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MADISON, Wis. (AP) The University of Wisconsin-Madison wants an exemption from the state's open-records law that would allow it to keep research information private until it's published or patented. The the university is circulating a two-page document among Republican lawmakers suggesting language for a standalone bill.
The university says its proposal was prompted by a change in federal patent law. Patents are now awarded on a first-to-file basis, meaning a rival could use the open-records law to gain early access to UW-Madison research and then try to file a patent first.
But the proposal doesn't sit well with Bill Lueders, who runs the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. He says current law already allows UW to deny requests if it can cite a legitimate reason.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota homeowners facing foreclosure would have additional protection under a bill Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign. The legislation requires banks and servicers to make loan modifications to everyone who's eligible. Also, loan servicers can't sell off a home until there's a clear yes or no on the loan modification.
University of Minnesota consumer law expert Prentiss Cox says a key element of the new law gives homeowners more time to modify their loan, thereby holding off a foreclosure sale. Property owners would have an additional 30 days under the state law.
Foreclosures have dropped in Minnesota in recent years, but remain high. Last year there were nearly 18,000 foreclosures, down about 16 percent from the previous year, but nearly triple the 2005 level.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Fort McCoy's campground's summer hours will take effect this weekend. Pine View Campground's summer season will start Friday and run through the Labor Day weekend, ending on Sept. 2.
The camp office will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The campground's swimming beach will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
The campground also includes playgrounds, volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoes, a nine-hole disc golf course and hiking trails. People also can check out recreational equipment, including paddle boats, canoes, pontoons, bass boats, fishing boats and camping equipment. The campground also plans to offer a number of theme weekends throughout the summer, including a mud run, a car show and haunted trails.
The fort is located in western Wisconsin between Sparta and Tomah.
For the second time in a month, there's a claim of missing evidence in a high-profile court case in La Crosse.
This time, the accusation comes in a murder case set for trial in July. Attorneys for Jeff Lepsch are seeking to have murder charges dismissed, claiming that security video from the crime scene might have been partially erased. Lepsch is accused of killing May's Photo owner Paul Petras and his teenage son A.J. during a robbery last fall. La Crosse DA Tim Gruenke disputes the defense claim of evidence being missing.
Last week, Areschial Page pled 'no contest' to armed robbery and received probation, after it was revealed that La Crosse police accidentally erased a recording of a witness in his case.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Authorities in St. Paul are working to determine how to proceed safely with the recovery effort for a child who's been missing since a rockslide killed a classmate and left two others injured. Rain-saturated soil gave way Wednesday afternoon as fourth-graders on a fossil-hunting field from a St. Louis Park elementary school walked along a path near the edge of the Mississippi River bluff in Lilydale Regional Park.
St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard says firefighters and police are working with geologists to assess conditions at the site, which is at the bottom of a 30-foot cliff. He says it's going to be a ``very, very slow operation.''
When work resumes to find the child, a special rescue team will use ropes and harnesses to get to the site.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A compromise plan to cut commercial property taxes in the state has won approval from the state legislature. The plan was approved in the state House Thursday in an 84-13 vote. It won approval in the state Senate Wednesday. It now moves to Gov. Terry Branstad, who has long sought these tax cuts.
The property tax plan will gradually reduce taxable assessments of commercial properties by 10 percent and provide property tax credits geared for smaller businesses.
The deal also limits the amount that residential property assessments can grow. It includes small income tax credits and increases the state earned income tax credit for low-income workers.
A Wisconsin teen is the winner of Doodle 4 Google's national contest with her art called ``Coming Home.''
Google says millions of votes were cast on 130,000 submissions in its annual contest to design the logo on Google's home page.
Sabrina Brady is a senior at Sparta High School. Brady says she created the art in honor of the day her Dad returned home from Iraq after 18 months of military service. It's featured on the Google homepage Thursday. It shows a girl, in black and white, moving toward a soldier with an American flag in her hand. The last letter in the Google logo is a colorful image of the girl hugging the soldier.
Brady wins a $30,000 college scholarship, a Chromebook computer and a $50,000 technology grant for her school.
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