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Mechanics, plumbers busy as pipes freeze, cars don't start

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 7:52pm
The extreme cold is not kind to cars; some are unable to start, forcing drivers to find help Monday. Others saw frozen pipes, needing a plumber to get water back and running.

Escaping the cold in La Crosse

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 6:22pm
La Crosse County is under a public health alert until noon on Wednesday.

Convicted sex offender to be released in La Crosse

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 6:22pm
The La Crosse Police Department says 64-year-old Edward Radtke will be released from prison on Friday. He'll be moving to 608 11th Street in South La Crosse.

Man charged with assaulting patient found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:58pm
The Eau Claire County District Attorney's office says 68-year-old John Lizan was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault of a mentally ill victim but not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

City of Eau Claire crews respond to two water main breaks in freezing temps

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:40pm
Crews have responded to a pair of water main breaks in Eau Claire on Monday.

WR Jones among key Packers facing uncertainty

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:40pm
The emergence of rookie running back Eddie Lacy as a complement on offense to quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a bright spot for the future.

Five things to know about the deep freeze

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:40pm
Much of the country grappled Monday with a historic freeze that shuttered schools and businesses at the start of the first full work week of 2014.

Report: Cuts to teachers offset aid reduction

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:40pm
The report released Monday by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance updates its earlier findings released in 2012 that showed the reduction in benefits only covered about two-thirds of the revenue cut in Walker's budget.

Wis. governor reports for jury duty in Milwaukee

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:40pm
Walker and 18 other potential jurors were struck from the panel Monday. No reasons were given.

School closures for Tues. up to Minn. districts

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:31pm
Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius informed local school leaders Monday that Gov. Mark Dayton won't call off classes statewide for a second day amid dangerously cold conditions.

Subzero 'polar vortex' pushes frigid air across US

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:31pm
Officials closed schools in cities including Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee and warned residents to stay indoors and avoid the frigid cold altogether.

Union Pacific reports Midwest weather delays

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:31pm
The Omaha-based railroad said Monday that main line and switching operations are being slowed.

Walker appoints Tom Frost to serve as Washburn Co. District Attorney

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:31pm
Tom Frost has served as special prosecutor in Washburn since the Governor Walker’s appointment of J. Michael Bitney to the Barron County Circuit Court.

Cold closes Milwaukee Public Schools again Tuesday

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:30am
Milwaukee Public Schools officials said Monday that students should stay home again on Tuesday because of the dangerous cold.

Iowa's McCaffery apologizes for outburst

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:30am
Fran McCaffery was called for back-to-back technical fouls and tossed from the game for arguing with officials with 12 minutes left. The Badgers rallied for a 75-71 win.

So far, cold causes few emergencies in Wis

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:30am
Wisconsin Emergency Management spokesman Tod Pritchard said Monday that there have been scattered reports of water main breaks and frozen pipes in homes.

Volunteers build snow bike trail in Wisconsin

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:30am
The trails built by volunteers with the Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition cover seven miles in the 300-acre Sunny Vale Park.

Wisconsin lawmakers debate use for $35 m surplus

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:30am
The surplus could be used to help cut taxes, pay for new jobs programs or reduce state debt. Lawmakers also could opt to simply keep the money in the state's general fund.

NEW INFORMATION: Packers react to season-ending loss to San Francisco

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:30am
Kaepernick converted crucial plays on third down, and rushed for 98 yards. It was the difference in the game, and will haunt the Green Bay defense into the off season.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Streets blocked off near fire scene in Eau Claire

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 10:16am
It happened Monday morning.