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Wisconsin one of 4 states to cut food stampsSubmitted: 09/17/2014
MADISON - Wisconsin is one of only four states nationwide that is enacting cuts to the food stamp program.

An Associated Press review finds that as of now, the cuts will only affect Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

The decision in Wisconsin to enact the cuts comes as Republican Gov. Scott Walker is seeking re-election and considering a 2016 run for president.

It's unclear how many people will be affected. Officials in Wisconsin, New Jersey and New Hampshire say they don't track that number.

The food stamp cuts were passed as part of a massive farm bill. The intent of the legislation was to save money by clamping down on states that were using certain provisions of a federal heating assistance program to increase food stamp benefits.

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Walker, Burke tied in latest pollSubmitted: 09/17/2014

MADISON - The race for Wisconsin governor couldn't be any closer with just seven weeks to go.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke tied among registered voters.

Walker and Burke both had 46 percent support. The poll's margin of error was 3.5 percentage points among registered voters.

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Apple crop a complete loss for someSubmitted: 09/17/2014

DOOR COUNTY - Some Door County apple growers will not be able to bring in a crop this year.

Two months ago hail destroyed some of the crops.

Apples are rotting on the branches at Fellner Orchards just north of Sturgeon Bay. Grower Bob Fellner says he lost 60 acres of apples that he can't even sell for juice. He says it's a complete loss.

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Court asked to reconsider voter identificaiton law Submitted: 09/17/2014

MADISON - Civil rights advocates take another attempt to block Wisconsin's voter ID law.

They've filed a petition asking 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to re-hear their challenge.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Advancement Project said Tuesday they want a hearing involving all ten appeals judges.

A three-judge panel from the 7th Circuit ruled Friday that the state could implement the law while it considers the merits of the case.

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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.

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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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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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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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