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Wisconsin roundup: Study seeks to learn where Wisconsin’s would-be teachers have gone; more state news stories

The University of Wisconsin System is conducting a study of teacher education enrollments and incentives.

Students taking teacher education classes are off by about 35 percent nationwide. The drop is even steeper in Wisconsin. The system has formed a task force to study the problem. It should produce a list of recommendations by early May.

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State manufacturers, commerce group opposes closing dark store loophole

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce is expressing opposition to Gov. Tony Evers' proposal to close the state's so-called "dark store" loophole.

WMC claims there is no loophole to close and "the myth was created by taxpayer-funded lobbyists in an attempt to increase taxes on local businesses." Spokesman Scott Manley says the governor's plan would do nothing other than make it more expensive to do business in Wisconsin by unfairly targeting small businesses, local retailers and hometown manufacturers. Evers and Democrats say the loophole allows big box retailers to base their tax assessments on the value of vacant stores, which reduces their property taxes.

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Wis. woman cited for OWI twice in one night

A Reedsburg woman was cited two times in about four hours one night last week for operating while intoxicated.

Twenty-seven-year-old Myranda Batzler's first arrest came shortly before 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, when an officer spotted her driving left of center in Reedsburg. She was processed and released to a sober driver about two hours later. Then, another officer saw Batzler driving the wrong way on a one-way street at about midnight. She was arrested for a second time and charged with OWI, again.

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Garbage pile growing on ice covering Lake Winnebago

While the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants people to enjoy the state's natural resources, including the ice in winter time, maybe they shouldn't make it into a garbage dump.

A posting on Facebook shows a mound of garbage on the ice covering Lake Winnebago, located about three miles from Oshkosh. The DNR says it is aware of several instances of littering on the big lake. Leaving litter on any Wisconsin lake is illegal.

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Former volunteer Girl Scout leader pleads not guilty to sexual assaults

A former volunteer Girl Scout leader has had his sexual assault case bound over for trial in Dane County Circuit Court.

Forty-nine-year-old Steven C. Faust had a plea of not guilty entered on his behalf Monday. The girl he's accused of sexually assaulting multiple times over a five-year period says she now fears for her safety every time she sees him. Sun Prairie police say Faust had been using social media to communicate with several under-age girls.

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I-94 shutdown meant rush of business for Osseo-area motels

When a crash involving 40 vehicles stopped traffic on Interstate 94 for six hours, many people had to find a place to spend the night.

The manager of a nearby motel in Osseo says her 53 rooms were full Sunday night, with people stranded by the pileup taking the last 20. The manager of Osseo's Super 8 says she gave customers a discount due to the situation. She says she had to turn down five-to-eight customers because all her rooms were taken.

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Weather hampers search for missing Neenah man

Winter conditions are hampering the search for a Neenah man missing in Door County.

Police have not released the man's name, but say his wife reported him missing around 9:15 p.m. Sunday. About a half hour later police found his vehicle in the parking lot of Cave Point County Park in Door County. The man's wife told authorities he was near Lake Michigan taking photos at the park earlier in the day.

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Big rig driver ticketed after T-boning Wis. police car

Slick, snow-covered roads may have been a factor, but the driver of an 18-wheeler has been ticketed after running a red light and t-boning a police squad car in Ashwaubenon.

The officer wasn't injured but was trapped in the vehicle for a short time. Police went on Facebook to remind drivers about safe speeds on slick roads. The accident left the busy intersection closed to traffic for about two-and-a-half hours Monday morning.