- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Wisconsin officials lift avian flu quarantine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Agriculture officials have lifted a quarantine zone around a Chippewa County farm where thousands of turkeys were infected with bird flu.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirmed last month that 87,000 turkeys on the farm had been infected. The farm was immediately quarantined and the turkeys euthanized. DATCP also established a quarantine zone within a 6.2 mile-radius of the farm. The designation prohibits moving poultry outside the farm or the zone without DATCP approval.

Agency officials announced Tuesday that there’s been no new cases detected in the county and the zone has been lifted. The farm itself remains under quarantine. A ban on moving poultry to shows, exhibitions and swap meets in Chippewa and other counties with infected properties remains in effect until Sunday.

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1 of 2 girls charged in Slender Man case called model inmate

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - Lawyers for one of two Wisconsin girls charged in adult court with trying to kill a friend to please a fictional horror character are presenting testimony to try to show that her case belongs in juvenile court.

The 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old friend are accused of stabbing Payton Leutner last May in a Waukesha park to please Slender Man, a character they believed could kill them or their families. The 12-year-old victim survived 19 stab wounds.

Nicole Sakac, manager of the juvenile detention center where the girls are being held, testified Tuesday the 13-year-old has been a model resident.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1RlXXQDhttps://bit.ly/1RlXXQD ) Sakac testified that the 13-year-old, unlike the 12-year-old who’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia, shows no continuing belief in Slender Man or other fictional characters.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.comhttps://www.jsonline.com

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Wisconsin lawmakers introduce blaze pink bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin lawmakers have formally introduced a bill that would legalize blaze pink for hunters.

Democratic state Rep. Nick Milroy and Republican Reps. Joel Kleefisch and David Steffen unveiled the bill during a news conference Tuesday. All three lawmakers wore fluorescent pink T-shirts emblazoned with the message “Hunt Pink.”

They said the bill is designed to attract more women to hunting and hope it will encourage apparel manufacturers to partner with nonprofit groups working to get more people, men and women, interested in hunting.

University of Wisconsin-Madison textiles expert Majid Sarmadi told reporters that blaze pink is just as visible in the woods as traditional blaze orange.

Milroy, Kleefisch and Steffan said they plan to spend the next two weeks soliciting co-sponsors for the measure.

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Lawmaker says school sports proposal benefits home-schoolers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state lawmaker who authored a measure that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities says he drafted the proposal to give children more options.

Rep. Bob Kulp, a Stratford Republican, said Tuesday that his children and other home-schooled children in the state wanted to play on public school sports teams. Kulp says state residents pay taxes that benefit public schools and students in other schools should benefit from their athletic programs and activities.

Opponents say the measure inserted into the state budget would create additional regulation for home-schooled students and would drain dollars from public school districts.

The budget is subject to approval in both the Senate and Assembly, then moves to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

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