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Posted Saturday, December 7, 2013 --- 5:05 a.m.

MANDELA-WALKER-FLAGS

Walker orders flags lowered in Mandela memory

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in memory of Nelson Mandela.

In a statement, Walker says Mandela was "an inspiring man, who stood as a distinct symbol of hope in the anti-apartheid movement."

Walker also says Mandela unified South Africa as its first black president. The governor says the courage and bravery Mandela exhibited "in the face of injustice inspired not only his nation, but also the world."

Mandela died Thursday at age 95.

Walker ordered all U.S. and Wisconsin flags flown at half-staff starting Friday and ending at sunset on Monday.

DEPUTY INJURED

Wis. sheriff's deputy injured by jail inmate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County sheriff's deputy was hurt while trying to move a jail inmate to another cell.

The sheriff's office says the deputy was working in the Public Safety Building Thursday when he learned that a 34-year-old man was showing signs of hurting himself.

The deputy talked to the man and called for mental health and nursing staff to evaluate him. The inmate agreed to move to another cell where he could be more closely monitored, but when deputies entered his cell he became combative and started fighting with them.

One of the deputies had to be taken to UW Hospital, where he learned he suffered a fractured shoulder. He was treated and released but will miss work for several weeks.

The inmate was taken to Mendota Mental Health Institute.

OFF-DUTY POLICE-OWI

2 off-duty Wis. police officers accused of OWI

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Two off-duty Sheboygan police officers have been arrested on suspicion of OWI.

The two were arrested early Thursday after a two-car crash.

In a news release, the Sheboygan Police Department says the crash happened when one driver rear-ended the other, who was stopped at a blinking red light.

According to the arrest log, one officer's preliminary blood alcohol content was 0.10 percent and the other's was 0.23 percent. The legal limit for driving in Wisconsin is 0.08 percent.

Sheboygan Press Media reports both officers were off duty and driving their personal vehicles at the time of the crash. No other vehicles were involved and the only occupants were the officers. No one was hurt.

The police department will conduct an internal investigation.

DEER HUNT

DNR says it can't cancel northern deer hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources official says it's too late to cancel a four-day antlerless deer hunt in northern Wisconsin as three Republican lawmakers are requesting.

The lawmakers on Friday asked that the hunt beginning Thursday be canceled north of Highway 64. The highway runs across the state from north of Hudson to Marinette.

But DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says the process for canceling the hunt takes about six months, per the process established by the Legislature in 2011.

The lawmakers say they want to cancel the hunt due to depleted deer numbers. But Wallenfang says permit numbers were adjusted downward this year knowing the number of deer would be lower.

Senator Tom Tiffany and Reps. Mary Czaja and Rob Swearingen sent the letter.

FAVRE-STATE TITLE

Favre helps coach prep team to state title

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Brett Favre is a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player and a Super Bowl champion.

Now, he can add one more accomplishment to his storied career: High school state champion.

Favre is the offensive coordinator for Oak Grove High School, which beat Tupelo 14-7 for the Mississippi 6A state title Friday night. It is Oak Grove's first state title.

Favre said "I can't say it's like a Super Bowl, but it's pretty close. It really is. It's a different type of feeling, but I couldn't be more proud of these guys. It's been a lot of fun."

Favre has been the offensive coordinator at Oak Grove the past two seasons. The school, which his youngest daughter attends, is close to his home in Hattiesburg.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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