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Wisconsin retains number 2 spot on ACT test Submitted: 08/20/2014
MADISON - Wisconsin retains its number two spot among states on the ACT college entrance exam.

The state's high school seniors scored an average composite of 22.2 out of a possible 36, ranking Wisconsin behind Minnesota. Seventy-three percent of Wisconsin seniors took the exam this year. The curriculum-based test measures students' readiness for the first year of college.

The ACT also sets minimum scores students should achieve in math, science, reading and English in order for them to be successful during their initial year in college. One in five 2014 graduates in Wisconsin met none of the readiness benchmarks.

The national average composite score is 21. Iowa tied with Ohio and Kansas this year for the number three slot.

Story By: Associated Press

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Man pleads not guilty of killing his wifeSubmitted: 08/20/2014

PORTAGE COUNTY - A Wisconsin Rapids man pled not guilty yesterday to killing his wife decades ago. 55-year-old Joseph Reinwand made the plea in Portage County court.

Pamela Reinwand was 19 when she died in 1984. She was shot in the head.

Police originally thought it was a suicide. but family members and fellow inmates told police they'd heard Reinwand confess to killing her.

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Wisconsin restaurants dealing with rising custard costs Submitted: 08/20/2014

RHINELANDER - Getting a double scoop of custard might cost you double.

Custard prices are up in Wisconsin and across the nation.

Key ingredients in custard are milk, eggs and butterfat. Butterfat is driving the cost of custard up.

A National Milk Producers report shows supply and demand is tight for butter.

Inventories have dropped more than 40% over the past year.

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Date set for hearing on voter IDSubmitted: 08/20/2014

MADISON - A federal appeals court will hear arguments in the fight over Wisconsin's voter identification law next month.

Republicans passed a law in 2011 requiring voters to show photo ID.

A federal judge blocked the law earlier this year.

That was after the American Civil Liberties Union claimed the law was unconstitutional.

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Brand new Spudmobile hits the road in Wisconsin Submitted: 08/19/2014

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STEVENS POINT - The Spudmobile is Wisconsin's newest addition in potato education.

The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association unveiled the Spudmobile at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Stevens Point last week.

"It was a big project, 4 years of planning and development. It cost a lot of money and we don't want it to sit parked. We want to get it out there and get people touring through it and seeing it on the road," said Tamas Houlihan.

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Ranger III used for ballast water cleansing testSubmitted: 08/19/2014

HOUGHTON, MI - Technicians have used a vessel that hauls passengers to Isle Royale National Park for testing a refined treatment method to rid ships' ballast water of invasive species.

Isle Royale Superintendent Phyllis Green says a marine engineering firm used the M/V Ranger III last weekend to try out prototype equipment for mixing chemicals that can kill organisms in ballast tanks. The equipment shortens the time needed to treat a ship.

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Motions may delay release of documents related to investigationSubmitted: 08/19/2014

MADISON - It's unclear whether a federal appeals court will release nearly three dozen documents linked to a secret investigation into Governor Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign.

Prosecutors have been looking into whether Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups.

The prosecutors are using a so-called John Doe procedure in which information is tightly controlled.

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Research in Madison may help fight Ebola virusSubmitted: 08/19/2014

MADISON - Research by a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist will hopefully help in the fight against the Ebola virus.

The strain of the Ebola virus being used is one that cannot make people sick.

The university's bio-safety manager says potential drug therapies for the virus are being tested.

The research is being done in labs that are classified with bio-safety levels of two and three, which require some precautions.

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