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Absentee ballot recipients will need to show IDSubmitted: 09/16/2014

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MADISON - Thousands of Wisconsin voters who requested absentee ballots will have to present copies of their photo identification to have those ballots counted.

A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated the photo ID requirement, after more than 11,800 voters requested absentee ballots.

They did not have to present copies of their photo IDs to get those ballots, and state elections chief Kevin Kennedy said Tuesday that hundreds of completed ballots have already been returned to election clerks.

Kennedy says clerks will be contacting all those voters to tell them they need to show proof of photo ID to have their ballots counted.

Meanwhile, groups that challenged the law are asking the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case after a three-judge panel reinstated the law.

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Man arrested after dead cows found in WisconsinSubmitted: 09/16/2014

BARRON - Authorities say a 47-year-old western Wisconsin man was arrested after officials discovered 25 dead cows on his farm.

The Barron County sheriff's office says the man was taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of mistreating animals and failing to provide food and drink to animals.

The Leader-Telegram reports the man was booked into jail, released and is due in court next month.

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Respiratory virus may now be in WisconsinSubmitted: 09/16/2014

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MADISON - Doctors suspect there are at least nine Wisconsin cases of the respiratory and stomach virus that has hospitalized hundreds of children around the country.

Samples of the nine suspected cases in the Madison area were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Test results should be back in about one week.

Dr. Sharyl Paley at Bayshore Pediatrics in the Milwaukee area says her clinic has seen a lot of respiratory illnesses in an outpatient setting.

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Most schools meet or beat standards for student achievementSubmitted: 09/16/2014

MADISON - Most Wisconsin public schools meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

A state report card for about 2,100 public schools show 88 percent met or exceeded expectations.

For the state's 424 school districts, only about two percent failed to meet expectations.

It's the second year the state Department of Public Instruction has issued district report cards and the third year for schools.

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Wisconsin DNR launches fall photo contestSubmitted: 09/16/2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching a fall photo contest.

The agency is looking for fall photos taken on state properties such as parks, forests, trails and recreation areas for its ``Fall in Love with Wisconsin State Parks'' contest. People can enter one photo per day on the DNR's Facebook page.

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Judge halts proceedings in child stabbing caseSubmitted: 09/15/2014

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WAUKESHA - A judge has halted court proceedings for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional character called Slender Man.

The girl's attorney, Maura McMahon, told Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren on Monday that she has questions about the girl's ability to assist in her own defense. Bohren ordered a competency examination to be completed within 30 days.

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Man arrested after 25 dead cows found Submitted: 09/15/2014

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BARRON - Authorities say a 47-year-old western Wisconsin man was arrested after officials discovered 25 dead cows on his farm.

The Barron County sheriff's office says the man was taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of mistreating animals and failing to provide food and drink to animals.

The Leader-Telegram reports the man was booked into jail, released and is due in court next month.

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Group raises concerns about road fundingSubmitted: 09/15/2014

MADISON - A new group hopes to see more money set aside for building roads.

The coalition includes road builders, economic development leaders and representatives of local governments.

They want to make sure political candidates understand funding problems for transportation in Wisconsin.

The state's budget for road work and mass transit faces a 680-million dollar shortfall over the next two years.

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