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Black Earth Meats closes amid debate over slaughterhouse Video included

BLACK EARTH (WKOW) -- A local meat processing facility is closing its doors after a battle with the village of Black Earth over its slaughterhouse.Black Earth Meats Co-owner Bartlett Durand released a statement Tuesday the business has conducted its last slaughter and will be closing as soon as all its product is sold.After a few neighbors complained about the slaughterhouse being too close to their homes and growing too large for its space in the residential neighborhood, the village of Blac... More>>

UPDATE: WEDC awarded money to four more companies that outsourced jobs

As the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Board of Directors gets ready to consider a proposal to ban financial awards for companies that outsource state jobs, 27 News has learned at least four more companies that outsourced state jobs have benefited from WEDC tax credits.  More>>

Madison woman arrested after disturbance

 Police say she had been drinking and got into a loud argument with others.
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Child killed by van in Racine driveway

A 5-year-old girl has died after being struck by a van in the driveway of a Racine home.
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Badgers take the stage at Big 10 Media Days

The Badgers take their turn at the mic on opening day of Big 10 Media Days in Chicago on Monday, as the team prepares for its second season under coach Gary Andersen. More>>

Monona Terrace jumper fined after YouTube video posted

The Madison man many saw jumping off the Monona Terrace after his YouTube video went viral, has been fined with over $750 in fines. More>>

Man found dead in Lake Mills pond

Lake Mills Police say an autopsy Monday will be done on a body found floating in Mill Pond Sunday. More>>

Elderly woman dies after being hit by train in Wisconsin Rapids

Wisconsin Rapids police say an elderly woman has died after being hit by a train.
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Trial set to begin Monday for woman accused of kidnapping newborn nephew

The trial of Kristen Smith, the Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew and abandoning him in freezing temperatures is about to go to trial. More>>

West Bend man drowns in Oneida County

A West Bend man drowned in Oneida County over the weekend. More>>

Milwaukee Sheriff: If you see something, say something

The sheriff of Milwaukee County is asking citizens to be particularly vigilant about activities around local religious sites due to hostilities in the Middle East. More>>

2 arrested after gun pulled at a Madison tavern

MADISON (WKOW) -- Two people were arrested after a gun was pulled at Red Shed Tavern. More>>

3 teens injured in high-speed golf cart accident

Three teenagers are hurt in an accident with a golf cart in the Town of New Glarus. More>>

Gov. Walker discusses gun violence Video included

With the recent gun violence around the state Governor Scott Walker says Wisconsin needs to crackdown on criminals. Sunday afternoon the Governor wrapped up his two day motorcycle trip across the state, with a stop at Badger Harley Davidson. More>>

Car show raises money for local housing organization Video included

Project Home works to improve the quality and affordability of low-to-moderate incoming housing options in Dane and Green counties. More>>

Family uses love of music and UW-Madison to raise money for cancer research Video included

A Wisconsin family has made it their mission to fight cancer through the power of music. It's why they started the Gray Matters Music Jam, which is now in its' third year. More>>

Woman killed in Janesville lawnmower accident

Rock County sheriff's officials say a 65-year-old woman was killed Saturday when a riding lawnmower tipped upside down. More>>

Town of Madison fire caused by careless use of smoking materials

A fire caused by careless use of smoking materials at a two-story multi-family structure caused approximately $4,000 in damage Sunday morning. More>>

West Allis man dead after getting hit by train

A 21-year-old West Allis man is dead after he was struck by a train Sunday morning near the Wisconsin Dells Depot. More>>

Milton police investigate multiple thefts

Police are looking for more information about multiple thefts including electronics and a vehicle that occurred late Saturday night and early Sunday morning in the north central area of Milton. More>>

Trial date set for Wisconsin Rep. Bill Kramer

State Rep. Bill Kramer, former majority leader of the Wisconsin Assembly, is due to stand trial in October on sexual assault charges. More>>

4-year-old injured in Milwaukee gunfire exchange Video included

A 4-year-girl Milwaukee girl has been injured in an exchange of gunfire, but police say she was fortunate to escape with only a graze. More>>

Poll: Prisons struggling with inmate rehab

Most respondents to a recent Marquette University Law School poll say they think Wisconsin's criminal justice system is doing an average job at best rehabilitating inmates. More>>

Rock River free from slow-no-wake restrictions

The Rock River is free from slow-no-wake speed restrictions. More>>

Wisconsin DNR to scale back gypsy moth suppression

The state Department of Natural Resources wants to dramatically scale back its gypsy moth aerial spray program. More>>

Veteran pilot creates friendship with young boy Video included

A 40-year-old veteran pilot has built a touching friendship with a young Edgerton boy. Gerald Miller flies WWII planes as a hobby but recently has found another way to spend his time.  More>>

Opera in the Park draws thousands Video included

The 13th annual Opera in the Park drew thousands of people to Madison's Garner Park for a night of music More>>

8th annual Clean Lakes Festival Video included

The annual Clean Lakes Festival brought a crowd to the shores of Lake Monona on Saturday. More>>

Baraboo's Big Top Parade draws a crowd Video included

Downtown Baraboo's Circus Celebration continued Saturday with the second annual circus parade. Families gathered for the Big Top Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday. More>>

Mock tornado exercise prepares first responders for emergency Video included

Dodge and Columbia County first responders got a chance to prepare for a big emergency at a full-scale training exercise Saturday. More>>

Man dies after he gets trapped underneath tractor in rural Barneveld

A Barneveld man died Saturday afternoon after he got trapped underneath a tractor. Emergency personnel responded to 3580 Mounds View Road in rural Barneveld for a report of a farm accident. More>>

UW to lead national farmer's market research Video included

UW-Madison and the Farmer's Market Coalition are teaming up to examine the impact farmer's markets around the country have on their communities. The three-year study is made possible by a grant from the USDA. More>>

Dutch: 1st victim identified from Flight 17

The Dutch government says the first victim has been identified from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster. More>>

Activist brings AK-47 to first lady's event

A gun rights activist showed up at First Lady Tonette Walker's visit to Sheboygan with an AK-47 strapped to his back -- to make a point that it's legal to openly carry a licensed firearm in Wisconsin. More>>

Missing Lodi man found

Police are searching for a missing and endangered adult who was last seen Friday morning. More>>

1 dies after being shot in car in Milwaukee Video included

Milwaukee police say two men were shot while they were sitting inside a car on Lisbon Avenue -- and the car then crashed into a building. More>>

Minneapolis to NYC flight diverted to Milwaukee

A Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to New York City has landed safely in Milwaukee after it was diverted. More>>

Woman hit by train, dies in Taylor County

A 33-year-old woman has died after she was hit by a train in Taylor County.The Taylor County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened shortly before midnight Friday. More>>

Packers extend Jordy Nelson's contract

The Green Bay Packers have extended wide receiver Jordy Nelson’s contract. More>>

Thunderbirds to perform at Wisconsin airshow

The Thunderbirds are expected to draw an unusually large crowd to eastern Wisconsin next weekend for the Navy jets' first full performance at the nation's largest convention of pilots. More>>

Wisconsin suspects arrested after Facebook 'likes'

Wisconsin police say two home burglary suspects are in custody after they "liked" a photo of an accomplice on Facebook. More>>

Man dies in Wisconsin tractor accident

A 73-year-old man has died in a tractor accident in Trempealeau County.The sheriff's office says the man was trimming branches around a house on a tractor when the tractor overturned and pinned him Friday. More>>

2 rescued from capsized sailboat on Lake Winnebago

Crews have rescued two Fond du Lac residents from a capsized sailboat on Lake Winnebago. More>>

New contract for UW Health and Physicians Plus

UW Health is joining forces with Physicians Plus. More>>

Gov. Walker has concerns about undocumented children in Wisconsin Video included

DEERFIELD (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) talked transportation and jobs during a campaign stop at a trucking company Friday, but he's also clearly been thinking about the potential impact of hundreds of undocumented children coming to Wisconsin. More>>

Sauk City dedicates sign to Culver's Video included

On Friday, Sauk City unveiled a sign reading "Home of the Original Culver's" 

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Tommy Thompson biking around state in name of cancer research Video included

 Thompson began with a 50-mile ride on Friday, raising money and awareness for pancreatic cancer.

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Illinois mother drowns while saving child Video included

 They swam out to save three kids who got out too far in the water on Star Lake.

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Lifetime registration comes to state's Do Not Call list Video included

Beginning Aug. 1, the requirement that phone numbers on the state's Do Not Call list be renewed every two years goes away More>>

Arguments over WI gay marriage law set for next month

Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin on August 26. More>>

Waunafest kicks off this weekend but no parade Video included

Families will be out all weekend enjoying the annual Waunafest but one of the biggest attractions was canceled this year. More>>

DNA test leads to sexual assault arrest in Madison

A DNA hit the by Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory leads to an arrest stemming from a sexual assault case in May.
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Kenosha soldier dies from illness he got in Afghanistan

KA soldier from Kenosha has died from an illness he got while in Afghanistan. More>>

15-year-old Madison boy arrested after crashing into a tree with SUV

Madison Police say a 15-year-old was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Reception Center after taking his family's SUV for a joyride and crashing into a tree. More>>

Windows shot out by BB gun on Madison's west side

 Police are investigating after a home's windows were shot out by a BB gun.
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Radar captures mayfly swarm on Mississippi River

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mayflies have begun hatching in the Mississippi River, emerging from the water in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and other surfaces and leave behind a slimy mess. The National Weather Service captured a massive swarm on radar Sunday night as flies emerged from the river to mate and drifted north with the wind. The radar loop shows yellow spots directly over the river as the flies emerge from the water. The swarm morphs into a green band as it dri... More>>

Police consider ticket for Monona Terrace jumper

Madison Police officials say they are considering a citation against the man who became the first person in seven years to jump from the seven-story-high Monona Terrace Convention Center roof top to the lake below More>>

Sen. Baldwin introduces bill to create more VA doctors Video included

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MADISON (WKOW) -- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation aimed at increasing the number of doctors at Veterans Affairs medical centers and reducing wait times. More>>

Seven kids linked to 6 car thefts, 20 break-ins within a week Video included

Police in Green Bay and Ashwaubenon say they've identified the people responsible for at least 6 vehicle thefts and more than 20 break-ins, all in just the past week. More>>

Car chase in Green Bay ends after suspect shoots self

Authorities say a Green Bay man has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot after shooting at a random car and at sheriff's deputies on a Marinette County highway. More>>

Woman dies rescuing boy from WI lake

Friends and family are mourning the death of an Illinois woman who drowned while rescuing a 9-year-old boy in a Wisconsin lake. More>>

7th Circuit revives lead paint lawsuit

A federal appeals court has revived a lead paint lawsuit in Wisconsin, which could also reactivate more than 170 other lead poisoning cases. More>>

New Madison music venue discussed at forum Video included

An east side Madison neighborhood held a public forum Thursday to discuss a proposal to build a large scale music venue. More>>

Man accused of killing child's mother pleads not guilty Video included

The man accused of killing a Jefferson County woman pleads not guilty in court Thursday. More>>

Platteville honors storm cleanup volunteers Video included

PLATTEVILLE (WKOW) -- The annual "Party in the Park" recognizes volunteers from various organizations throughout the Platteville community. More>>

Madison Police play basketball with area kids Video included

Police are always looking to improve relations with the community, through basketball. More>>

UPDATE: Uptick in hand, foot & mouth disease cases in Madison Video included

Doctors say they're seeing an unusual increase in cases of hand, foot and mouth disease among children in the Madison area. More>>

Lobbying by parents boosts high school drama program Video included

An avalanche of parent emails to Madison West High School administrators succeeds in convincing the school's principal to boost West's drama program.
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Man battered on after confrontation

 The 32-year-old victim told police he was walking on the 4700 block of Jenewein Road when he was attacked by three young men.

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CDC finds more girls getting cervical cancer vaccine

Local doctors say national statistics underline the importance of continued education for parents about getting teenagers vaccinated against HPV. More>>

Court records: homicide victim intended to sell pot

A criminal complaint states a Madison homicide victim from Portland, Oregon intended to sell marijuana, but was instead fatally shot. More>>

Madison recommends two buildings as possible shelters for undocumented children Video included

The City of Madison is giving the federal government two options for a shelter that could house up to 250 undocumented children for a period of 30 to 60 days. More>>

Body of man who jumped from Wisconsin Dells bridge recovered

The body of a man who reportedly jumped off a bridge into the Wisconsin River in June has been recovered. According to the Wisconsin Dells Police Department, the body of 23-year-old Alexander McNair was recovered Thursday morning.
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Congressman Ryan proposes overhaul of federal poverty programs Video included

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- Speaking to a crowd at the American Enterprise Institute Thursday morning, Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-1) laid out an ambitious plan for improving the federal government's approach to battling poverty. More>>

Computer scammers ordered by federal court to pay $5.1 million

Earlier this week an exclusive 27 News story warned consumers about a computer scam that is making a comeback in Southern Wisconsin. The Federal Trade Commission has announced a followup development with this situation. More>>

Man arrested after creating disturbance at West Towne Mall

The man had been smoking synthetic marijuana and was screaming and throwing merchandise around the Boston Store's men's department. More>>

Man accused of killing his child's mother in court Thursday

The man authorities say killed the mother of his child will appear in court Thursday. More>>

One dead after high speed crash in Sauk County

One person is dead after a single vehicle accident in Sauk County. More>>

Racine mom brings kids along to rob stranger's home Video included

A man in Racine foiled a robbery when he came home to find a mother, and her 3 children, inside ready to steal his things. More>>

"Nashville" stars to play at Rock County 4-H Fair Video included

JANESVILLE (WKOW) – For fans of the ABC television show “Nashville,” they’ll have the chance to see the stars behind the characters Deacon Claybourne and Scarlett O’Connor perform at the Rock County 4-H Fair on Saturday. Charles Esten, who goes by Chip, and Clare Bowen will hit the stage at 8 p.m. at the fair as part of Esten’s tour.“This is one of the many amazing byproducts of this great show that I get to be on, ‘Nashville’,” said Esten about the tour.Visiting the area is also personal for... More>>

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    JANESVILLE (WKOW) – For fans of the ABC television show “Nashville,” they’ll have the chance to see the stars behind the characters Deacon Claybourne and Scarlett O’Connor perform at the Rock County 4-H Fair on Saturday. Charles Esten, who goes by Chip, and Clare Bowen will hit the stage at 8 p.m. at the fair as part of Esten’s tour.“This is one of the many amazing byproducts of this great show that I get to be on, ‘Nashville’,” said Esten about the tour.Visiting the area is also personal for...More >>
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