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Man found mentally ill in deadly beatingSubmitted: 06/05/2014
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MADISON - A homeless man has been ordered committed to a state mental hospital for up to 46 years for the fatal beating of another homeless man in Madison.

Thirty-three-year-old Justin Brooks pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree reckless homicide. Brooks was accused of beating 61-year-old Robert Kuntz with a table leg as Kuntz slept on the Capitol Square nearly a year ago.

But the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1oy8IA5) reports Brooks was found not guilty by reason of mental illness and was ordered committed.

Under a plea agreement, a first-degree intentional homicide charge against Brooks was reduced to reckless homicide.

One of Brooks' lawyers says Brooks did not know Kuntz, and armed himself with a table leg because he thought Kuntz was armed with a knife and was out to get him.


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Area reservoirs near capacitySubmitted: 09/15/2014

ONEIDA COUNTY - Many area reservoirs can't hold much more water.

Recent heavy rains have raised water levels in many areas of the Northwoods.

This is the dam at the Rainbow Flowage in Oneida County. The flowage is only about five inches below its maximum level.

The Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company controls water levels on many bodies of water in our area.

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What clerks face with reinstatement of voter ID law Submitted: 09/15/2014

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ONEIDA COUNTY - You'll need a photo ID to vote in the November general election.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin's photo ID law on Friday.

Election workers should be able to handle the change at the polls in November.

But nearly 12,000 absentee ballots have already been sent out around the state.

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Rhinelander District Library hires new directorSubmitted: 09/15/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander District Library will welcome a new director at the end of October.

The library's board hired Virginia Woods Roberts to lead the library.

She's currently the director of the Chippewa Falls Library.

The board interviewed three other candidates.

Roberts has a master's degree in both library science and art.

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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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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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Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge ReturnsSubmitted: 09/15/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge returns Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st. It will be held at five different lakes.

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce wants more people to register for the tournament.

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A small bean earns big recognition this harvest seasonSubmitted: 09/15/2014

WISCONSIN - A little bean earned 'big' recognition this harvest season.
Governor Scott Walker proclaimed September as Soybean month.

Soybeans are important to local communities and also to the state's economy.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Wisconsin farmers will harvest a record amount of soybeans this year.
There are about 11,000 soybean farmers across the state.
The soybean is a part of our everyday life in many ways.

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