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New suit filed over gay marriage banSubmitted: 04/17/2014
MADISON - A same-sex couple wants the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state's gay marriage ban.

The couple filed a lawsuit directly with the high court Wednesday, bypassing the trial and appellate courts.

The lawsuit says the pair lives in Milwaukee County and married in San Diego.

They claim Wisconsin's gay marriage ban denies them federal rights afforded to opposite-sex married couples.

They also argue the state is improperly restricting gay marriage based on religious opposition to same-sex marriages.

A separate lawsuit challenging the ban is pending in federal court in Madison.

The state Justice Department is defending the state in both lawsuits.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Wednesday he will continue to defend Wisconsin's laws.

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Meth bust in town of Pine LakeSubmitted: 04/16/2014

RHINELANDER - Police arrested four people in a meth bust near Rhinelander.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department says the bust went down yesterday in the town of Pine Lake.

Arrested were 38 year old Gerry Frederick, 55 year old Thomas Franz, 40 year old Scott Dumpprope and 46 year old Carrie Steinmetz.

Potential charges include conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.

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Support for baiting and feeding ban before deer seasonSubmitted: 04/16/2014

MADISON - Outdoor enthusiasts think Wisconsin should ban deer baiting and feeding in the days leading up to the November gun season.

The Conservation Congress is a group of sportsmen that advises the DNR on policy.

Annual spring hearings across the state we held Monday.

People who attended answered nearly 60 questions asking for their positions on a number of proposals.

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Walker announces run for second termSubmitted: 04/15/2014

MADISON - Republican Governor Scott Walker wants another four year term.

Walker launched his re-election campaign today.

He's holding a series of rallies across Wisconsin.

He started the day in Dane, a small town north of Madison.

Walker said he deserves a second term because he turned Wisconsin around by cutting taxes, making sure everyone in poverty has access to health insurance and improved the economy leading to the creation of 100,000 new jobs.

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Moratorium on utility disconnections expiresSubmitted: 04/15/2014

MADISON - People behind on their utility bills could start getting shut off today.

That's because the state's winter moratorium on disconnecting utility customers is ending.

The law prohibits utilities from shutting off a customer's heat between November 1st and April 15th.

Nearly 26,000 Wisconsin Public Service customers got at least 4 months behind on payments this winter.

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Shawano County Officers warn of possible police impersonatorSubmitted: 04/14/2014

SHAWANO - Shawano County officers want to warn you of a possible police impersonator.

They got a call about someone impersonating an officer in the Village of Bonduel early Sunday afternoon.

The caller said a person in a car similar to a Pontiac or Honda Civic was stopped in front of the intersection of County Highway BE at State Highway 117.

According to the Shawano County Sheriff's Office, the caller said the impersonator exited his car and walked up to his car.

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Conservation Congress Hearings scheduled around state Monday nightSubmitted: 04/14/2014

MADISON - People who like to hunt and fish get a chance to vote on outdoor issues tonight.

The annual Wisconsin Conservation Congress meetings will be held starting at 7:00 p.m. this evening in every county in the state.

People who drop by can weigh in on issues such as making trolling for fish with a single line legal statewide.

Another proposal shaping up to be controversial would allow hunters to retrieve hound dogs on private property without landowner permission.

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Walker signs bill creating Silver AlertSubmitted: 04/11/2014

MADISON - A new system to send alerts when an at-risk adult has gone missing will be created under a bill Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law.

Walker signed the bill Friday in Green Bay. It creates a Silver Alert program that would operate similar to the Amber Alert system for missing children.

The program will use the state's pre-existing Crime Alert Network to quickly get out information about missing adults, like those with Alzheimer's, who may be in danger.

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