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Wisconsin grape harvest starting slowlySubmitted: 09/14/2014

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MADISON - Wisconsin vineyards are beginning to gather their grapes, and growers say they've seen better harvests.

Most say the picking is behind schedule by 10 days to two weeks. They also expect to get less fruit than last year because the hard winter, a cool summer and lots of rain hurt growing conditions.

But the news isn't all bad. Growers say the quality is good.

Dave Mitchell, who has been growing grapes between Oregon and Stoughton for more than 30 years, says the crop size is about average and he thought it would be worse.

Wisconsin has more than 130 commercial vineyards and more than 80 wineries.


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Walker promises more tax cuts in second termSubmitted: 09/14/2014

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker's promises for a second term include cutting property and income taxes for individuals and requiring drug tests for those seeking unemployment and food stamp benefits.

He also wants to freeze tuition at both technical colleges and the University of Wisconsin System.

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Farmers worry good corn crop could mean low pricesSubmitted: 09/14/2014

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EAU CLAIRE - Agricultural officials are projecting an 11 percent increase in the size of Wisconsin's corn harvest this year. That has farmers worried that prices will drop too low for them to make a profit.

State projections call for corn yields of 162 bushels per acre. That's up 16 bushels per acre from last year.

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Explosion levels home; owner unhurt in drivewaySubmitted: 09/13/2014

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GENOA - An early-morning explosion has leveled a Genoa-area home, spraying debris onto a highway and damaging a former fish market.

The owner is a fisherman who was in the driveway when the house blew up Friday morning.

Roger Beck says he thought his vehicle battery had blown up. Then he looked up and saw it was his kitchen.

The 76-year-old says he tried to douse the flames with the bucket, and as he was walking away the rest of the two-story home exploded. Firefighters arrived to find the house flattened and on fire.

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No wolf hunt in Upper Michigan this yearSubmitted: 09/12/2014

LANSING, MICHIGAN - There will be no wolf hunt in Michigan's Upper Peninsula this year.

Michigan's Natural Resources Commission confirmed there won't be a gray wolf hunt.

The commission lacks the authority to set another hunt.

The panel is awaiting results of two ballot initiatives.

The ballot measures sought to repeal legislation making the wolf a game species.

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Walker approves new voter ID processSubmitted: 09/12/2014

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has approved new rules establishing a free process for verifying birth information for people looking for state identification cards to vote but lack birth certificates.

Walker approved the rules Friday, the same day state attorneys tried to convince the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reinstate a state law requiring voters show photo identification at the polls.

The state Supreme Court upheld the law in July in a separate case but cautioned that the state can't require someone seeking an ID to vote to pay fees for supporting documents.

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Wisconsin DNR urges hunters to report observationsSubmitted: 09/12/2014

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MADISON - The state Department of Natural Resources is urging bow hunters to report their wildlife observations online.

The archery and crossbow deer seasons open on Saturday. The DNR is asking hunters to record all of their hunting activity and wildlife observations in a survey available on the agency's website.

DNR officials say the information provides insights into the abundance of many wildlife species and the level hunting activity.

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Emerald ash borer confirmed in Calumet CountySubmitted: 09/12/2014

EAST CENTRAL WISCONSIN - Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in eastern Wisconsin's Calumet County.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the discovery Thursday.

As a result, Calumet County will now be quarantined along with Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Outagamie counties. Emerald ash borer has not been found in those counties, but they are close to counties where the tree-destroying pest has been confirmed.

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