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MADISON, Wis (WSAU)  - The Wisconsin State Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the state law that limits the collective bargaining rights of state employees. The law from three years ago sparked protests at the state capital and led to the recall attempt against Governor Scott Walker. The court's ruling in favor of Act 10 was 5-2. Justice Michael Gableman wrote the lead opinion, which was also signed by Justices David Prosser, Pat Roggensack and Annette Ziegler. Justice Patrick Crooks concurre...

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State health officials warn about rabid bats


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A bat in northwest Wisconsin was recently diagnosed as being rabid – and that has state health officials warning folks about possible exposure to rabies.

State veterinarian Jim Kazmierczak says it’s not common to find a rabid bat this time of year. But a few have been spotted in previous Januaries.

29 rabid bats were confirmed in Wisconsin last year. Officials say the bats can transmit rabies if they have physical contact with someone.

Most bats are considered to be inactive during the winter – but some find shelters indoors, where they can touch people and pets.

A week-and-a-half ago, a Marquette University men’s basketball game was interrupted when a bat swooped down to the floor in Milwaukee – and players had to duck to get out of the way. The bat hid after that, but was found and released a couple days later.