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Most schools meet or beat standards for student achievementSubmitted: 09/16/2014
MADISON - Most Wisconsin public schools meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

A state report card for about 2,100 public schools show 88 percent met or exceeded expectations.

For the state's 424 school districts, only about two percent failed to meet expectations.

It's the second year the state Department of Public Instruction has issued district report cards and the third year for schools.

Both are evaluated in four main areas.

They include how students do in reading and math, and how ready kids will be for college or careers.

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Respiratory virus may now be in WisconsinSubmitted: 09/16/2014

MADISON - Doctors suspect there are at least nine Wisconsin cases of the respiratory and stomach virus that has hospitalized hundreds of children around the country.

Samples of the nine suspected cases in the Madison area were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Test results should be back in about one week.

Dr. Sharyl Paley at Bayshore Pediatrics in the Milwaukee area says her clinic has seen a lot of respiratory illnesses in an outpatient setting.

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Judge halts proceedings in child stabbing caseSubmitted: 09/15/2014

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WAUKESHA - A judge has halted court proceedings for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional character called Slender Man.

The girl's attorney, Maura McMahon, told Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren on Monday that she has questions about the girl's ability to assist in her own defense. Bohren ordered a competency examination to be completed within 30 days.

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Man arrested after 25 dead cows found Submitted: 09/15/2014

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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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Group raises concerns about road fundingSubmitted: 09/15/2014

MADISON - A new group hopes to see more money set aside for building roads.

The coalition includes road builders, economic development leaders and representatives of local governments.

They want to make sure political candidates understand funding problems for transportation in Wisconsin.

The state's budget for road work and mass transit faces a 680-million dollar shortfall over the next two years.

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Wisconsin election officials scramble on voter IDSubmitted: 09/15/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin election officials are scrambling to deal with the reinstatement of the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots.

The law was reinstated last Friday by a federal appeals court in Chicago, just hours after hearing arguments in the case.

Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney said Monday that the biggest immediate issue is what to do about more than 11,800 absentee ballots that have already been mailed, and perhaps returned, without the voter showing the required identification.

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Charity ride benefits food pantriesSubmitted: 09/15/2014

GREEN BAY - A couple biking across Minnesota and Wisconsin arrived at Lambeau Field in time for Sunday's Green Bay Packers' game after leaving the site of the old Metrodome in Minneapolis seven days before.

Rick and Robin Martinek's charity ride of several hundred miles through wind and rain benefited food pantries _ Paul's Pantry in Green Bay and Moms and Neighbors in the Twin Cities.

The couple averaged 40 to 50 miles a day on bike trails through the two states. They had trained for the ride before leaving on Sept. 8.

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Farmers worry good corn crop could mean low pricesSubmitted: 09/14/2014

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EAU CLAIRE - Agricultural officials are projecting an 11 percent increase in the size of Wisconsin's corn harvest this year. That has farmers worried that prices will drop too low for them to make a profit.

State projections call for corn yields of 162 bushels per acre. That's up 16 bushels per acre from last year.

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