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Latest Wisconsin job numbers come outSubmitted: 09/18/2014
MADISON - Wisconsin's private sector job growth is 33rd nationwide and behind the national average.

New data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows private-sector job growth in Wisconsin grew nearly 1.3 percent for the 12-month period ending in March.

The national average was just over 2 percent.

That ranked Wisconsin 33rd compared with all 50 states.

That ranked Wisconsin 33rd compared with all 50 states.

The only Midwest states lower were Illinois and Minnesota.

The numbers show that Wisconsin added 28,712 private-sector jobs over that period.

Separately, the state reported that in August unemployment dropped from 5.8 percent to 5.6 percent.

The numbers come less than seven weeks before the November 4th election.

Governor Scott Walker's record on jobs creation has been a major issue in the race in which he's challenged by Democrat Mary Burke.

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Wisconsin drivers often uninhibited by citationsSubmitted: 09/17/2014

APPLETON - Many Wisconsin drivers who lose their driving privileges have continued to operate their vehicles and commit additional violations.

According to Wisconsin Department of Transportation data, there have been more than 57,000 convictions for operating while suspended, without a valid license or after revocation this year. That number follows last year's trend, when nearly 114,000 licensing-related convictions were reported.

During the first six months of 2014, more of the state's residents were convicted of driving with suspended licenses than speeding 11-19 mph over the limit.

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Wisconsin one of 4 states to cut food stampsSubmitted: 09/17/2014

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MADISON - Wisconsin is one of only four states nationwide that is enacting cuts to the food stamp program.

An Associated Press review finds that as of now, the cuts will only affect Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

The decision in Wisconsin to enact the cuts comes as Republican Gov. Scott Walker is seeking re-election and considering a 2016 run for president.

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Search continues for missing boater in Kenosha Co.Submitted: 09/17/2014

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KENOSHA - Authorities have been searching a Kenosha County lake for a missing fisherman from Illinois.

The search on Silver Lake began Tuesday night after family members reported 66-year-old John Spoor of McHenry, Illinois, had not returned from his fishing trip. Sheriff's officials located the man's boat, but there was no sign of him.

Kenosha County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Beth says the department had five boats on the water Wednesday. The search was halted Wednesday evening because of darkness, and the Kenosha News reports search teams are expected to return to the scene Thursday morning.

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Walker, Burke tied in latest pollSubmitted: 09/17/2014

MADISON - The race for Wisconsin governor couldn't be any closer with just seven weeks to go.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke tied among registered voters.

Walker and Burke both had 46 percent support. The poll's margin of error was 3.5 percentage points among registered voters.

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Court asked to reconsider voter identificaiton law Submitted: 09/17/2014

MADISON - Civil rights advocates take another attempt to block Wisconsin's voter ID law.

They've filed a petition asking 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to re-hear their challenge.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Advancement Project said Tuesday they want a hearing involving all ten appeals judges.

A three-judge panel from the 7th Circuit ruled Friday that the state could implement the law while it considers the merits of the case.

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Apple crop a complete loss for someSubmitted: 09/17/2014

DOOR COUNTY - Some Door County apple growers will not be able to bring in a crop this year.

Two months ago hail destroyed some of the crops.

Apples are rotting on the branches at Fellner Orchards just north of Sturgeon Bay. Grower Bob Fellner says he lost 60 acres of apples that he can't even sell for juice. He says it's a complete loss.

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Man arrested after dead cows found in WisconsinSubmitted: 09/16/2014

BARRON - Authorities say a 47-year-old western Wisconsin man was arrested after officials discovered 25 dead cows on his farm.

The Barron County sheriff's office says the man was taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of mistreating animals and failing to provide food and drink to animals.

The Leader-Telegram reports the man was booked into jail, released and is due in court next month.

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