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MADISON - A federal judge has blocked a state law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admittance privileges. U.S. District Judge William Conley temporarily halted the law until a constitutional trial on November. Critics of the law say it puts a burden on women seeking abortions because it would close at least two abortion clinics in the state.
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann earned his 13th win of the season, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 yesterday. The Auburndale native pitched six solid innings for the Washington Nationals, allowing no runs on four hits and five strike-outs. Milwaukee’s only run of the night came in the 8th inning, when Jonathan Lucroy sent a solo shot over the center wall.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ kicker Mason Crosby has been getting some competition from Giorgio Tavecchio over the past week at Training Camp. It appears that it’s Crosby’s job to lose – and so far, the incumbent is not letting it happen. Yesterday, Crosby went 5-for-5 in field goal attempts with his longest being from 51 yards out.
AKRON - Madison golfer Steve Stricker was tied for 12th place early this afternoon at the Bridgestone Invitational. Stricker shot a three-under-par 67 in his second round today, putting him at two-under-138 at the halfway point of the World Golf Championships’ event in Ohio. Stricker was five strokes off the lead by early afternoon.
MILWAUKEE - Governor Scott Walker is asking for a federal disaster declaration for 11 Wisconsin counties. Heavy rains and flooding in June caused mudslides and washed-out several roads in the Southwest part of the state. Officials estimate over nine-point-to million dollars of damage was done to public infrastructures. If the federal declaration is approved, the federal government will cover 75-percent of the cost.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fall camp for the University of Minnesota football team began this afternoon on campus. The Golden Gophers will practice for the first time at 5:15 p.m. at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. The workout is free and open to the public. This weekend, the Gophers will also hold open practices on Saturday and Sunday mornings (10:25 am).
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. - A shooting near New York Mills Wednesday night has claimed the life of a second man, in what is believed to be a murder-sucide.
MADISON - Gary Andersen will start his football coaching tenure at the University of Wisconsin with a nationally-ranked team. The USA Today pre-season coaches’ poll ranked the Badgers at No. 23, after they played in their third consecutive Rose Bowl in January. Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 in the new poll. Ohio State is second, after going 12-0 last fall under new coach Urban Meyer.
WEST ALLIS - The 162nd Wisconsin State Fair is now underway. Spokeswoman Kristi Chuckel says the fair will run until August 11 and features plenty of entertainment, farm animals and – of course - food. One food item that will continue a strong tradition at this year’s fair is the cream puff, a staple since 1924. Chuckel says over 375-thousand cream puffs were sold at last year’s 11-day event.