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AMY ERMI OF Niagara, Wis., shot this eight-point buck in Niagara at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the opening day of Wisconsin gun deer season. Ermi used a crossbow.

Wisconsin hunters take slightly fewer deer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Hunters killed slightly fewer deer during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun season this year than last, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources data released Tuesday. The season began Nov. 18 and ran through Sunday. According to the DNR’s preliminary totals, ...

In this Sept. 3, 2017 photo, algae covers the surface of Maumee River at the mouth of Lake Erie in Toledo, Ohio. The type of phosphorus fueling the algae outbreak has doubled in western Lake Erie tributaries since the Environmental Quality Incentives Program started in the mid-1990s, according to research scientist Laura Johnson of Ohio’s Heidelberg University. Scientists estimate about 85 percent of the Maumee’s phosphorus comes from croplands and livestock operations. (DroneBase via AP)

Agency: Great Lakes protections falling short

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said Tuesday. Inadequately treated sewage, industrial chemicals and farm runoff ...

Crandon officer ruled justified in fatal shooting

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) — A Crandon police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect, the Forest County district attorney has ruled. DA Chuck Simono said an investigation showed Dexter Baxter had Officer Ryan Wilson in a choke hold Oct. 22 and the officer was on the verge ...

Ship to arrive early in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A newly launched U.S. Navy ship set to be commissioned in Buffalo next month will be arriving earlier than expected. The USS Little Rock commissioning committee said the warship will arrive at the city’s Lake Erie waterfront Monday, four days earlier than the original ...

Evers refusing to let attorney general represent him

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State Superintendent Tony Evers, a Democratic candidate for governor, said Tuesday he refuses to be represented by the Republican-led Wisconsin Department of Justice in a lawsuit challenging his independence. Evers said he was firing Attorney General Brad Schimel over ...

Seven shot in Wisconsin hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Seven hunters were shot during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season, the Department of Natural Resources reports. According to the DNR’s website Monday, five hunters accidently shot themselves during the season. The sixth was shot by someone in his own party during ...

Walker signs bill loosening requirements for beauty parlors

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that makes it easier for cosmetologists licensed in other states to work in Wisconsin. The measure Walker signed Monday also eliminates continuing education requirements for cosmetologists, barbers and manicurists. The law ...

Guide dog owners complain about untrained ‘service animals’

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Guide dog owners in western Wisconsin say they’re frustrated that laws protecting service animals are being abused by people who claim their untrained dogs are legitimate service animals. At least two guide dog owners in La Crosse have contacted police after ...

Village OKs Foxconn deal

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — The Mount Pleasant village board has unanimously approved a historic agreement with Foxconn, the Taiwanese company building a huge flat screen manufacturing campus in the community. The agreement provides $764 million in local incentives for Foxconn which is ...

THE SPANISH NAVY frigate Alvaro de Bazan, right, cruises alongside the destroyer USS Carney, left, off the coast of Rota, Spain, in the Mediterranean Sea in 2016. Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, said it is partnering with the Spanish builder of the Alvaro de Bazan on a new design for up to 20 frigates for the U.S. Navy. (Weston Jones/U.S. Navy via AP)

US Navy wants small warships that pack a more powerful punch

BATH, Maine (AP) — The Navy’s fast-and-maneuverable littoral combat ship was criticized for lacking enough firepower and armor to survive a maritime battle. The Navy is addressing those concerns with a new class of small-but-powerful frigates that will pack a bigger punch. The Navy asked ...

Wisconsin may allow first responders to aid pets

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some Wisconsin lawmakers are pushing to change state law and allow first responders to treat pets when responding to an emergency. Wisconsin’s veterinarian practice act only allows for veterinarians to give animals aid, WDJT-TV reported. Two bills are in committee ...

Protected albino deer killed in Pepin County

DURAND, Wis. (AP) — A conservation club in northwestern Wisconsin says it will mount an albino deer accidentally shot by a hunter and use it as a teaching tool. The state Department of Natural Resources said the hunter who mistakenly shot the white deer contacted authorities after learning ...

Missing Oakdale kayaker found

TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A body found on the Wisconsin side of Interstate Park has been identified as that of a missing kayaker from Minnesota. Forty-nine-year-old Vue Her of Oakdale went missing over the summer after reportedly leaving for a kayaking trip. His family filed a missing ...

Deer carcasses litter highways in Wisconsin as removal duty changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some vehicle-struck deer aren’t getting removed from Wisconsin highways as quickly as they’re being run down, as officials adjust to a new carcass pickup system, according to state officials. A provision in the state budget transferred responsibility for picking up ...

Tobacco checks in Marinette County stores

MARINETTE, Wis. — This year the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition (NWTFC) once again conducted tobacco compliance checks. Any store that has a tobacco license may be checked. A total of 57 random checks were completed in Marinette County. This year, 12 stores sold tobacco to a minor. That ...

Evers to be represented in lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker ordered state Justice Department attorneys on Wednesday to represent schools Superintendent Tony Evers in a lawsuit alleging Evers is writing education regulations without the governor’s permission, even though the department believes Evers ...

Contractor hurt in house explosion

LODI, Wis. (AP) — A contractor was injured when a new home under construction exploded in southern Wisconsin. A 911 caller reported to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office that the home had exploded just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. The odor of LP gas was detected about two hours earlier. The ...

High fluctuations in school scores

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Unusually high fluctuations in scores for more than 150 Wisconsin schools and two dozen districts threw into question their school report card results released Tuesday. The scores of 162 schools and 24 districts were flagged for parents, teachers, community members and ...

Wisconsin officials eye local mining regulations as state looks to lift ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Local governments are looking to enact their own mining regulations as Gov. Scott Walker prepares to lift Wisconsin’s nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining, saying they want to protect the environment and make sure taxpayers don’t have to clean up any potential ...

Two hunters die in Wisconsin

MONTELLO, Wis. (AP) — Two hunters have been found dead in Marquette County during opening day of the gun-deer season. Authorities say a 57-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound in his blind Saturday in the Town of Newton. A 62-year-old Shawano County man was found dead from natural ...