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Hearing set on request to change Wisconsin ballotSubmitted: 09/18/2014

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MADISON - A court hearing has been set for next week in the lawsuit filed by Republican legislative leaders seeking to force a change in the model ballot for the November election.

Meanwhile, the state elections board is telling local clerks to move forward with sending out absentee ballots while the lawsuit is pending.

The complaint was filed Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court by state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. They argue the ballot as drafted is confusing and unfairly benefits Democrats because of how it's designed.

A hearing on the request for a temporary restraining order to stop the Government Accountability Board from prescribing use of its model ballot or stopping counties from using a different one is set for Wednesday.

Story By: Associated Press

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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.

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Wisconsin single mom poverty rate rose 2.5 percentSubmitted: 09/18/2014

WISCONSIN - A recent survey released by the U.S. Census Bureau has found poverty is increasing for single mothers in Wisconsin.

The latest American Community Survey, which focused on family homes with children under the age of 18, found 4 out of 10 single-mother households in the state were living in poverty last year. The bureau says the increase from nearly 40 percent in 2012 to 42.5 percent in 2013 is statistically significant.

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Wisconsin DNR says manure spill contained quickly, didn't effect drinking waterSubmitted: 09/18/2014

BRUSSELS, WI - Wisconsin officials say a 640,000-gallon manure leak at a Door County farm hasn't contaminated drinking water.

The state Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday the spill was contained quickly on Tuesday and crews have been pumping the waste since.

The manure leaked from an above-ground storage container at a dairy farm in Brussels.

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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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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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