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Man dies in Oshkosh apartment fireSubmitted: 12/27/2014
OSHKOSH - Police in Oshkosh say a 64-year-old man is dead after his duplex caught fire.

Sgt. Eric Stenson said in a statement that firefighters got a call of a man on fire in an apartment about 1:15 a.m. Friday. Police and firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the upstairs section of the duplex and a 57-year-old woman named Kandi West leaning out a second-floor window.

Firefighters rescued West while police evacuated the lower-level tenants. Firefighters found 64-year-old Stephen (Dallas) A. West in the second-floor apartment with severe burns. He was transported to a nearby hospital and then flown to a Madison burn unit where he died of smoke and heat inhalation.

Investigators concluded West accidentally started the fire by smoking with oxygen present.

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Sunday target to release 14 young whooping cranes into marshSubmitted: 12/27/2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Biologists with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hope to release 14 young endangered whooping cranes into a southwest Louisiana swamp on Sunday.

Possible reasons for delaying it could be too much wind for a first flight, too much fog to see or so much rain that it would drench the baggy costumes worn to keep the cranes from getting used to people.

A fourth possible reason: too many aggressive adult cranes in the neighborhood.

Biologist Sara Zimorski says that for the second year in a row, adults released in earlier years have been dropping by while the patchy cinnamon-and-white youngsters were penned. She says the adults generally show up for a day or two, then leave.

The young cranes arrived Dec. 4 from Maryland and Wisconsin.

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DNR looking to lease private land for turkey huntSubmitted: 12/27/2014

MADISON - The state Department of Natural Resources is looking to lease private land in southeastern Wisconsin to give turkey hunters more room to roam this spring.

Under the DNR's pilot Turkey Hunting Access program, leases are good until May 29, 2016. The rates are $5 per acre per year with an upfront lump sum payment from the state. Spring turkey hunters can use the leased land as if it were public from March 1 through May 29.

The program is in place across turkey management zone two, which encompasses much of the southeastern side of the state. The enrollment deadline for a two-year lease is Jan. 30. Leases after that date will last one year.

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Court rules landlord not liable in dog attackSubmitted: 12/26/2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a landlord can't be held liable as the owner of his tenants' dogs for multiple injuries they inflicted on a woman.

According to court documents, George Kontos allowed his daughter and her family to live on his Winnebago County property with their dogs. In June 2010 the dogs attacked Julie Augsburger.

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Racine man held in fatal hit-and-run, bail jumpingSubmitted: 12/26/2014

RACINE - A 31-year-old Racine man has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian dead.

Charges filed Friday against Bradley Hayek allege he was at the wheel of a car that struck a man Thursday night in Racine and fled the scene. The victim, 45-year-old Robert Castaneda, died at a nearby emergency room.

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Program helps those just diagnosed with breast cancerSubmitted: 12/26/2014

MADISON - People just diagnosed with breast cancer can need someone to talk to.

A University of Wisconsin program gets them support and comfort from others who have been in their shoes.

The Patient Survivor Advocate Program connects those at the front end of treatment with those who have been through it.

A special bond develops between those in the grant-funded program.

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Unemployment down in most cities, but up in countiesSubmitted: 12/24/2014

MADISON - Unemployment rates decreased in most major Wisconsin cities last month, but increased in most counties.

Numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development were released Tuesday.

Unemployment rates for November went down or remained the same in 23 of the state's 32 largest cities.

Unemployment rates were up in 57 of the state's 72 counties.

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Protesters return from arena to Milwaukee parkSubmitted: 12/23/2014

MILWAUKEE - Scores of protesters have now returned to a downtown Milwaukee park where a white police officer killed a black man.

The protesters gathered at the park Tuesday evening to demand justice for 31-year-old Dontre Hamiton, who was shot by officer Christopher Manney in April. The protest followed Monday's announcement by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm that Manney would face no criminal charges.

The demonstrators marched from the park to the Bradley Center, where they surrounded the main entrance. Three busloads of police officers then arrived and formed a path through the protesters with their bodies to allow Bucks fans to enter the arena.

The protesters eventually marched back to the park.

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