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Postal Offices Extend Hours for Holiday Mail

Posted: 12/07/2006 - Some local post offices are extending their hours to meet the high demands of holiday mail. The United States post office says it will mail an average of 150 million pieces of mail every day in December, not including packages.

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Investigators Search for Flash Point of Fatal Blast

Posted: 12/07/2006 - Milwaukee's police chief says investigators continue to look today for the flash point that caused propane vapors to explode at the Falk Corporation, killing 3 employees and injuring dozens of others.

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Ho-Chunk President Will Stay in Office

Posted: 12/07/2006 - A tribal court has reinstated the Ho-Chunk Nation's president. Judge Amanda Rockman agreed with George Lewis' argument that the grounds for removing him were false and based on inaccurate information.

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Report: State's 4-year-old Kindergarten Program Needs Work

Posted: 12/07/2006 - A new report says the state's 4-year-old kindergarten programs need to be revamped by establishing goals for learning, creating a new method of distributing funding and improving access statewide.

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Inmate to Stand Trial in Kidnapping Case

Posted: 12/07/2006 - A prison inmate charged with trying to arrange child kidnappings appeared in Dodge County Circuit Court today where he waived his preliminary hearing.

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2 Oshkosh Lourdes Students Killed in Crash

Posted: 12/07/2006 - 2 Lourdes High School students died in a highway crash near Oshkosh today. Authorities say the girls were headed to school this morning when their car collided with a semi tractor trailer at a Highway 45 intersection.

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General Motors Cutting Production in Janesville

Posted: 12/07/2006 - General Motors will cut production about 11% at its Janesville plant next month. The company is cutting production because of softer demand for the large sport utility vehicles, like the Chevy Suburban.

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3 Former Wausau Kmart Workers Contract Disease

Posted: 12/07/2006 - 3 employees of a former Kmart store in Wausau have contracted a mysterious disease. The Marathon County Health Department is alerting other former employees of the store that closed in April.

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Regents Expected to Push for UW Raises, Benefits

Posted: 12/07/2006 - A push for salary and benefits increases for UW System employees is on the regents' agenda in Madison today. The Board of Regents is expected to ask for a 5.2% raise for faculty and academic staff every year for the next 4 years.

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Vets Ask Others Not to Forget Sacrifices

Posted: 12/07/2006 - 66 military veterans who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 65 years ago today live in Wisconsin. One is 90-year-old William Hewitt who lives in Chilton. He and other aging veterans of the Japanese attack are hoping future generations will never forget the sacrifices made that day.

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Victim's Family: `It's a Big Tragedy'

Updated: 12/07/2006 - The huge explosion and fire that destroyed an industrial warehouse near downtown Milwaukee injured dozens and is a personal tragedy for families of 3 workers who died.

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Watching, Waiting and Ready

Posted: 12/06/2006 - The blast that killed three in a Milwaukee manufacturing plant is serving as a terrible reminder for Madison firefighters, that their near-constant training does serve a purpose.

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Allied Drive Community Says No To Eviction

Updated: 12/07/2006 - Residents in the Allied Drive Community want answers. A number of tenants have been handed eviction notices and have until the end of the month to find a new home now they want to know why.

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Sexual Assault Prompts Security Reminder

Updated: 12/07/2006 - Police say the suspect in a sexual assault on Madison's east side earlier this week gained entry through an unlocked door. Security experts say most criminals are opportunistic, and look for the easiest target.

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Police Identify Dead; All Workers Now Accounted For

Posted: 12/06/2006 - Police have released the names of 3 people killed in an explosion and fire today at the Falk Corporation in Milwaukee's industrial valley. Police identified the three as 38-year-old Curtis Lane of Oconomowoc, 49-year-old Thomas Letrendre of Milwaukee and 35-year-old Daniel Kuster of Mayville.

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Wisconsin May Require Background Checks on University Employees

Posted: 12/06/2006 - New UW System employees would be subject to criminal background checks under a policy designed to increase security on campuses. The plan comes in response to an audit that found 40 felons on the system payroll and campus policies varied widely on background checks.

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Missing Picture Plea

Posted: 12/06/2006 - Take a moment to think about your most-prized possession. Now, image how you would feel if it was taken away. Wednesday, NBC 15 received an e-mail from a viewer in Dodge County asking for our help. There was something different about this message. Maybe it's the time of year--or maybe it's the way it was worded. But it's a story we just had to tell.

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City Apologizes to Rape Victim

Posted: 12/06/2006 - The president of the City Council in Madison, Wisconsin, calls it "one of the most enormous, colossal failures the city has perpetrated." The city is offering $35,000 to a blind woman whose 1997 rape claims were rebuffed for years by police and city lawyers.

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Warehouse Rocked by Explosion has Rich History in Milwaukee

Posted: 12/06/2006 - The Falk Corporation has been a mainstay of the Milwaukee manufacturing community for more than a century, and it appears to have had no major safety violations in recent years leading up to today's deadly warehouse explosion.

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Texas Woman Accused of Trying to Extort Money From Bart Starr

Posted: 12/06/2006 - A Texas woman is charged with trying to extort $2 million from Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr. Authorities say the 81-year-old woman mailed a typed, computer-generated letter to the Green Bay Packers quarterback and coach this fall alleging an encounter with him in 1960.

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