Wisconsin

Former U.S. Representative Bob Kastenmeier has died at the age of 91. The Wisconsin Democrat was an early and staunch opponent of the Vietnam War.

Kastenmeier served 32 years in Congress. He was 91. His wife Dorothy says he died Friday at their home in Arlington, Virginia. 

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says she was proud to walk in his footsteps representing the 2nd Congressional District.

“His public service is an inspiration to me today and his optimistic spirit will live on in me and other elected officials who were touched by his life's work.”

Dane County, Wis.

The Rock County Coroner’s office in Wisconsin will not close today, but they will undergo a lot of procedural and personnel changes when they merge with the Dane County Medical Examiner’s office. That's after 132 years of stand-alone service in Rock County.

The Rock County community wanted to see the administrator’s office take accountability for examiner services, and that’s what having an appointed medical examiner versus an elected coroner would do. That’s according to Randy Terronez, who is the county administrator’s assistant.

Flickr user TheDigitel Beaufort / "Bill's Liquor growler station 1" (CC BY 2.0)

The Wisconsin Grocers Association is pushing to allow customers to get fresh beer on tap at grocery stores. 

Most grocery stores in the state have a license allowing them to sell packaged alcohol. The association wants to let customers refill half-gallon glass containers, known as growlers, at stores.

There is no current legislation in Wisconsin. But the grocers association is asking state residents to voice their opinion on their website.

Wisconsin DNR

For the third year in a row, Wisconsin hunters killed more wolves than allowed by law.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin's deer season doesn't start for another week and a half, but state wildlife officials remind hunters to play it safe.

The Department of Natural Resources says hunters should treat every firearm like it's loaded and always point the muzzle in a safe direction.

Wisconsin has seen four gun seasons with no deaths since 1972.

State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tells fellow Republicans they have an ``incredible opportunity to lead'' as he heads into his second term. Republicans increased their majority in the state legislature in last week's election. 

Wisconsin Gov. Candidates Meet For Final Debate Tonight

Oct 17, 2014
State of Wisconsin / Burke for Wisconsin

Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are scheduled to meet for their second and final debate.

Tonight's debate in Milwaukee will be broadcast nationwide.

The one-hour debate begins at 7 p.m. It is being broadcast live on about 100 radio and television stations, including statewide on public television and nationally on C-SPAN.

Walker argues he turned around the state's economy. Burke says Walker failed in his first term and isn't advocating for the middle class.

State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin will recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the state in June.

Updated at 7:03 a.m. ET Friday:

After an appeals court put Wisconsin's voter ID law back into effect, the Supreme Court voted to put the law on hold while the justices decide whether to take the case.

Marge Pitrof of Milwaukee's WUWM reports:

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Ruled Constitutional

Oct 6, 2014

A federal appeals court has found Wisconsin's voter photo ID law to be constitutional.

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