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More moms staying at home as child care costs rise Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- More moms are staying at home because the cost of daycare is skyrocketing.A report released this week by the Pew Research Center finds 29 percent of mothers in 2012 chose to stay at home after having children. One likely reason for that is the rising cost of childcare in the U.S., up more than 70 percent since 1985.Madison mom Courtney Redepenning is one of those mothers. About three years ago she decided to quit her work as a hairdresser when her family moved to Madison for... More>>

Badgers celebrate men's basketball season with fans Video included

MADISON, WI (WKOW) -- Coming off one of the most successful seasons in Wisconsin men's basketball history, a sell-out crowd filled the Kohl Center Thursday night to celebrate the season with the team.Nearly 800 people came out to show their support for the team's accomplishments, including getting out to the best start in school history, at 16-0, reaching 30 wins for just the 3-rd time in school history, and giving head coach Bo Ryan his first ever trip to the Final Four.The annual event allo... More>>

Waunakee man charged in bicyclist's death Video included

A Waunakee man faces a decade in prison on a charge of hitting and killing a woman on her bicycle. More>>

Lawsuit seeks to stop Madison apartment project

A group of condo owners in downtown Madison filed a lawsuit to stop the development of an apartment building next door. More>>

Another snow day for some in northern Wisconsin Video included

So much for spring in Wisconsin's northwoods, as some parts got as much as 15 inches of snow. More>>

Stoughton family shaken by alleged piece of hate mail Video included

STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- Harry and Hester Hale have lived in Stoughton for six years. "It's a good town," Harry said. "We have good neighbors." But he said nothing could prepare him for what he found in his mailbox Wednesday afternoon. Harry opened an envelope, with no return address written on it, to find a picture depicting the lynching of two African Americans.

City of Fitchburg asking residents to fill out survey to determine fate of Nine Springs Golf Course

The City of Fitchburg Common Council will be making a decision about the future use for the Nine Springs Golf Course property on May 13. More>>

Dane County to launch safe sleep campaign Video included

In the last five years, there’s been an increase in the number of sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs) in Dane County. According to the Public Health Department, more than 70 percent of those deaths were the result of unsafe sleep environment.

New Alzheimer's research at UW-Madison Video included

Research at UW-Madison is showing that the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease might be as much about lifestyle as aging.

UW researchers collect insects and marine wildlife in hopes of creating antibiotics Video included

Many medical experts believe the world is facing a global public health crisis. Every year the Center for Disease Control says more than two million patients in hospitals get infections that are resistant to antibiotics. More>>

State program to boost workers with disabilities graduates class

JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A state program designed to train workers with disabilities for jobs in the retail sector graduated five program participants in Janesville.Officials say the workers in REDI (Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative) emerged from an intensive, four week training, involving classroom and on-the-job sessions.Walgreens partners with the state department of workforce development in the job training program. Community Solutions of WI. LLC contracts with the state to provi... More>>

More Wisconsin farmers' markets accepting FoodShare Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Farmer's Market begins this Saturday. It's a great way to buy seasonal, local, and healthy produce, but it's also benefiting the thousands of low income families in Wisconsin. More>>

Oconto High School fire causes $5 million in damages

A fire at Oconto High School has caused an estimated $5 million in smoke damage to the school. More>>

UPDATE: Vets with claims for benefits could soon see even longer wait times Video included

Both politicians and veterans service professionals are expressing concerns that a new online claims system being initiated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could result in longer wait times for veterans in Wisconsin. More>>

Wisconsin man accused of killing wife over nagging

A 77-year-old Milwaukee County man has told investigators he shot his blind wife of 56 years because she she'd been nagging him for three weeks. More>>

UPDATE: Andrew Harris attorney not surprised by DPI decision

Updated: Apr 17, 2014 05:03 PM

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction(DPI) will not try to revoke the license of Middleton middle school teacher Andrew Harris. More>>

2 heroin overdoses within 2 hours in Janesville Video included

Police are encouraging heroin users to seek addiction treatment after two overdoses on Wednesday.  Janesville police responded to two heroin overdoses within two hours of each other on April 16.

Wisconsin unemployment drops to 5.9 percent

Wisconsin's unemployment is down to 5.9 percent, its lowest level since November 2008.

High attendance numbers for Midwest Horse Fair despite horse disease concerns and bad weather

The 35th annual Midwest Horse fair drew in more than 54,500 people during their three day event at the Alliant Energy Center. Organizers say it's the 3rd highest attendance total they've seen, after 56,000 attendees in 2010 and 55,500 in 2012. More>>

Baby gorilla dies at Milwaukee County Zoo

The Milwaukee County Zoo says a baby gorilla born March 19 has passed away.

Gov. Walker issues another propane emergency declaration

Gov. Scott Walker has declared yet another emergency in response to the ongoing demand for propane.The governor's office released a statement Thursday declaring a ten-day energy emergency because of continuing cold temperatures.

Panel discussion on new arena to replace Bradley Center in Milwaukee

Three Milwaukee industry will answer questions from a panel of journalists about the idea of building a new arena to replace the city's BMO Harris Bradley Center. More>>

UPDATE: Teen missing after canoeing in Ozaukee Co. found safe

A teenager missing after canoeing on the Milwaukee River in Ozaukee County has been found safe. More>>

Putin hopes he won't have to send troops to Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine. More>>

DOJ and DNR promote drug take-back day

MADISON (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Department of Natural Resources are teaming up to promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. More>>

Man charged with taking family hostage in Eau Claire Video included

EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- A man accused of holding an Eau Claire family hostage told police he's been awake for four days straight using meth.James Albrecht was charged this week with nine felonies, including taking hostages.

4-year-old boy with autism, diabetes needs help to purchase diabetic alert dog Video included

FORT ATKINSON (WKOW) -- A 4-year-old boy from Fort Atkinson, diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes and autism, can't alert his parents of changes in his sugar levels and he needs a diabetic alert dog to help. More>>

Scam targets renters in UW campus area Video included

Police are warning renters about a scam targeting tenants in the UW-Madison campus area. A flyer went out to people who rent from H H Apartments, promising on online payment service and $215 off the next month's rent.

Dane County 911 Center pre-alert program approved

911 dispatchers in Dane County will begin sending pre-alerts to get responders out to emergencies faster. More>>

Former Madison Little League President sentenced to 11 months in jail Video included

Stephen Verhage told the judge he had no excuses for stealing the money from Kennedy Little League

Homicide charge filed in bicyclist's death

A homicide charge was filed against the driver accused of hitting and killing a woman who was riding her bike outside of Madison. More>>

Northern Wisconsin being hit with a spring snowstorm Video included

It sure does not seem like spring in northern Wisconsin.It started snowing this morning and continued into Wednesday night.  More>>

Milwaukee t-shirt company showing support for Boston Video included

A t-shirt company in Milwaukee is fueling support for survivors and victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. More>>

UPDATE: 9 confirmed dead after ferry sinks in South Korea Video included

Nine people are confirmed dead and 55 injured after a ferry sank in the cold waters off South Korea's southern coast.  More>>

Governor signs law prohibiting online advertising of adoptions

MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill prohibiting people from putting their child up for adoption online. Current state law prohibits advertising children up for adoption through a range of mediums, including newspapers, radio and television. But the law did not previously address the internet. The bill also requires parents who want to transfer their custodial powers to someone else for more than a year to go through a court review and prohibits custody transfers that don't... More>>

Wisconsin job climate to be focal point of 2014 gubernatorial race

MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker is still comitted to the lofty campaign pledge of creating 250-thousand jobs during his first term in office. Walker made the promise during his 2010 run for the Governor's mansion. "We're still aiming for that," Walker said Wednesday outside a Wisconsin Hospital Association event at Monona Terrace.  More>>

Governor Walker signs 55 bills into law Video included

Among them, a bill legalizing the use of a marijuana by-product to help treat children's seizures. More>>

Walker won't commit to finishing second term as Governor Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) will not commit to fulfilling all four years of a second term if he is reelected in November. More>>

Gov. Walker thankful Bucks will stay in Wisconsin Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- News that the Milwaukee Bucks have new ownership leaked a few hours before the official announcement Wednesday. Governor Scott Walker talked about it while in Madison earlier that day, thanking former Senator Herb Kohl for his commitment to keep the team in the state. More>>

UPDATE: New ownership announced for the Milwaukee Bucks Video included

New ownership announced and donation of $100 million for a new arena

Authorities investigating after 2 dogs found dead in Marquette Co.

Marquette County Sheriff's Office is looking for any information after two dogs were found dead in the Township of Montello. More>>

Kick off set for Badger football opener

The Badgers will meet LSU in prime time for the 2014 football season opener. The school announced it will face the Tigers at 8 p.m. CT at NRG Stadium in Houston on Aug. 30 in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff.

No indication of foul play in Prairie du Chien store fire

Investigators in Prairie du Chien say there is no indication of foul play in the fire that destroyed the Slumberland Furniture store. More>>

Rural school athletic directors propose enrollment multiplier to increase competition Video included

Tournament season is done and over, but the discussion of creating fairer competition between public and private schools is heating up. More>>

UPDATE: Gov. Walker kicks off re-election campaign Video included

DANE (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) kicked off his 2014 reelection campaign Tuesday morning by emphasizing lower spending and reduced taxes during a speech at Dane Manufacturing Co.

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