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Flood warning extended in Menominee CountySubmitted: 12/17/2014
KESHENA - A flood warning in the Menominee County community of Keshena will now be extended until Friday.

Yesterday, the water got high enough to close a highway.

The Department of Transportation closed down parts of Highway 47 and 55 due to the flooding yesterday.

The Menominee tribe says the water had risen two inches above the centerline - creating a safety hazard.

Now the tribe and the county - are trying to figure out what to do next.

Workers set up a detour for that section of road.

Drivers are being asked to avoid driving through standing water.

Ice jams on the Wolf River are causing the flooding.

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Medical College of Wisconsin to do concussion studySubmitted: 12/17/2014

MADISON - The Medical College of Wisconsin will help study concussions for the Defense Department.

The school got a four-year federal grant of more than 5-million dollars.

Concussions have become common injuries on battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in professional and youth sports.

The study will initially include about 900 athletes from 10 local high schools and two local colleges.

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Wisconsin ranked as 12th highest taxedSubmitted: 12/16/2014

MADISON - A new analysis finds that Wisconsin is the 12th highest taxed state in the country and third highest in the upper Midwest.

The nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance said that was based on Census data on tax collections Tuesday. It analyzed the tax data as a percentage of personal income.

The data shows that Wisconsin moved from 13th worst in 2011 up one spot to 12th in 2012, the most recent year available.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court to take up some Governor Walker related John Doe casesSubmitted: 12/16/2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear three cases stemming from a John Doe investigation of fundraising and spending by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and conservative groups backing him.

The court on Tuesday accepted a legal challenge from two targets of the probe; a separate lawsuit from those two targets and another; and an action by special prosecutor Francis Schmitz to try to reinstate subpoenas that were quashed by the judge overseeing the investigation.

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Expansion plan announced by Granite Peak leaders Submitted: 12/16/2014

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WAUSAU - Leaders at a central Wisconsin ski hill want to double the amount of visitors they get.

They think expanding its hill is the way to go.

Granite Peak will be asking the Department of Natural Resources to expand its ski area.

They announced the plans in a press conference earlier today.

Granite Peak leases more than 1600 acres in Rib Mountain State Park.

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Walker says he wants schools to have Common Core choiceSubmitted: 12/16/2014

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker is backing off his call for the Legislature to repeal Common Core academic standards, saying he simply wants to insure there is no mandate they be used.

Walker in July during his re-election campaign called on the Legislature to repeal the standards covering what students should know in the subjects of math and English. Walker said then he wanted them replaced with something Wisconsin-specific.

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Evidence to be reused against Wisconsin convictSubmitted: 12/16/2014

STEVENS POINT - Evidence that helped convict a Wisconsin Rapids man of a 2008 homicide will come into play when he goes on trial for the 1984 shooting death of his wife.

Joseph Reinwand is serving a life sentence after being convicted in October of first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Dale Meister. He's also charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Pamela Reinwand and is scheduled go to trial in July.

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Ice resurfacing machine gets blame for carbon monoxide poisoningSubmitted: 12/16/2014

LAKE DELTON - Dozens of people got carbon monoxide poisoning at a Wisconsin ice rink last weekend.

An ice resurfacing machine at the ice rink in Lake Delton is the reason for the carbon monoxide.

The machine has been taken out of service.

The leak was found after players and others began feeling ill during a game Saturday.

One player needed to be treated in an oxygen chamber at a Milwaukee hospital.

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