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Badgers heading to Cotton Bowl

The Wisconsin Badgers are heading to the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2. ESPN announced the 8th-ranked Badgers will face off against the Western Michigan Broncos in the bowl game, which will air at 12 p.m. Jan. 2 on ESPN. The announcement comes a day after the Badgers lost to Penn State in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.

Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:31:03 GMT

First accumulating snowfall of season expected Sunday

A winter weather advisory has been issued for a portion of southern Wisconsin starting early Sunday morning, the National Weather Service said. The advisory Saturday said a trough of low pressure will bring the first accumulating snowfall of the season on Sunday. Light snow is expected for about six hours, which will cause reduced visibility and slippery conditions. The National Weather Service said the advisory is in effect Sunday at 3 a.m. through 6 p.m. Snow is expected to start after midnight near Darlington and Dodgeville, and about 5 a.m. in Madison. Snow accumulation is expected between 3 and 4 inches, NWS said. There may be slippery roadways which could cause hazardous travel. Winds will be south at 10 mph gusting to 15 mph. NWS said a winter weather advisory means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Drivers should be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility, and they should use caution while driving.

Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:00:23 GMT

PHOTOS: Southern Wisconsin's first accumulating snowfall of winter 2016

Southern Wisconsin is seeing its first major accumulating snowfall of winter 2016. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire WISC-TV viewing area until Sunday evening. Send us your snow pictures! Email us at tips@channel3000.com.

Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:11:03 GMT

It's here: Shovels come out as first snowfall sets in

We may have been fooled a bit by a pleasant November, but Sunday's snowfall reminds us that it's winter in Wisconsin. Verona resident Tiffany Reiber was one of many people shoveling snow across the Madison area. "I don't like shoveling, but it's a necessary evil," she said. "If you live in Wisconsin, you've gotta expect to shovel snow." Even though Reiber said she prepared for the snowfall, it doesn't make shoveling it any more fun. "When my driveway's clear, and I don't have ice buildup on it, that's my favorite part," Reiber said. Back indoors, hardware stores like Verona Ace Hardware are seeing people come in to buy shovels and salt. Store manager Deb Zettle said sales have been brisk. "It's been real peppy," she said. The store's shovel section was not quite picked clean- but close. "We sold quite a few shovels this morning, we're getting more in on Thursday for our next shipment," Zettle said. Zettle said it's possible this snowfall took a few customers by surprise after a nice November. "I think it hit them by surprise thinking we were gonna have a nice mild (winter), but here we are with snow," Zettle said. As for Reiber, she said winter is about getting the parts of the season that aren't so fun, like shoveling wet, heavy snow, done and over with and thinking of the positives. Because, after all, there could be more of it. "It is the worst kind, but there's not enough here to make it too bad," Reiber said. For the latest winter weather conditions, visit the News 3 Weather page.

Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:58:28 GMT

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Christmas float catches fire after 'Grinch' flicks cigarette

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. Like, really mean. A "Whoville" themed Christmas parade float went up in flames after somebody flicked a cigarette onto a flammable part of it. "It landed in the straw on our float and burned it to the ground," float owner Jeananne Jackson told CNN affiliate WHNT on Thursday. The float didn't even make it to the Huntsville, Alabama, parade. Amanda Dix and her family were driving and saw something on fire on the side of the road. "We saw Santa trying to get the trailer off the back of the truck," Dix told CNN. The float was constructed by "Lost and Found Pets" of Hunstville -- a Facebook group people can visit to be reunited with their lost pets. According to Jackson, the float cost around $1,000 and three months to construct. "We had built a full-sized Who house with lights inside and windows that you could see trees inside. We had a smoking chimney. We worked so hard," said Jackson told WHNT. Thankfully, the good people of Huntsville stopped to help them out. "It looked like there were a lot of people out there helping," Dix said. As for the human who flicked their cigarette onto Whoville - we wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine and a half foot pole!

Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:01:57 GMT

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Published: Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:00:21 GMT

Several communities under a snow emergency

MADISON A snow emergency has been declared for the city of Madison until at least 7 a.m. Tuesday. Residents are encouraged to remove vehicles from the street if possible. For those who must park on the street, follow alternate-side parking rules. JANESVILLE A snow emergency is in effect beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday. All parked vehicles must be removed from city streets and public parking lots until plowing is complete. STOUGHTON A snow emergency has been declared beginning at 12 a.m. Monday until 8 a.m. It will remain in effect for three nights unless cancelled. Parking will be even/odd.

Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:24:09 GMT

Searching for the perfect Christmas tree

Theresa Collins and Isaac Lemke are getting ready for the holidays in their first year living together. They're on the hunt for a perfect Christmas tree, and they knew right away it had to be a real one. "I used to buy scent sticks to put on the tree," Collins said, "and I wanted one that actually smelled real because it was real." So they headed to Tree City on Madison's west side to find the perfect pine. The Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Associations said more than 650,000 trees were sold in the state in 2014, the last year that data was available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Tree City's owner, Wade Comstock, said sales have remained consistent, but the tree quality has increased thanks to a wet growing season this year. "They seem to look a lot better than past years. People seem to be happy," Comstock said. Tree City has been selling trees since the late 1970s, helping families take home a holiday tradition. Before Collins and Lemke unwrap presents on Dec. 25, they have a little more work to do. "We just have to get ornaments now. Our tree is going to be barren for a couple days," Lemke said. And the couple are looking forward to starting some holiday traditions of their own. "Instead of going to Mom and Dad's, we'll just go to our house," Lemke said.

Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:42:18 GMT

It's here: Shovels come out as first snowfall sets in

We may have been fooled a bit by a pleasant November, but Sunday's snowfall reminds us that it's winter in Wisconsin. Verona resident Tiffany Reiber was one of many people shoveling snow across the Madison area. "I don't like shoveling, but it's a necessary evil," she said. "If you live in Wisconsin, you've gotta expect to shovel snow." Even though Reiber said she prepared for the snowfall, it doesn't make shoveling it any more fun. "When my driveway's clear, and I don't have ice buildup on it, that's my favorite part," Reiber said. Back indoors, hardware stores like Verona Ace Hardware are seeing people come in to buy shovels and salt. Store manager Deb Zettle said sales have been brisk. "It's been real peppy," she said. The store's shovel section was not quite picked clean- but close. "We sold quite a few shovels this morning, we're getting more in on Thursday for our next shipment," Zettle said. Zettle said it's possible this snowfall took a few customers by surprise after a nice November. "I think it hit them by surprise thinking we were gonna have a nice mild (winter), but here we are with snow," Zettle said. As for Reiber, she said winter is about getting the parts of the season that aren't so fun, like shoveling wet, heavy snow, done and over with and thinking of the positives. Because, after all, there could be more of it. "It is the worst kind, but there's not enough here to make it too bad," Reiber said. For the latest winter weather conditions, visit the News 3 Weather page.

Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:58:28 GMT

Dairy industry struggles as milk alternatives on the rise

Dairy farmers continue to struggle with declining business as the popularity of milk alternatives is continuing to rise. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that alternatives to dairy milk, which include almond milk, soy milk and rice milk, are becoming more popular for various reasons. Madison's Willy Street Co-op grocery category manager Dean Kallas attributes the growing popularity to dairy allergies, vegetarians, vegans and people who generally don't want to drink dairy. Jordan Rost with the global marketing research firm Nielsen says dairy milk sales still dominate the milk market but that almond milk has an 8 percent growth rate. Another market research firm, BCC Research, says global market milk alternatives in 2014 reached $5.8 billion. Deerfield dairy farmer Tina Hinchley says the competition isn't helping an already-suffering industry.

Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:56:36 GMT

Madison, Dane County to help fund court diversion program

Dane County and the city of Madison have dedicated portions of their 2017 budgets to a municipal court diversion program for youth that will lose $150,000 in grant funding next year. The Capital Times reports the initiative, which is in its second year, allows 12- to 16-year-old youth to complete requirements such as written assignments, restitution or community service to prevent an arrest from appearing on their records. To partially make up for the program's decreased funding, the city of Madison will contribute $122,500 and Dane County will contribute $22,500. Madison Police Department data from 2014 show more than 860 municipal citations were issued to 12- to 16-year-old youth in the city, making up 25 percent of all juvenile arrests in the county.

Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:52:01 GMT

7-year-old boy was starved, burned with cigarettes before dying, report says

Two women are charged in the death of a 7-year-old boy who was starved, burned with cigarettes, beaten and whipped. Court records show Trevion Winningham weighed 44 pounds and was injured from head to toe when he died Tuesday. On Saturday, 44-year-old Etter Hughes and 47-year-old Mary Martinez were charged with child neglect resulting in death and other counts. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Trevion's 9-year-old brother told police Martinez routinely beat them. He's hospitalized with injuries. Court records don't list an attorney for either woman. Police say Hughes agreed to take Trevion and his brother from their mother in August. They moved in with Martinez, where the boys were subjected to torture and starvation. Hughes has a prior neglect conviction after a baby was tortured in her home and died.

Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:41:59 GMT

No day off for election workers as recount continues into Saturday

MADISON, Wis. -- Dane County election workers continued to recount ballots Saturday as the statewide presidential recount continues into day three. Saturday's recount began at 8:30 a.m. and lasted until 2 p.m. Officials have until Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. to submit recounted vote totals to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. "We all knew the time frame that this was going to happen, (but) I didn't necessarily know that I would be called in at 8:30 on a Saturday morning," Cheryl Kendrick, an elections supervisor in the town of Cross Plains, said. "Luckily it was 8:30 to 2 so it doesn't interfere with the day too much, so I do not mind." Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said while the hours were less-than-ideal, workers were excited to come in and participate in the process. "We've had a lot  of poll workers show up this morning, a little bit more than even we need, so the enthusiasm, the interest is really high," McDonell said. Kendrick said she was proud to do her "civic duty" to help count ballots. "Knowing that you're part of it, that you're contributing that you're part of the process, that kind of keeps me going," Kendrick said. McDonell said experienced poll workers have been coming in wanting to prove to voters that the election process has been transparent and fair. He said officials in Dane County, like in other parts of the state, have seen no significant changes to vote totals as they go through the ballots. "Frankly, they're kind of offended by the accusations that they allow illegal people to vote or there's something wrong with how the system is set up," McDonell said. "They're here to prove that it works well." Kendrick said she sees the recount as a teachable moment. "I think it's an educational opportunity for people to kind of understand...when a typical voter goes in, they just see their one part as they walk through the line and they place their vote," Kendrick said. "They don't necessarily see the beginning, the end and the middle." Kendrick said after the early morning ballot counting, she planned on getting some rest. "I'm probably going to go home and take a nap," she said.

Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:46:21 GMT

35-year-old faces multiple charges connected to standoff

A 35-year-old man is facing multiple charges after a standoff on Madison's north side Friday night, police said. Antonio A. Rollins, who police had described as an armed fugitive, surrendered to police around 9:50 p.m. Police said Saturday that Rollins is facing charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen firearm, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, eluding and substantial battery. A woman and two children under 5 years old, who were in the residence at the time of the incident, were not injured, police said. Police Chief Mike Koval told News 3 Rollins barricaded himself inside a residence on the 3600 block of Kipling Drive around 2:30 p.m. At the time, Koval said the incident "may be construed as a hostage situation." A reverse 911 call was sent out to neighbors telling them to stay sheltered until the incident was resolved, the release said. Police had several streets in the area closed due to the incident.

Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:09:51 GMT

Hotel robber pistol-whips employee, sheriff says

A Dane County hotel employee was pistol-whipped during a robbery Friday night, the sheriff's office said. The Dane County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded at 11: 30 p.m. to a report of an armed robbery at the Magnusson Grand Hotel at 3510 Millpond Road in the town of Blooming Grove.   According to the report, a man entered the hotel, went behind the counter and emptied the cash drawer. When confronted by employees, the robber produced a handgun and struck one of the employees in the face with it. The robber left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The robber had his face covered. Anyone with information is asked to call the Dane County Sheriff’s tip line at 608-284-6900.

Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:13:03 GMT

Hayes scores 28 as No. 17 Wisconsin blows by Oklahoma

Nigel Hayes scored 28 points as No. 17 Wisconsin shook off a slow start to beat Oklahoma 90-70 on Saturday. The Badgers (7-2) trailed Oklahoma (5-2) the entire first half, but once they found their touch from outside the 3-point line, they put the game away. After hitting just 4 of 13 3-point attempts in the first half, the Badgers connected on 8 of 14 in the second. That included three in their decisive run. Rashard Odomes put Oklahoma up 58-57 on a 12-footer before Bronson Koenig answered with a 3 that started a 20-3 run. Koenig, Ethan Happ and D'Mitrik Trice all scored 16 points. Odomes led Oklahoma with 17 points.

Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:57:12 GMT

Madison musician safe after deadly California warehouse fire, friend says

A friend said a Madison musician who was performing in California Friday night is safe after a deadly fire that killed at least nine people and left two dozen missing Saturday. Scott Gordon, of Madison, said Saturday that his friend Joel Shanahan, who performs as Golden Donna, was safe. Gordon said he helps Shanahan maintain his social media. Gordon said Shanahan was performing at the electronic-music event in Oakland in the building at 1305 31st Avenue Friday night, according to a Facebook event page. Oakland fire officials said dozens of people were inside the building when a fire broke out. Gordon said Saturday that Shanahan is "heartbroken" and has friends who are still unaccounted for after the fire. The sheriff told the Associated Press that officials Saturday are prepared to deal with up to 40 deaths in the Oakland nightclub fire.

Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:10:59 GMT

26-year-old unloading ATV killed when 4-wheeler flips

A Richland County man died unloading an ATV Thursday afternoon, officials said. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said its communications center received a report of an ATV rollover at 12:55 p.m. on Jungle Bar Lane in the town of Westford. According to the report, Timothy J. Donovan, 26, of Cazenovia, was attempting to unload a Foreman four wheeler from a trailer in the driveway in the 13000 block of Jungle Bar Lane. As Donovan backed the unit off the trailer, the ATV rolled backward down the driveway and flipped end-over-end with Donovan on the machine. The ATV landed on its wheels and continued across the roadway, coming to rest against a fence post, the sheriff's office said. Witnesses called 911 and began CPR on Donovan, but he was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroners office, officials said. He was not wearing a helmet.

Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:48:56 GMT

Burglar steals beef jerky, Packers merchandise from Dodge County gas station

A burglar stole beef jerky and NFL merchandise from a Dodge County gas station early Saturday, officials said. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded at 12:48 a.m. to a breaking-and-entering complaint at the Shell gas station at 400 East Avenue in Lomira.  An employee reported that the alarm was sounding, according to the report. The caller said another employee recently closed up for the night and returned to find the front glass doors shattered. That employee backed away and called 911. Deputies found that forced entry was made by breaking two sets of glass doors in the front of the store. Cigarettes, beef jerky and Green Bay Packers clothing was taken, the sheriff's office said. The burglars were gone before deputies arrived. The Dodge County Detective Division is investigating. The sheriff's office asked citizens to call the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office to report any information or tips in the case.

Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:53:11 GMT