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UW-Madison says 400 jobs to be cut under Walker budget

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MADISON - The University of Wisconsin's flagship campus in Madison would have to eliminate about 400 mostly vacant positions, close and merge programs and reduce academic offerings and services if Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget cut passes, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Friday.
Pirates get to starter Jimmy 
Nelson and Brewers fall 6-3

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates were ready for Jimmy Nelson's curveball this time around. Six days after baffling the Bucs for seven shutout innings in an easy win, the Milwaukee Brewers right-hander labored through five innings in a 6-3 loss on Friday night. "There (were) a couple curveballs that just left too much middle," Nelson said. "They're big-league hitters and they did what they're supposed to do with it."

Matt Kenseth wins pole 
at Bristol Motor Speedway

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Matt Kenseth will try for his first win since 2013 when he starts from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth led a strong showing from Joe Gibbs Racing on Friday when he turned a lap at 128.632 mph to grab the top starting spot. But he wasn't sure how his pole-run would help him Sunday. Kenseth is winless in 51 races since New Hampshire in September 2013, but came close last month at California until a late debris caution ruined his day.

Lawmakers put off discussion 
on erasing education board
Obama's Earth Day trek to Fla. 
to highlight climate change

MADISON - The leaders of the Legislature's budget committee decided Friday not to consider approving language in Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget that would eliminate a 71-year-old state board that regulates for-profit colleges and investigates student complaints.

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day this week with a visit to the Florida Everglades. In his weekly radio address out Saturday, Obama says "there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change." He says he'll visit the Everglades on Wednesday to talk about how global warming threatens the U.S. economy.

No. 1 egg-producing state 
aims to keep bird flu out
Scientists: 3 wolves remain 
at Isle Royale National Park

DES MOINES, Iowa - The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park, which scientists have studied closely for more than half a century along with the moose on which they feed, are on the verge of disappearing as the most recent census showed that only three remain, scientists said Friday.


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Tablet for 2 waiting at an Olive Garden near you soon
NEW YORK - Olive Garden has a tablet for two waiting for you. The Italian restaurant chain said Tuesday that it is installing Ziosk computer tablets at all of its U.S. locations so customers can order and pay by touch screen. Olive Garden, owned by Florida's Darden Restaurants Inc., started using Ziosk tablets in some of its restaurants last year. The chain said Tuesday that locations using the devices have experienced faster dining times and increased tip percentages for wait staff.

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For Bulls, time to deliver on expectations as Bucks loom
CHICAGO - With the return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls came into the season with soaring expectations. Now, it's time to deliver. The Bulls open the playoffs at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday eyeing on a deep run after battling injuries during the regular season.

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University of Wisconsin-Washington County Festival of Arts
Artists using a variety of media will display their work at Saturday's University of Wisconsin-Washington County Festival of the Arts. The festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features a juried art sale with 55 artists, musical performances, famer's market, garden seminars, youth art "Make and Take It" sessions, photography display and food. More than 350 pieces of student artwork submitted by 29 area middle and high schools will also be on display.

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Sturgeon spawning under way in Wisconsin
NEW LONDON - A spring ritual is underway in Wisconsin. And, it's an early start to the sturgeon spawning run on the Wolf River.

2 sickened by carbon monoxide at horse fair
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police say a suspect is in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man on the city's far northwest side.

Budget committee ties more tech college aid to performance
MADISON - The Legislature's finance committee has approved a plan that would tie a greater portion of technical colleges' state aid to performance.

Tomah VA medical center to cut overnight urgent care hours
TOMAH - A veterans' medical center in Tomah is eliminating overnight hours for its urgent care clinic amid staffing shortages.

Prosecutor will give notice on whether to charge officer
MADISON - The Dane County District Attorney says he has received all of the state's reports in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed biracial teen and will provide two days' notice before releasing his decision on whether to file charges against the white police officer.

Committee OKs ending insurance program for local governments
MADISON - The Legislature's budget committee has approved provisions in Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget that would phase out a 112-year-old program that provides local governments with property insurance.

Panel OKs deducting lost food stamp card costs from accounts
MADISON - Republicans on the Legislature's finance committee have tacked provisions onto Gov. Scott Walker's budget that would call for state officials to deduct the costs of replacing lost food stamp cards from their holders' accounts.

Milwaukee police: Fatal house fire is arson
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police say someone purposely started a fire where two people were found dead.

Analysts: Wisconsin road fund balance should grow
MADISON - Analysts say Wisconsin's roads fund should end the 2015-2017 budget in better shape than Gov. Scott Walker anticipated.

Wisconsin man sentenced for trafficking pot via 3 McDonald's
MILWAUKEE - A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for running a large-scale marijuana trafficking ring through his three McDonald's restaurants.

Minnesotan charged in fatal stabbing of Wisconsin fisherman
BALSAM LAKE - A Minnesota man has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the fatal stabbing of a Wisconsin fisherman at Interstate State Park.

Wisconsin-based company settles suit filed by Eagles member
BELLEVILLE Wisconsin-based outdoor apparel retailer Duluth Trading Co. has settled a lawsuit from Eagles founding member Don Henley alleging trademark infringement.

Farrow says Legislature may take no action on accountability
MADISON The Senate Education Reform Committee's chairman agrees with his Republican colleague in the state Assembly that the Wisconsin Legislature may do nothing on school accountability this session.

Wisconsin unemployment drops to 4.6 percent
MADISON - Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to 4.6 percent, its lowest point since before the recession.

46 pension fund managers awarded six-figure bonuses
MADISON Forty-six of Wisconsin's pension fund managers and those who work directly with the state's investments will receive six-figure bonuses this year because of strong returns, data released Thursday by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board showed.

Attorney seeks bail modification in Slender Man stabbing
WAUKESHA The attorney for a 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girl accused of stabbing a classmate to please the horror character Slender Man has asked that her bail be reduced and she be allowed to move to a residential treatment center.

Police: Officer-involved shooting inside drug store
MILWAUKEE Police say a plain clothes officer shot and wounded an armed robbery suspect inside a Walgreens drug store in Milwaukee.

Judicial Commission would remain independent under vote
MADISON The Legislature's budget committee has broken with Gov. Scott Walker and decided that a commission that investigates judges and court commissioners should remain independent.

 

 
 
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