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  1. An experimental boom surrounded Madison's B.B. Clarke beach in 2010 to keep out algae, though it ended up being closed June 24 for high E. coli levels. Algae and bacteria are the prime causes for beach closures throughout the Madison area and the state. Mike DeVries/The Capital Times

    Beach closures highlight algae, bacteria threats in Yahara lakes and across Wisconsin

    After one of Madison's longest, coldest winters ever, swimming season is almost here along with toxic algal blooms, bacteria, invasive milfoil and other pestilences of the lakes.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Deaths for April 23

    BAER, Margaret; 87, Appleton

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  3. David Dudas of Dale is accused of brutally beating and sexually assaulting his wife  and frequently videotaping the incidents  on multiple occasions over the course of a year. Dan Powers/Post-Crescent Media

    Wife sobs during second day of David Dudas' jury trial

    The first time the jury saw her face was in a photo.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Neenah school board approves 2014-15 staffing plan

    The Neenah school board voted to hire nearly 11 more teachers and add 1.5 administrator positions for 2014-15 at a cost of nearly $626,000.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  5. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans employees listen to instructions before packaging boxes of diapers as part of the United Way Fox Cities Diaper Bank at the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans operations center November 20, 2013 in Appleton, Wis. Wm.Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media Wm.Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media

    United Way Fox Cities raises $8M in 2013

    The United Way Fox Cities Community Campaign exceeded its $7.7 million goal in 2013, raising more than $8 million.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Justice department: Agent let 43 child porn cases languish

    The former supervisor of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Milwaukee office allowed nearly four dozen Internet child pornography cases to languish for months, agency officials said in his termination letter.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  7. A Shawano County Sheriff squad car parks in the entrance to a gas station and fast-food McDonald restaurant where an armed person held a store employee hostage Tuesday in Wittenberg. T'xer Zhon Kha/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Hostage incident at Shawano Co. McDonald's ends peacefully after two hours

    A poised clerk and a skilled hostage negotiator on Tuesday helped peacefully end an armed standoff at a McDonald's restaurant in this western Shawano County village.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  8. This is a photo of a common Wisconsin stew made with wild game and vegetables. What is it? Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Take the quiz! From hodags to wapatuli, how well do you know Wisconsin?

    Enter here to take the quiz on mobile devices

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  9. Ari Solomon, spokesman for the animal rights group Mercy For Animals, speaks at a December news conference in Milwaukee about the results of an undercover investigation at Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf. File/AP

    Workers ordered to pay fines and court costs in Brown County farm-abuse case

    A pair of workers at a Brown County dairy filmed last year by animal activists mistreating cowsentered no contest pleas on Tuesday to a number of related charges.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Panel discussion to focus on immigration to be held Wednesday night at UW-Fox Valley

    A panel discussion Wednesday night will explore what immigrants mean to the economy and possible solutions that would improve their lives and strengthen the community in the process.

    • Apr. 22, 2014

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