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UW-Madison professor James F. Crow dies at 95; Green Bay Packers knocked out of playoffs 37-20; Kathleen Falk to run for governor is recall petitions certified

Wednesday, 1.11

James F. Crow, a UW-Madison professor who was a pioneer in population genetics, dies at his home in Madison at age 95. A New York Times obituary reports that his work led to the exploration of the genetic roots of disease and the human genome project. See Dave Cieslewicz's tribute.

Thursday, 1.12

Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the state Government Accountability Board, announces that his agency will spend $100,000 on new software to build a database and review recall petitions.

The state Department of Employee Trust Funds announces that a record 18,780 public workers retired in 2011. In each of the seven previous years, an average of 10,500 workers retired.

The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling releases its annual report, showing that problem gamblers have an average debt of more than $157,000 - the highest ever reported in the group's history.

Sunday, 1.15

The Green Bay Packers are knocked out of the playoffs by the New York Giants 37-20 at Lambeau Field.

Monday, 1.16

Gov. Scott Walker announces that his administration has helped lure Kestrel Aircraft Corp. to Superior, Wis., where it will build single-engine turboprop aircraft, creating up to 600 jobs by 2016. Walker's administration dangled tax credits, low-interest loans and federal assistance as carrots.

Tuesday, 1.17

In addition to recall petitions turned in for Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, citizens deliver petitions for the recall of Republican state senators Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, Pam Galloway of Wausau, Van Wanggaard of Racine and Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls.

Kraft Foods announces it will eliminate about 1,600 jobs, but only 12 at its Oscar Mayer operations in Madison.

Wednesday, 1.18

Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk announces she will run for governor if the recall petitions are certified. Others hold out hope that former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will reconsider his decision not to run. See Nayantara Mukherji's report on

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the state Department of Natural Resources has once again overruled the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission's denial of plans for Verona to expand by 268 acres.

Compiled, in part, from local media.

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