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MADISON -- The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing the Veterans Administration claiming the bedside manner of military chaplains violates the separation between church and state. A federal judge has ruled the suit has merit and will continue to trial. Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor says under the Bush administration, chaplains at some VA hospitals have become more aggressive about offering spiritual counseling.
A Luck man died Saturday night after being run over by a vehicle near Big Round Lake. Another Luck man is in custody for the death. Authorities say their initial investigation shows that Michael Ellis, 45, died after being struck by a Plymouth Mini-van allegedly driven by Derek Mosay, 20. An autopsy later showed that Ellis had received numerous injuries to his chest, which Polk County authorities believe caused his death. Mosay was arrested on charges of homicide by the intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and operating a vehicle after license revocation.
A Clear Lake woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle accident this morning (Monday) east of New Richmond, according to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office. Her name and age were not immediately available. Deputies were continuing work on their reports this afternoon. The collision occurred at about 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 64 and County Road T, about six miles outside of New Richmond. It involved a pick-up truck and what appeared to be a large commercial truck carrying lumber.
Wisconsin law enforcement and consumer protection officials are warning of a new identity theft scam. In this one, the scammer poses as a court employee and calls the victim saying they've been selected for jury duty. The caller then asks to verify names and Social Security numbers, and then asks for credit card information. Fines are threatened if the person refuses to provide the information. Another variation has the caller posing as a jury coordinator and saying an arrest warrant has been issued to the person for failure to report for jury duty.
PARK FALLS -- The Department of Natural Resources is warning hunters in eight northern Wisconsin counties to beware of wolf packs killing hunting dogs. Thirteen dogs have been killed by wolf packs in the past two months, up from nine killed a year ago. The counties where warnings to hunters with dogs are posted are Bayfield, Douglas, Marathon, Lincoln, Taylor, Sawyer, Rusk, and Marinette. Adrian Wydeven, a DNR wildlife ecologist in Park Falls, says wolf packs are protecting their pups, so the DNR is helping hunters protect their dogs.
A bi-national plan covering proposed diversions of water from the Great Lakes still needs the approval of state governments. Wisconsin lawmakers and others began debating the proposal on Thursday. Gov. Jim Doyle and the other Great Lakes governors announced last December that they'd agreed to a new proposal to protect against large diversions of water from the Great Lakes Basin. However, none of the eight state legislatures around the Lakes have given their approval yet.
A new college financial aid program targeting eighth graders has been officially launched by Gov. Jim Doyle. At a signing ceremony Wednesday at a Middleton middle school, the Doyle inaugurated the covenant scholars program. The new program has the backing the University of Wisconsin and technical college systems as well as 20 Wisconsin private independent colleges and universities. Doyle told a class of eighth graders at the ceremony if they keep their grades up, the state will make sure there's money to pay their college tuition.
MADISON - The 2006 Youth Waterfowl Hunt will take place Sept. 16 and 17 and provides and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say this is a great opportunity for youth aged 12 to 15 years to learn waterfowl hunting. The regular 2006 Wisconsin waterfowl season opens in the north zone on Sept. 23.
Five candidates -- two Democrats and three Republicans -- will go into the Sept. 12 primary election for the District 29 seat in the Wisconsin Assembly. The 29th District does not include the immediate Hudson area, but does encompass towns and cities just east of Hudson, including the towns of Warren, Richmond and Kinnickinnic and the village of Roberts. Two - one Democrat and one Republican - will survive the primary to face off in November. The winner of that election will replace Republican Andy Lamb, who served only one term before deciding not to seek re-election.
A North Carolina group is calling on consumers to boycott the Miller Brewing Company. Their campaign follows the beer-maker's sponsorship of a recent immigrants' rights march in Chicago. Americans for Legal Immigration PAC wants people to stop buying Miller beer and to sell any company stock they may own. The Milwaukee-based brewer is the second largest beer maker in the U.S. William Gheen, ALI-PAC president, says $30,000 from Miller helped promote this week's Labor Day immigrants' rights march in Chicago.