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Posted Sunday, December 8, 2013 --- 6:12 a.m.

COLD SNAP-WISCONSIN

Wind-chill advisories issued in central, NE Wis.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A blast of Arctic air has arrived, and the National Weather Service has issued wind-chill advisories in central Wisconsin up to the northeast corner of the state.

Meteorologists predicted wind chills between minus 20 and minus 30 degrees on Saturday. Temperatures were expected to ease slightly by noon.

The weather service also issued a hazardous-weather outlook for southwest and central Wisconsin. It predicts 4 to 5 inches of fluffy snow accumulating Sunday into the night. That will be followed by wind chills of minus 10 to minus 25 degrees Monday through Wednesday.

PACKERS TRAVEL

Travelers warned ahead of Packers game

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Packers fans headed to Sunday's game in Green Bay are being reminded that closure of the Leo Frigo Bridge on Interstate 43 is expected to cause traffic delays.

The state Department of Transportation says that closure as well as ongoing construction on U.S. 41 and state Highway 29 will cause traffic delays on game day.

Motorists are reminded to be prepared for orange barrels, narrow lanes, soft shoulders and increased volume.

The DOT is telling travelers to allow extra time to reach their destinations.

About 30,000 vehicles travel across the Leo Frigo bridge on a Packer home game, but that is all being diverted. The heaviest congestion is expected on Sunday between 8 a.m. and noon and between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

PACKERS-TICKETS AVAILABLE

Packers tickets affordable, available this weekend

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- With a frigid forecast, a mediocre team and no Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers tickets are uncharacteristically easier to come by this weekend.

A Press-Gazette Media report says tickets for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons are affordable and available.

Dennis Garrity, the president of Event USA and Pacer Fan Tours in Ashwaubenon, said the lower prices have meant brisk sales for ticket brokers this week. He says prices for a regular-season game haven't been this low in years.

The cheapest tickets range from $37 to $56, while the priciest are going for anywhere from $249 to $1,102.

The Packers are 5-6-1, and Rodgers is still sidelined with a broken collarbone. The forecast calls for a high of 19 degrees and a chance of several inches of snow.

PACKERS-ROBINSON

Robinson's name goes up at Lambeau Field

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Another player will join the gridiron greats whose names are posted on the stadium facade inside Lambeau Field.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Dave Robinson and those gathered for Green Bay Packers-Atlanta Falcons game will see his name unveiled Sunday at halftime. The honor is reserved for Packers who have been enshrined in Canton, Ohio. Robinson will also receive his Hall of Fame ring.

Robinson is the latest member of Vince Lombardi's championship Green Bay Packers to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's the 12th Packer from Lombardi's era to be enshrined, including the coach. Robinson was a part of three NFL championships under Lombardi, including the first two Super Bowls.

The game Sunday has been moved up to noon.

CONCEALED CARRY-BUS CHALLENGE

Gun-rights advocates oppose Madison bus ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gun-rights advocates are preparing a court challenge to a Madison policy that bans weapons on city buses.

Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Carry Incorporated says it plans to file a lawsuit in the next few weeks challenging Metro Transit's policy banning "weapons of any kind." The group says the policy violates the state's concealed-carry law.

But city officials say they're confident the policy is legal. Metro spokesman Mick Rusch says it's in the best interest of passengers not to allow guns on buses.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says the city also bans guns in city buildings and Metro shelters.

Nik Clark is the president of Wisconsin Carry. He says the policy infringes on a person's right to carry if they rely on public transportation or live in a high-crime area.

EPIC-OVERTIME LAWSUIT

Suit alleges Wis.-based Epic Systems owes overtime

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A former employee at Verona-based Epic Systems has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the software company of failing to pay overtime wages.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says the lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of former employee Evan Nordgren and others. The suit alleges that the company denied overtime pay to him and other employees over a three-year period.

Epic says it believes its workers were properly paid because they're classified as salaried professionals, not hourly workers. It says the lawsuit "is without merit."

The lawsuit says Nordgren and others regularly worked more than 40 hours per week without overtime pay. It says they're not exempt from overtime pay.

The suit estimates the number of people involved could exceed 1,000 employees.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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