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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.

But federal regulations could hurt the timber industry.

Loggers might not be able to cut trees where the bats live during a 30 to 45 day period in the summer.

Industry professionals think they could lose tens of billions of dollars annually if that happens.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled to announce a final decision on protection efforts in April.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)

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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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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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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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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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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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Wisconsin man bikes to raise pipeline awarenessSubmitted: 10/20/2014

SUPERIOR - An 80-year-old Wisconsin man is riding his bicycle across 16 counties in the state to raise awareness about a proposed Enbridge Energy oil pipeline and call for greater transparency around the project.

WDIO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/ZBXeVl ) Bruce Noble is biking through counties where the Canada-based company's crude oil Pipeline 61 could be built. It's expected to start in Superior and end in Illinois.

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Madison police arrest 1 for urinating on squad carSubmitted: 10/19/2014

MADISON - A Wisconsin man has been arrested for allegedly urinating on a marked Madison Police Department squad car.

A police statement says officers observed the 21-year-old Dodgeville man relieving himself on the squad car late Saturday night near a bar on State Street in downtown Madison. It says several people warned the man that police were approaching, but he didn't stop.

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