3 boats destroyed in marine fireSubmitted: 08/26/2014
STURGEON BAY - Three boats have been destroyed by fire at a marina in Door County.

Crews worked overnight to clean up the damage left by the fire at Skipper Bud's Quarterdeck Marina in Sturgeon Bay.

Firefighters say three fiberglass boats docked close together burned Monday night.

The cause is under investigation.

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Federal appeals court hears arguments over Wisconsin gay marriage banSubmitted: 08/26/2014

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CHICAGO - Gay couples in Wisconsin could find out soon if they can legally marry in the state.

Federal appeals judges heard arguments on Wisconsin's gay marriage ban in Chicago Tuesday.

A federal judge struck down the ban in June, but the state is appealing to a higher court. The case has been combined with a similar case coming from Indiana, which also has a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Camilla Taylor was representing one of the gay couples in the suit. She said the judges were focused on how the ban impacts the children of gay couples.

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Elections board: Primary turnout was 12.7 percentSubmitted: 08/26/2014

MADISON - Turnout for Wisconsin's primary elections two weeks ago was even lower than state election officials predicated.

The state Government Accountability Board had predicted turnout would be 15 percent of eligible voters. The agency released figures Tuesday showing the official turnout for the Aug. 12 elections was 12.7 percent.

The GAB said 552,342 people cast votes out of a voting-age population of 4,348,307.

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Wisconsin DNR plans waterfowl chatSubmitted: 08/26/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin wildlife officials are planning an online chat for waterfowl hunters.

The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled the chat for noon on Aug. 27. Participants can log on through the DNR's website by searching for the keyword ``chat.''

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Plymouth wants to be 'World's Cheese Capital'Submitted: 08/25/2014

PLYMOUTH - The city of Plymouth wants to use the phrase ``World's Cheese Capital'' in marketing and tourism materials.

But officials say someone else already has the trademark on a similar phrase.

Plymouth is home to Sargento, Sartori, Masters Gallery and a Great Lakes Cheese ``cut and wrap'' facility. The Sheboygan Press Media reports (http://shebpr.es/1nr94qT ) that in the 1940s and 1950s, the city used the slogan on billboards.

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Ashley Furniture official: No plans for layoffsSubmitted: 08/25/2014

ARCADIA - An Ashley Furniture official tells the state's business lobby the Wisconsin-based company has no plans for any layoffs and instead plans to add jobs.

That's despite a published report saying Ashley Furniture sought $6 million in state tax credits on condition the company be allowed to retain only half of its workforce in Wisconsin.

Company lawyer Bill Koslo said in a statement that the job guarantee number ``just sets the base line of the risk Ashley was willing to accept as a good Samaritan to the City of Arcadia.''

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state's business lobby, shared the statement with the Wisconsin State Journal. The newspaper reported Sunday that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board in January approved the tax credits in a 9-2 vote.

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US attorney backs gay couples in marriage caseSubmitted: 08/25/2014

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MILWAUKEE - U.S. Attorney James Santelle says the federal government is behind gay couples who are suing to have the right to marry.

The federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Wisconsin spoke Monday at a rally in Milwaukee before gay couples and their supporters boarded a bus to Chicago, where arguments will be held Tuesday in Wisconsin's gay marriage case.

A federal judge overturned Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage in June. The state appealed that decision to the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago.

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Gay marriage arguments will include worries about decisions during medical emergenciesSubmitted: 08/25/2014

MADISON - The rights of same-sex couples during medical emergencies will be part of court arguments over the ban on gay marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the combined case Tuesday.

Couples involved in the lawsuits say powers of attorney and domestic partner registries don't guarantee they'll be allowed to make critical medical decisions for each other.

They say only a marriage certificate provides that guarantee.

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