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Officials: Son killed parents in Sawyer County, and himself Submitted: 06/01/2015

TOWN OF EDGEWATER - Sheriff's officials say the adult son of a couple in Sawyer County killed his parents and took his own life outside their rural home.

Chief Deputy Brigette Kornbroke says 41-year-old Eric Werachowski shot his father in the abdomen Saturday at the Town of Edgewater home he shared with his parents, then set fire to the house.

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Walker: 'I'm going to keep my campaign promises' Submitted: 06/01/2015

DELAVAN - Gov. Scott Walker says he intends to keep his campaign promise not to raise the gas tax or vehicle registration fees to pay for transportation projects in Wisconsin.

Walker said Monday that despite his position, he still believes a deal can be reached with the Legislature's budget-writing committee this week on how to pay for highways and other roads projects.

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Experts hope nesting season successful for whooping cranes Submitted: 06/01/2015

NECEDAH - Wildlife experts say it could be a record year for efforts to reintroduce a critically endangered bird in Wisconsin.

An aerial survey has counted 37 whooping crane nests, with 13 chicks hatched so far this year.  Nine of the young birds were still living as of late last week, and another eight pairs still were brooding eggs.

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Voting advocates file lawsuit challenging restrictions Submitted: 06/01/2015

MADISON - A liberal group and a voting rights organization have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a host of changes Republicans have made in Wisconsin election law.

One Wisconsin Institute, Inc., Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund and a half-dozen voters filed the lawsuit in Madison on Friday against the Government Accountability Board, which oversees state elections.

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Ticket sold in Milwaukee wins Megabucks $22.5M jackpot Submitted: 05/31/2015

MILWAUKEE - The holder of a Megabucks ticket sold in Milwaukee is the winner of a record $22.5 million jackpot.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1FVAOAv) it's the first time the jackpot has been won in more than three years.

The Megabucks ticket for Saturday's drawing was sold by A&I Services convenience store on Howard Avenue.

The ticket holder has 180 days to claim the prize and can choose $22.5 million in 25 annual installments or a one-time cash payment of about $15.7 million.

Megabucks is a lottery jackpot game played only in Wisconsin.

A Madison man was the last jackpot winner: winning $14.3 million on Jan. 14, 2012. The previous record jackpot was $20.3 million, won Aug. 25, 2001.

Saturday's winning numbers were: 21, 22, 34, 36, 40 and 43.

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Actor Dustin Diamond found guilty of misdemeanors in stabbing case Submitted: 05/30/2015

PORT WASHINGTON - A Wisconsin jury has convicted TV actor Dustin Diamond of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but cleared the former "Saved by the Bell" actor of the most serious felony charge.

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Committee rejects Walker plan to freeze land buys Submitted: 05/29/2015

MADISON - Wisconsin lawmakers have rejected Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plan to block the state Department of Natural Resources from purchasing any land through its stewardship program for at least the next 13 years.

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Panel votes to cut University of Wisconsin budget by $250 million Submitted: 05/29/2015

MADISON - The Legislature's budget-writing committee has voted to cut the University of Wisconsin System budget by $250 million, eliminate tenure in state law, limit shared governance provisions and give UW more flexibility to save money.

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Finance committee votes to eliminate DNR positions Submitted: 05/29/2015

MADISON - The Legislature's finance committee has adopted Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate 80 positions within the state Department of Natural Resources, including more than half of the researchers in the agency's science bureau.

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UW budget cuts expected to be $250 million Submitted: 05/29/2015

MADISON - The Legislature's budget-writing committee plans to reduce Gov. Scott Walker's proposed $300 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System by $50 million.

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