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Wisconsin roundup: Amtrak signals interest in $600M rail line between Twin Cities, Twin Ports; more state news stories

A Siemens Charger SC-44 passenger locomotive used by Amtrak Midwest. This type of locomotive could be used on the Northern Lights Express between Duluth and the Twin Cities. Amtrak/Marc Glucksman

There is an initial suggestion that rail service between the Twin Cities and the Twin Ports could return after 34 years.

Amtrak has reportedly expressed interest in spending $600 million on a route that would be called the Northern Lights Express. Passengers would be carried between Minneapolis and Duluth-Superior, with four round trips offered each day. Federal grants and local matching funds would pay for the service. One Amtrak official says it could be running in a couple of years.

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Election review turns up 2 dozen cases of suspected voter fraud

The Wisconsin Election Commission reports its review has found cases where people voted twice in the same election and where ballots were cast illegally by felons and people who aren't United States citizens.

The state commission found two dozen suspected cases of voter fraud. That's three-and-a-half times the number of cases in the previous year, but it's also a small fraction of the 2.7 million votes cast in the midterm elections last November.

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State: Get voter ID ahead of spring election

The state of Wisconsin is reminding residents to get their voter ID ahead of the spring election.

The state's Department of Transportation yesterday said anyone who needs a new driver's license or state I-D card should get one as soon as possible. Election Day is April 2.

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Work on replacement juvenile prisons to start

Gov. Tony Evers' office says work on two juvenile prisons could start soon as the existing troubled facilities in Irma are shut down.

One prison would be located in Milwaukee and the second in Outagamie County. The most serious offenders would be housed there in facilities operated by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Tuesday's announcement comes just a few weeks after the governor said he wants to delay the closing of the Lincoln Hills prisons by two years.

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Avery attorney files motion for post-conviction relief in Manitowoc County

The attorney for convicted killer Steven Avery is asking the court to throw out his conviction and order a new trial.

Avery and his nephew are in prison for the 2005 murder of freelance photographer Teresa Halbach. Attorney Kathleen Zellner says a fraud was perpetrated on the jury in Avery's trial 12 years ago. She argues that remains found at a Manitowoc County gravel pit belonged to Halbach, which would have brought the prosecution's narrative into question. The motion filed Monday also calls for Manitowoc County Circuit Court Judge Angela Sutkiewicz to recuse herself.

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Mother of missing toddler reportedly shot, killed

The mother of a little girl who's the subject of an Amber Alert was shot and killed Monday in Milwaukee.

Family members confirm Sierra Robinson was killed Monday afternoon, in a shooting that also wounded a second woman. An Amber Alert was issued Monday evening for her 2-year-old daughter Noelani Robinson. Suspect Dariaz Higgins is believed to be in a black Cadillac S-U-V possibly with Florida plates. Higgins is 34 years old and considered armed and dangerous.

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Mississippi River mayors advocate for flood prevention

Members of the Mississippi River Mayors Committee pushed for developments which would improve water quality and prevent flooding during a White House meeting.

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat was among the city officials meeting with President Trump last week. Kabat says flooding can be mitigated with the development of marshes, parks and open spaces. While in Washington, the group asked Congress to create a loan fund which could help local communities during and after severe weather incidents.