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Thousands of Walker-related emails releasedSubmitted: 10/21/2014
MADISON - Thousands of emails prosecutors collected during the first secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's former aides and associates when he was county executive have been released.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office on Tuesday made public the nearly 16,000 emails and attachments that prosecutors seized from county and personal computers.

The investigation ended in 2013 with six of Walker's aides and associates convicted on charges ranging from theft to misconduct in office.

Walker wasn't charged, although prosecutors launched a second secret investigation in 2012 focusing on whether his campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups.

Walker questioned the timing of the release, which comes two weeks before he faces Democrat Mary Burke. A judge in May ordered the documents released and county attorneys have been reviewing them ever since.

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Help for bat could hurt timber industrySubmitted: 10/21/2014

GREEN BAY - The northern long-eared bat needs help.

Efforts are being made to find ways to help the bat, while not hurting the timber industry. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed protections for the bats, including adding it to the endangered species list.

Bats have been dying by the millions since the deadly white-nose syndrome was found in 2006.

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Home sales hold steady in WisconsinSubmitted: 10/21/2014

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin's housing prices climbed slightly in September as the level of home sales remained about the same compared to a year ago.

The latest figures from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show housing prices rose about 3 percent. The median price of a home rose from about $144,000 to nearly $149,000.

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Man dies in tractor rolloverSubmitted: 10/20/2014

TOWN OF WILTON - A 66-year-old Kendall man is dead after a tractor accident in Monroe County.

Sheriff Peter Quirin says the accident happened Sunday evening on a farm in the Town of Wilton.

The driver of the tractor was compacting silage when the tractor rolled over, killing him.

The sheriff's office identifies the victim as Gale Burkhalter.

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Police: Indiana suspect in 7 slayings hints at more killingsSubmitted: 10/20/2014

HAMMOND, IN - Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend in Indiana say the suspect has told them that he may have killed people going back 20 years.

Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said during a news conference Monday that the suspect, identified as Darren Vann, is being cooperative with investigators. Vann was convicted of sexual assault in Texas in 2009 and now lives in Gary.

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Another wolf hunting zone will closeSubmitted: 10/20/2014

MADISON - You can still hunt for wolves in Wisconsin, but in fewer places.

Zone 5 will be shut down as of 6:30 Monday evening. That's in the west-central part of the state.

Two other wolf hunting zones in Northern Wisconsin closed for the season Sunday.

The Department of Natural Resources closed Zones 1 and 4.

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9 arrested in child sex trafficking stingSubmitted: 10/20/2014

EAU CLAIRE - Authorities say nine people have been arrested in a child sex trafficking sting in the Eau Claire area.

Police released more details about the sting at a Monday morning press conference. The La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1t4JNc8 ) reports nine men, ranging in age from 20 to 60, were arrested on preliminary charges of use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, attempted child enticement and attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child.

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More than 4 million cars recalled due to airbag problemsSubmitted: 10/20/2014

- More than 4 million cars need to get their airbags repaired. The government announced the recall today.

Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the airbags. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, GM and Ford are just some of the manufacturers with recalled airbags.

Takata makes the airbags. They can have metal fragments fly out when the airbags inflate.

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