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State candidate sent campaign email from schools account Submitted: 02/25/2017

MADISON - State superintendent candidate Lowell Holtz sent a campaign-focused email detailing his support among Republicans using his Whitnall Public School email address during a school day.

The email sent in May appears to be in violation of the state law prohibiting the use of government resources for campaign work.

The email was provided to The Associated Press by the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now which received it through an open records request.

Holtz did not respond to a request for comment.

Former chief state elections administrator Kevin Kennedy says the email does break the law, but it's not likely to rise to the level of something warranting prosecution. Kennedy says it shows more of a lack of judgment than criminal act.

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Southeastern Wisconsin couple charged for hogtying 12-year-old son Submitted: 02/25/2017

OCONOMOWOC - A Wisconsin couple is charged with child neglect and suffocation after police say they gagged and "hog-tied" a 12-year-old boy with duct tape while they went out to dinner in December.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the victim's mother and stepfather, of Oconomowoc, each face misdemeanor counts of child neglect and felony counts of suffocation as parties to the crime. The woman faces an additional charge.

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Storm misses Birkie course, race canceled Submitted: 02/24/2017

HAYWARD - Organizers of the American Birkebeiner ski race have canceled this year's event in northern Wisconsin.

A snow storm that's dumped more than 10 inches of snow in parts of Wisconsin since Thursday missed the Hayward and Cable area where the annual cross-country race is held. Officials say record high temperatures and rain recently have left the Birkie course unsafe for a race on Saturday.

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Wisconsin voting law cases before federal court Submitted: 02/24/2017

CHICAGO - A federal appeals court hears arguments in a pair of cases involving Wisconsin's voting laws.

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was hearing arguments Friday in the cases that involve Wisconsin's voter ID and early voting laws.

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Police chief addresses future of officer who shot black man Submitted: 02/24/2017

MADISON - The white Madison police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager will continue working behind the scenes and not return to active patrol.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval made the announcement about Matt Kenny's future in a blog post Friday. The post came the day after Madison's insurance carrier settled a federal lawsuit with the family of Tony Robinson, Jr, for $3.35 million.

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Wisconsin sees increase in flu cases compared to last year Submitted: 02/23/2017

GREEN BAY - Wisconsin is seeing another jump in flu cases with five times the amount of confirmed cases compared to this time last year.

Data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows the state has had nearly 940 confirmed flu cases, compared to nearly 180 at the same point of last year's flu season.

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$3.35M settlement for family of black teen killed by officer Submitted: 02/23/2017

MADISON - Relatives of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by police in Madison, Wisconsin, say they have settled a federal civil rights lawsuit for $3.35 million.

Attorneys for Tony Robinson's family announced the settlement Thursday. City Attorney Mike May says the city doesn't have an immediate statement. The Robinson family plans to address the media Thursday afternoon.

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North Dakota protest camp cleared Submitted: 02/23/2017

CANNON BALL, N.D. - Authorities have declared a Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp in North Dakota officially cleared after going through the camp and arresting the last remaining holdouts.

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Turnout tops 8 percent in Wisconsin superintendent race Submitted: 02/22/2017

MADISON - Turnout in the primary for Wisconsin state superintendent exceeded the average of recent similar elections.

Turnout in Tuesday's primary hit 8.2 percent, based on unofficial results. The average turnout in the prior three primaries for state superintendent was 5.9 percent.

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House speaker getting firsthand look at US-Mexico border Submitted: 02/22/2017

MCALLEN, TX - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is visiting the Rio Grande valley for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.

It's the first time the Wisconsin Republican has visited the border, and protests have been announced to meet his arrival in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday.

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