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Hospitals Ban Smoking, Even Outside

Posted: 01/02/2007 - 2 La Crosse hospitals are taking their smoking ban outdoors. Franciscan Skemp and Gundersen Lutheran are making their entire properties smoke-free in this new year. Employees, patients and visitors will no longer be able to step outside to smoke.

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Snowy Owl Hanging Around Downtown Madison

Posted: 01/02/2007 - It's an unusual and impressive site in downtown Madison. A majestic snowy owl has been hanging around, perching on tall buildings and atop construction cranes.

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Residents Mobilize Against Jefferson County Power Line

Posted: 01/02/2007 - Residents in Jefferson County are mobilizing against a new power line that will be built along scenic roads and bike routes. The opponents have named their group Save Our Towns and Treasured Roads from Offensive Powerlines.

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Doyle Making His Way Around the State

Updated: 01/03/2007 - Governor Doyle and Lieutenant Governor Lawton make their way around the state Tuesday in pre-inaugural visits. They'll be participating in community inauguration celebrations in Milwaukee, Superior, La Crosse, Beloit, Green Bay, Eau Claire and Wausau today.

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With Strike Over, Goodyear Workers Ready to Return

Posted: 01/02/2007 - Goodyear Tire workers are returning to work today after a 3-month-long strike -- including those in Sun Prairie. But some workers say it will take time to mend the union members' relationship with management.

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Wisconsin's 709 Traffic Deaths Fewest Since 1998

Posted: 01/02/2007 - Traffic crashes in Wisconsin in 2006 killed the fewest number of people since 1998. The state Department of Transportation says 709 people died last year -- 43 fewer than 2005.

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State Must Update Old Birth, Death Records

Posted: 01/02/2007 - New federal identity theft laws means the state must computerize millions of old birth and death records. The births of people in Wisconsin from 1907 to 1947 are recorded in hand-bound documents kept at a state office buildings.

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Resolution Revolution

Updated: 01/01/2007 - Resolutions are as common a New Year's tradition as champagne at midnight. But one study says not as many people are making January 1st promises.

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Badgers Win Capital One Bowl

Updated: 01/02/2007 - John Stocco threw two first-half touchdown passes and Wisconsin held on through a tense second half to beat Arkansas 17-14 in the Capital One Bowl today.

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Pregnant Woman Killed

Updated: 01/02/2007 - Milwaukee authorities say a 31-year-old pregnant woman was killed when a semi truck backed into her.

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Homicides Down

Updated: 01/02/2007 - Homicides are down in Wisconsin's largest city. Milwaukee police say homicides decreased by 16 percent in 2006 over 2005.

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Expanding Tax Breaks

Updated: 01/01/2007 - Expanding tax breaks is a key part of the health care agenda Governor Jim Doyle will be pushing in the upcoming legislative session.

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Booster Safety Takes Priority in 2007

Updated: 01/01/2007 - Starting January 1, state law enforcement will start issuing citations for violations of Wisconsin's child booster seat law. It requires children in vehicles be properly restrained in booster seats from age four until they reach age eight.

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Droppin' of the Carp

Updated: 12/31/2006 - Some state residents will be celebrating the New Year in a very Midwestern way--by watching a 20-pound female carp being lowered from a 110-foot crane.

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Semi Rollover

Updated: 12/31/2006 - The state patrol says fog likely was a factor in a semi-roller near Poynette.

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Former Iraqi Dictator Put to Death

Updated: 12/30/2006 - According to Iraq's state-run television, Saddam Hussein has been hanged. A broadcast announcement said "Criminal Saddam was hanged to death."

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