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Lawmaker Wants Intimidating Public Officials to be More Serious CrimeSubmitted: 04/28/2013
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MADISON - A Wisconsin lawmaker wants tougher laws to keep people from intimidating or harming members of the Legislature and their families.

Under the legislation introduced, acts such as striking, shoving, or kicking a lawmaker or a family member would face harsher penalties.

Harming a public official is already illegal in Wisconsin. The proposal would cover a broader span of acts considered threats.

Lawmakers who have been victimized support the proposal.

Some civil rights groups say it's redundant and could eventually infringe on freedom of speech.



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Wisconsin grape harvest starting slowlySubmitted: 09/14/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin vineyards are beginning to gather their grapes, and growers say they've seen better harvests.

Most say the picking is behind schedule by 10 days to two weeks. They also expect to get less fruit than last year because the hard winter, a cool summer and lots of rain hurt growing conditions.

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

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The owner is a fisherman who was in the driveway when the house blew up Friday morning.

Roger Beck says he thought his vehicle battery had blown up. Then he looked up and saw it was his kitchen.

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A person who saw the two motorcycle accident says the motorcyclists were headed east on highway 8 near County Road A. The accident happened around 4:30 p.m.

The witness says one of the motorcyclists planned on turning into Oaks Pub, but they stopped too soon. That's when the motorcyclists following behind them tried to avoid hitting them, but the bike fell on the passenger.

"I ran right over there, gave them a blanket to put on her so she wasn't shocked. The bike was still laying on her when I got over there," said Good Samaritan Marla Haman. "They pulled the bike off of her. Her ankle was visibly broken."

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Hundreds walk to prevent more suicides, get rid of stigmas associated with mental illnessSubmitted: 09/13/2014

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WAUSAU - A suicide prevention group in Marathon County wants to get rid of the stigma that's often associated with mental illness. The group thinks that could bring down the number of suicides that happen in north central Wisconsin.

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