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State Supreme Court Hears Factory-Farm Case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in a case that could determine whether a municipality can hold farms to stricter water-quality standards than the state requires.

The case is the first to test a state law governing the expansion of livestock farm operations. It pits a Rock County farm against the Town of Magnolia. The town blames its water-pollution problems on manure generated by the farm's 2,900 cows.

When the town granted a permit to Larson Acres Inc., it also imposed additional conditions. The farm owners contend the town didn't have the authority to impose conditions above what state law mandates.

The Town of Magnolia said its only concern has always been manure runoff affecting local water quality and drinking water. The town argued that a local municipality can hold farms to stricter water-quality standards than the state requires.

Janesville Celebrates Labor While Lamenting Unemployment

Janesville residents celebrated the working class on Monday, the third Labor Day since the recession officially ended, but said the number of people without jobs remains too high.

Thousands turned out for the city's annual Labor Fest Parade through downtown. The crowd included union workers, unemployed people and a Wisconsin congressman who's one of the leading opponents of President Barack Obama's job creation plan.

The president, scheduled to speak Thursday night to unveil his plan to improve the 9.1 percent U.S. unemployment rate, should focus on curbing spending and encouraging small businesses to hire new workers, said U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

"I hope we don't hear the same thing, which is borrow, spend and tax more money," Ryan said of Obama's speech. "I hope he turns over a new leaf. The economic plan for the administration is not working, as evidenced by the fact we have such high unemployment."

Rock County Increasing Patrols For Weekend

Law enforcement agencies are ramping up patrols this Labor Day weekend to crack down on drunken drivers and speeders.

Rock County sheriff's deputies said they are looking for any drivers that seem impaired or reckless.

The extra patrols are available due to a state grant.

Rock County officials said this helps them fulfill their mission of protecting their citizens.

"But we're utilizing funds from the state that is coming in here to help us in order to make this mission successful as well as not keeping the citizens beholden in Rock County to pay for that extra coverage," said Capt. Jude Maurer of the Rock County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's officials said there will be double the number of usual patrols out for the entire Labor Day weekend.

Authorities Recover Body From Rock River

Rock County authorities have recovered a man's body from the Rock River, about 45 minutes after he was last seen.

The victim was identified Saturday as 45-year-old Keith H. Pierce of Edgerton.

The sheriff's office said emergency responders were sent to the river Friday about 7 p.m. on a report of a missing adult.

The responders were told Pierce hadn't been seen for about 45 minutes and might have been in the water.

Divers searched the area, eventually finding his body in the area where he was last seen. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities Search For Paraplegic Who Fell In Rock River

Authorities are searching the Rock River on Friday night after a disabled man apparently went underwater and didn't resurface.

Officers were called at about 7 p.m. on a report of man who went underwater near Highway H and Gibbs Lake Road. Deputies from the Rock County Sheriff's Office, the Janesville Police Dive Team and crews from Edgerton were searching the water for the man.

The officer in charge described the man as a paraplegic, according to a Rock County emergency dispatcher.

Stay tuned to WISC-TV and Channel 3000 for continuing coverage.

Janesville Teacher Receives Grant For Physical Education Program

A Janesville teacher is being recognized for his innovative physical education program.

Eric Gunderson, a teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Janesville, was selected out of 1,400 applicants to receive $2,000 grant from ING. He also received the title of Unsung Hero.

The vertical climbing wall in the school's gym is just one of the tools the 11-year teaching veteran is using to take physical education to new heights.

"One of my goals being an educator here in Janesville is to turn them on to being active at a young age and hopefully they'll have a chance at being active when they are older," Gunderson said.

For 15 years, ING has been recognizing local educators. Gunderson's grant will go toward his Funderson program, which he started three years ago.

"As a parent at Roosevelt I noticed, even from kindergarten, there's quite a bit more academic pressure than when I was in kindergarten. It seemed like it needed some counter balancing with some fun," said parent David Ryan.

Edgerton Hospital Prepares New Facility For October Opening

Edgerton Hospital Prepares New Facility For October Opening

Edgerton Hospital and Health Services officially took ownership of the building at Highway 59 and Sherman Road on Thursday. The facility that will house the new Edgerton Hospital beginning Oct. 1.

Hospital and clinical operations will continue as normal at the current Edgerton Hospital location at 313 Stoughton Road until the new facility opens.

The new Edgerton Hospital and Health Services will offer inpatient and outpatient care, 24-hour-a-day emergency and urgent care services, physical, occupational and speech therapy, cardiac services, acute care, swing bed care, surgery, wound care and more. 

A Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Prior to the open house, the city's rich history will be honored with a Veteran’s Victory Fun Run/Walk from the old hospital to the new.