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Sodexo notifies state about nearly 300 layoffs

Sodexo notifies state about nearly 300 layoffs

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – A company that provides dining services at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has informed the state it will lay off nearly 300 employees in June. That’s when Sodexo’s contract with the university ends. The school will return to its previous food service, Chartwells. A university spokesman, Larry Ringgenberg, says Sodexo […]

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Assembly to vote on approving 2 union contracts

Assembly to vote on approving 2 union contracts

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Public workers covered under a two unions would get a 1 percent raise under a pair of collective bargaining agreements scheduled for approval in the state Assembly. The contracts up for approval Tuesday were negotiated by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration and unions covering members of the Wisconsin State Attorneys Association and […]

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Wisconsin lawmakers set to take up ban on microbeads

Wisconsin lawmakers set to take up ban on microbeads

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would ban microbeads, the plastic exfoliant in soap, toothpaste and other personal care products. The state Assembly is scheduled to take up the bill on Tuesday. The Senate passed the measure last month. Assembly approval would send the bill on to Gov. […]

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Lawmakers to debate regulating ride-hailing services

Lawmakers to debate regulating ride-hailing services

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin lawmakers are scheduled to debate a bill that would regulate ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. The Assembly is expected to take up the measure Tuesday. An Assembly committee passed the bill last week on an 11-2 vote. Regulating companies like Uber and Lyft, which connect pedestrians with private […]

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Wisconsin lawmakers to debate online driving courses

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Students at private driving schools would be able to learn the rules of the road online rather than in the classroom under a bill moving through the Wisconsin Legislature. The state Assembly is set to take up the measure Tuesday afternoon. The bill passed an Assembly committee unanimously last week. Current […]

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Assembly to consider penalties for false military service

Assembly to consider penalties for false military service

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Assembly is poised to take up a bill that would make lying about serving in the military a crime. The Republican-authored bill would make falsely claiming military service or an award related to military service a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. […]

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Wisconsin woman, 103, finally receives high school diploma

Wisconsin woman, 103, finally receives high school diploma

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

SPRING GREEN, Wis. (AP) – A 103-year-old southern Wisconsin woman finally has received her high school diploma about 90 years after she was forced to discontinue her education. A special graduation ceremony was held at an assisted living facility Friday for lifelong Spring Green resident Marie Hunt. Her family members and friends worked with the […]

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Authorities investigating body found in Madison lake

Authorities investigating body found in Madison lake

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Authorities are investigating after a dead man was discovered in a lake on the north side of Madison over the weekend. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office says a canoeist found the body near Governor’s Island on Lake Mendota around 4 p.m. Saturday. Investigators have launched a homicide probe and have called […]

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Wisconsin lawmaker seeks to legalize marijuana

Wisconsin lawmaker seeks to legalize marijuana

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin lawmaker says the state should legalize marijuana to reduce crime and improve the state’s economy. Rep. Melissa Sargent, a Madison Democrat, introduced a bill Monday that would legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes. In a news conference Monday Sargent said that legalizing the drug would reduce crime associated […]

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First votes on Walker budget coming this week

First votes on Walker budget coming this week

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The first votes on Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year state budget will come this week, but the most difficult decisions likely won’t be made until next month. Lawmakers hope that new tax collection forecasts next month will be positive. If the forecasts are up, then more money can be spent to lessen […]

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