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Judge halts proceedings in child stabbing caseSubmitted: 09/15/2014
WAUKESHA - A judge has halted court proceedings for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional character called Slender Man.

The girl's attorney, Maura McMahon, told Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren on Monday that she has questions about the girl's ability to assist in her own defense. Bohren ordered a competency examination to be completed within 30 days.

The girl was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing this week. McMahon asked the judge to allow that hearing to continue, saying the longer the case drags on the more harm her client will suffer.

Bohren refused and ordered all proceedings to halt until the girl's competency has been settled. The other girl has already been ordered to receive treatment.

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Wisconsin election officials scramble on voter IDSubmitted: 09/15/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin election officials are scrambling to deal with the reinstatement of the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots.

The law was reinstated last Friday by a federal appeals court in Chicago, just hours after hearing arguments in the case.

Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney said Monday that the biggest immediate issue is what to do about more than 11,800 absentee ballots that have already been mailed, and perhaps returned, without the voter showing the required identification.

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Group raises concerns about road fundingSubmitted: 09/15/2014

MADISON - A new group hopes to see more money set aside for building roads.

The coalition includes road builders, economic development leaders and representatives of local governments.

They want to make sure political candidates understand funding problems for transportation in Wisconsin.

The state's budget for road work and mass transit faces a 680-million dollar shortfall over the next two years.

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Charity ride benefits food pantriesSubmitted: 09/15/2014

GREEN BAY - A couple biking across Minnesota and Wisconsin arrived at Lambeau Field in time for Sunday's Green Bay Packers' game after leaving the site of the old Metrodome in Minneapolis seven days before.

Rick and Robin Martinek's charity ride of several hundred miles through wind and rain benefited food pantries _ Paul's Pantry in Green Bay and Moms and Neighbors in the Twin Cities.

The couple averaged 40 to 50 miles a day on bike trails through the two states. They had trained for the ride before leaving on Sept. 8.

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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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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.

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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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