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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Leaders of a new bipartisan task force tackling ways to improve Wisconsin's much-maligned school funding formula are realistic about chances any changes will be made. The panel that met for the first time Thursday is the latest in a long line of groups that have studied ways to improve the formula. Sen. Luther Olsen is co-chair of the panel and says he doesn't want this latest study to "gather dust."

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - Appleton police say they're arrested a man for his 12th drunken driving offense. The 53-year-old Green Bay man was booked into the Outagamie County Jail early Thursday. Police say an officer spotted the man driving without his vehicle headlights on and pulled him over. The man pleaded no contest to his 11th drunken driving offense in 2012 and was sentenced to 4½ years in prison.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Two Wisconsin communities have been awarded federal funding to improve responses to sexual assault and domestic violence crimes. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the city of Superior and Sauk County received about $450,000 each from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women. The grants will last for the next three years.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - Jurors in La Crosse County are deciding the fate of a man accused of fatally beating his wife and trying to conceal her death by staging a car accident. Todd Kendhammer's attorney, Stephen Hurley, told jurors the evidence does not support the prosecution's contention that his client caused fatal injuries to his wife, Barbara.

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