional.

The law prohibits public worker unions from collectively bargaining for anything beyond wage increases based on inflation.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker introduced it shortly after taking office.

He rose to national prominence as he defended the law and won the 2012 recall election.

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Accused driver had received license only weeks before deadly crash, case moves forwardSubmitted: 07/31/2014

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CRANDON - The case against an 18-year-old Laona man will go ahead after a Forest County judge found enough evidence to move forward Wednesday.

Austin Ginter, 18, faces reckless homicide charges in Forest County after a car crash killed 15-year-old Chance Harcus. Another 16-year-old girl was also injured in the July 13th car crash on Old 8 Road west of Crandon.

New information from a preliminary hearing Wednesday shows that Ginter only had his driver's license for two weeks before the crash.

Wisconsin State Patrolman Justin Bender testified for the prosecution. He was the officer that reconstructed the car crash. He says the car was going at least 114 miles per hour when the driver lost control, but could have been going as fast as 126 miles per hour.

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Update-Man dead after being pulled from a Vilas County LakeSubmitted: 07/31/2014

CONOVER - We now know the man pulled from the water of a Vilas County lake Wednesday died.

The Sheriff's Department says the man was in Upper Buckatabon Lake in Conover.

They now say the man collapsed over the side of his boat before being rescued from the water.

The first call to the sheriff's department yesterday afternoon said it appeared the man was hit by his own boat.

The man was pulled from the water and C-P-R was immediately performed.

He was flown to Wausau Aspirus Hospital.

The man's name has not been released at this time.

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SPECIAL REPORT: DHS investigates Golden Age facility in Tomahawk Submitted: 07/31/2014

TOMAHAWK - We first told you about concerns about a nursing home operator in Tomahawk back in December.

Now, we have new information on Golden Age in Tomahawk.

The state Department of Health and Human Services completed an investigation into the facility at the end of last month. The report became available to WJFW Thursday morning.

The 311-page report gives details into why the facility was cited for sub-standard quality of care.

Golden Age broke 21 federal nursing home rules.

The report states that nurses weren't keeping accurate records of bathroom breaks and showers for patients.

Some of those patients went nearly three weeks without a shower or routine skin checks.

The state also found that at least two patients were physically restrained, which is illegal.

The facility serves patients with specific dementia care needs.

Those responsible for that care were cited for not being focused enough on individual patient needs.

Nurses at the facility were seen as more dependent on medication for treating those patients, instead of one-on-one interaction.

The nursing home is owned by GoldenLiving Centers, which is based out of Texas.

They're one of the largest nursing home operators in the country.

We want to be clear, that GoldenLiving Centers owns two facilities in Tomahawk.

The facility in question is Golden Age.

If you'd like to follow the discussion, or to learn more about the DHS report, you can join the discussion on our Facebook page.



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Man sent to hospital after ATV crashSubmitted: 07/31/2014

TOMAHAWK - An ATV crash sent a Tomahawk man to the hospital last night.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's department tells us 49 year old Michael Van Strydonk was hurt around 11 last night just outside of Tomahawk.

His ATV had been going south on Cloverbelt road.

It rolled over as Van Strydonk approached the intersection with County D.

He was conscious and talking right after the crash, but was unresponsive by the time emergency personnel arrived.

Van Strydonk was taken to St. Joseph's hospital in Marshfield, where he was in stable condition Thursday morning.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter identification lawSubmitted: 07/31/2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning voters can be required to show photo identification at the polls.

But that law remains blocked by a federal court decision.

The law was struck down in April by a federal judge in Milwaukee.

His ruling is under appeal.

A federal appeals court would have act for the voter I-D law to take effect.

Four lawsuits have been filed over the law passed in 2011.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued rulings in two cases on the question Thursday morning, concluding in both that the law was constitutional.

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Homebuilt plane crashes in Wisconsin; 2 injuredSubmitted: 07/31/2014

OSHKOSH - Oshkosh authorities say a small plane crash has left two people injured.

The Oshkosh Fire Department says the homebuilt plane crashed Wednesday when it lost power as it was attempting to land.

The pilot and passenger are brothers from Kentucky. Fire officials say the men had to be removed from the wreckage. Their injuries aren't life-threatening.

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Man accused of holding wife against her willSubmitted: 07/30/2014

FON DU LAC - An armed standoff in Fond du Lac has ended with the arrest of a man accused of holding a gun to his wife's head and refusing to let her leave their home.

Police say the 37-year-old man was arrested shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday after the 28-year-old woman fled from the house. Authorities say two children in the home were not harmed.

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Possible police shooting suspect caught in Minn.Submitted: 07/30/2014

WEST ST. PAUL, MN - A potential suspect in the shooting of a police officer in West St. Paul has been captured near the suburb of Woodbury.

Television news footage shows the man being pulled from his vehicle just off Interstate 494. Police have a massive presence with scores of officers and squad cars on site.

The capture comes about three hours after an officer was shot while making a traffic stop.

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