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2015-05-20

Wisconsin school chief blasts Republican education budget

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers is raising concerns about the education budget adopted by the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. In a statement, Evers says he is troubled Republicans spent their time and effort designing a plan that “erodes…

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Chief justice fight strains Supreme Court relations

The head of the state Supreme Court says she has not spoken with her predecessor since assuming the position just a little over two weeks ago. In an interview with WisconsinEye, Chief Justice Pat Roggensack said she has doubts a…

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Governor signs bill raising Wisconsin speed limit

Wisconsin drivers will soon be able to drive 70 miles an hour on many highways across the state. Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday signed legislation clearing the way for the Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit on many…

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Nitschke gets new charges for cooking new batch of meth

A Rhinelander man with a famous last name has more charges added to his court file after he allegedly violated the terms of his bond. Richard Nitschke, 49, had a bond hearing Monday for making and distributing methamphetamine during April.…

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Tomah 30 day reform plan ‘good start’

The recently announced 30-day plan to reform procedures at the Tomah VA Medical Center is getting some criticism and some praise from Washington lawmakers. Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) likes what he sees in the plan, saying it’s a very…

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Champion to head Wisconsin DOJ crime labs

Attorney General Brad Schimel has announced that former deputy director Jana Champion will serve as director of the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory. The 28 year Wisconsin Department of Justice veteran’s promotion puts her charge of day-to-day operations at the three…

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Civics test requirement added to state budget

It appears more likely Wisconsin high school students will have to pass the civics part of the U.S. citizenship test before they can graduate. The Joint Finance Committee put the requirement into the state budget. Freshman Assembly Republican James Edming…

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Wisconsin budget panel approves K-12 education package

Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools would see about $200 million more in state funding and the private school voucher program would be broadly expanded, under a sweeping package of changes approved by the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. The 29-page proposal, released…

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Wisconsin Democrats propose “Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act”

Democrats in the Wisconsin legislature are proposing the measure to allow student loans to be refinanced, much like car loans and mortgages. Representative Cory Mason (D-Racine) is the bill’s author, along with Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay). “For some strange…

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Advocates push to ‘Save IRIS’ in Wisconsin

IRIS is a long-term care program that provides daily support to the elderly and people with disabilities, but its future is uncertain. Julie Burish of Brookfield is a member of the grassroots coalition Save IRIS. She says participants in the…

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State lifts bird flu quarantine in Juneau County

State agriculture officials have lifted a bird flu quarantine in Juneau County, which was put in place after the virus was found in a backyard flock. The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection says no new cases of the…

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Wisconsin budget panel approves drug testing requirement

A controversial drug testing proposal will remain in the state budget. The legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday approved requiring those receiving public benefits to submit to drug testing. Those who fail would get taxpayer funded treatment, which Joint Finance…

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