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Baldwin spokesman dismisses ex-staffer's complaint to ethics committeeSubmitted: 04/20/2015
MADISON - A spokesman for Sen. Tammy Baldwin says a former staffer who has filed an ethics complaint against the senator is letting herself be used as a pawn by Baldwin's Republican opponents.

John Kraus made the statement in response to the complaint Monday from Marquette Baylor.

Baylor was fired in January. Her complaint to the Senate ethics committee says Baldwin used her as a scapegoat in the office's handling of reports on overprescribing of narcotics at the VA hospital in Tomah.

Baldwin took responsibility for mishandling constituent concerns about the hospital in February.

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NORTHWOODS - Chippewa tribes in Wisconsin may be one step closer to being able to hunt deer at night again.

Last year, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Federal Judge Barbara Crabb to reconsider a ban on night deer hunting. In 1991, she ruled against night hunting in ceded territory for safety reasons.

The state of Wisconsin asked the U.S. Supreme Court to look at that decision, but on Monday the court decided not to take up the case.

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PIEHL - The home of Ashlee Martinson and Thomas and Jennifer Ayers remains an active crime scene. But sheriff's deputies think an 18-year-old broke into it last week.

Martinson is charged with killing the Ayers couple at the home last month.

Last Thursday, Oneida County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Dan Mohr for burglary and theft at the home. He said he was a friend of Martinson.

According to the criminal complaint, Oneida County dispatch received a complaint that a car was between the storage shed and garage at the victim's house in Piehl.

Mohr was in the driveway when police arrived. Mohr said he got in through an unlocked front door. He said he didn't take anything, but after police searched him, they found three pocket knives, seven small pieces of paper with sketches, a pair of latex gloves, and black cloth gloves. He said he found the sketches in Martinson's room.

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WISCONSIN - Wisconsin dentists want to break down the barriers to good dental care that exist here in the Northwoods and throughout the state. Accomplishing that task will require changing both the way patients think about preventative treatment and the way dentists handle certain insurance plans.



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WINCHESTER - Animals can often make special bonds with children. An autism support group called "Blazing a New Trail" is taking advantage of those bonds to help kids adjust to their challenges.

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TOMAH - A veterans medical center at the center of a controversy over painkillers will be reducing its Urgent Care Clinic's hours.

The Tomah VA medical center is eliminating overnight hours for its urgent care clinic.

That's because of staffing shortages.

Three nurses left their positions recently.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency to deal with elevated wildfire conditions.

Walker issued the declaration Monday. It calls on all state agencies to assist in potential wildlife response and recovery efforts.

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ST. PAUL - Authorities in Minnesota have charged six men they say attempted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

A criminal complaint unsealed Monday charges the men with conspiring to provide and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

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MADISON - Sheriff's deputies have arrested three more men in connection with a state drug informant's death.

The Dane County Sheriff's Department announced Monday that the men were taken into custody over the weekend on suspicion of aiding a felon and being a party to a crime of hiding a corpse.

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