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Unemployment down in most cities, but up in countiesSubmitted: 12/24/2014
MADISON - Unemployment rates decreased in most major Wisconsin cities last month, but increased in most counties.

Numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development were released Tuesday.

Unemployment rates for November went down or remained the same in 23 of the state's 32 largest cities.

Unemployment rates were up in 57 of the state's 72 counties.

The rates ranged from 2.7 percent in Pierce County to 10.3 percent in Menominee County.

Forest, Oneida, Vilas and Iron counties all were among the ten counties with the highest unemployment rates.

The state unemployment rate in November was 5.2 percent, the lowest it's been since the Great Recession.

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Protesters return from arena to Milwaukee parkSubmitted: 12/23/2014

MILWAUKEE - Scores of protesters have now returned to a downtown Milwaukee park where a white police officer killed a black man.

The protesters gathered at the park Tuesday evening to demand justice for 31-year-old Dontre Hamiton, who was shot by officer Christopher Manney in April. The protest followed Monday's announcement by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm that Manney would face no criminal charges.

The demonstrators marched from the park to the Bradley Center, where they surrounded the main entrance. Three busloads of police officers then arrived and formed a path through the protesters with their bodies to allow Bucks fans to enter the arena.

The protesters eventually marched back to the park.

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Some question endangered status for wolfSubmitted: 12/23/2014

MINNEAPOLIS - Some wolf experts think the animals don't need special protection anymore.

A federal judge in Washington put the wolf back on the endangered species list on Friday.

The judge's decision affects Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

The wolves' return to the endangered list stops wolf hunting and trapping.

David Mech of the U.S. Geological Survey disputes that wolf hunting in the three states threatened the species' survival in the region.

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UPDATE:DOJ to review Milwaukee police shootingSubmitted: 12/22/2014

MILWAUKEE - Federal officials say they'll review the shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Milwaukee for a possible civil rights violation.

Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old man whose family said he was mentally ill, was shot to death last April in a downtown park after he struggled with Officer Christopher Manney. The Milwaukee County prosecutor announced Monday that Manney's use of force was justified self-defense, and he wouldn't be charged in the case.

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No charges in Milwaukee Police shootingSubmitted: 12/22/2014

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County district attorney says he's confident the public will see he made a fair decision in not charging a white Milwaukee police officer in the shooting death of a black man.

John Chisholm said the officer, Christopher Manney, was justified in using deadly force when his encounter with Dontre Hamilton turned into a fight last April. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times after Hamilton got control of the officer's baton.

Chisholm said the release of the full investigative file will help people understand what went into the decision.

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2014 brings legal gay marriage to WisconsinSubmitted: 12/20/2014

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin's top story in 2014 was a historic one, as the state joined the ranks of those that allow gay marriage. But plenty of other headlines are worth remembering from the year that was, including Gov. Scott Walker demonstrating his resilience by winning his third election in four years, the theft of a 300-year-old violin and the disturbing case of the Slender Man stabbing.

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A federal judge in Madison uncorked same-sex marriage in June when she struck down the state's ban. Gay couples across the state rushed to wed over several days before opponents stopped it temporarily. Four months later, the U.S. Supreme Court re-started it when it rejected appeals from gay marriage opponents in five states including Wisconsin, and hundreds of couples rushed to courthouse to exercise their right to marry.

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Off-duty bouncer severely beaten in MadisonSubmitted: 12/20/2014

MADISON - An off-duty bouncer at a Madison bar has severe injuries after he was beaten by two customers.

Police say the 21-year-old bouncer at The City Bar was entering the men's restroom early Saturday when he saw two men with a white powdery substance. Police say one of the men ingested the substance.

The bouncer told the men he was going to notify a manager, and he was attacked. The men left with three other males.

Police say the bouncer was taken to a hospital where he was treated for a broken nose, a fractured orbital socket and a facial laceration that required stitches.

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Humane Society blames lead bullets for bald eagle deathSubmitted: 12/20/2014

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MILWAUKEE - One bald eagle has died and another is in serious condition in Wisconsin after ingesting lead from ammunition.

The Dane County Humane Society has treated two bald eagles with lead poisoning in the past two weeks. The birds likely swallowed lead while feeding on deer or other wildlife carcasses that had been shot, or by eating waterfowl that had ingested lead.

The first bald eagle survived only a day after it was brought into a Humane Society facility last week with acute lead poisoning. The Humane Society hopes a second bird found Friday will survive.

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