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Man sentenced to 32 years in prison for girlfriend's killingSubmitted: 06/16/2014
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KENOSHA - A Kenosha man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his girlfriend, whose body was found in a car trunk in Chicago.

Forty-one-year-old Matthew McDowell was sentenced Monday in the death of 30-year-old Erin Ziemendorf of West Allis.

McDowell was arrested last year after Ziemendorf's body was found in a car near a Greyhound bus station in downtown Chicago.

McDowell pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse.

According to the complaint, McDowell told police he put his hands around Ziemendorf's neck during an argument and heard a cracking sound. When McDowell realized she was dead, he put her body in a duffel bag, placed it in the trunk of her car and drove to Chicago.



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Want a fresh supply of herbs all winter long?Submitted: 09/16/2014

RHINELANDER - Colder nights, means the outdoor growing season is winding down. Now is the perfect time to preserve some of your plants by moving them indoors.

Many fresh herbs can continue growing inside your house during the winter months.
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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.

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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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Woman sentenced for involvement in Forest County beatingSubmitted: 09/15/2014

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FOREST COUNTY - Prosecutors believe four people attacked a man and left him to die in Forest County woods in March. One of those people learned her sentence Monday.

April Jones reached a plea deal with prosecutors. She pled guilty to a misdemeanor for battery. The judge sentenced her to one year in jail. She will get credit for the more than five months she's already served.

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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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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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Local educators tell us what they think about Common Core standards Submitted: 09/15/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Some people don't like that their local school district has to follow national Common Core standards.

Wisconsin adopted the standards in 2010.

They're standards of what students should know in English and math at each grade level.

But now some want Common Core replaced with statewide standards.

The principal of Northland Pines High School in Eagle River wants politicians to listen to what educators are saying about Common Core.

He doesn't think it's a good idea to replace Common Core standards with statewide standards.

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