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2014-09-10

WISPIRG slams wasteful transportation spending

Unnecessarily expanding Wisconsin highways would waste billions of dollars that could better be spent on road repairs, according to a new report. Wisconsin’s transportation priorities are backward, says Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) Director Bruce Speight, noting there’s a…

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Kind hopes Congress can finish up business

Congress is back in Washington, and one member of Wisconsin’s delegation hopes federal lawmakers can wrap up a lot of unfinished business in a short period of time. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says there’s plenty of work to do in…

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Concerns on potential for Ebola in U.S.

Where will Ebola fly to? It could be the U.S. Dr. Nasia Safdar, Director of Infection Control at UW Hospital, said that much depends on efforts to contain this worst-ever outbreak in West Africa. “I do think that eventually it…

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Walker and Burke weigh in on budget shortfall

Republican Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke weighed in Tuesday, on a projected state budget shortfall. “We’re in this situation because Governor Walker spent money we didn’t have,” Burke said during a media conference call. “It was…

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New providers seek to offer insurance exchange coverage in Wisconsin

Officials with the state Office of the Commissioner of Insurance say two new companies have applied to sell coverage to Wisconsin residents through the federal government’s health purchasing exchanges. If approved, it would bring the total number of companies offering…

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2014-09-09

Former “Miracle on Ice” star, Bob Suter passed away at age 57

Former UW defenseman and Miracle on Ice star Bob Suter died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack.  He was 57. “We are all stunned,” UW women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson, who played with Suter on UW’s 1977 NCAA championship team…

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Wisconsin asks U.S. Supreme Court to take up gay marriage case

Wisconsin’s attorney general is asking the US Supreme Court to weigh in on a legal battle over Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed a petition Tuesday with the nation’s highest court, asking the court to reverse…

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Rare respiratory illness has health officials on guard

The spread of a rare respiratory illness has health officials in Wisconsin keeping a close eye out for it. Epidemiologist Tom Haupt is with the state division of public health. He says EVD 68 is relatively uncommon, but it’s the…

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Unplanned landing at Wausau airport ends safely

There was an unplanned landing at Wausau’s downtown airport Monday. A single-engine plane landed safely at Wausau Downtown Airport yesterday after making an emergency landing. According to airport officials, the pilot reported smoke coming from his cockpit to air traffic…

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Frac sand mine to pay major environmental fine

A Trempealeau County frac-sand mine will be paying a major fine to the state for environmental violations. The Department of Justice says Arcadia Sand LLC violated their storm water pollution permit in May of 2013 when the berm at their…

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Pot hidden inside book confiscated by jail staff

Books, marijuana, and jail do not mix in Racine County. Two Racine men in their 20s, already behind bars, are now facing pot possession charges reference cigarettes that showed up in a book during a lockdown search — the smell…

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Controversy over change in Wisconsin deer hunting laws

When the archery deer season opens in the state this Saturday all hunters will be able to use a crossbow, under a new law that some “traditional” bow-and-arrow hunters don’t like. Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Executive Director George Meyer thinks it’s…

posted 2014/09/09 by Wisconsin Radio Network» News

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