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State DHS secretary defends SeniorCare cuts

| March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades says no one will get kicked off the state’s popular prescription drug program SeniorCare under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget. Walker’s proposal requires that SeniorCare enrollees first sign up for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program and use state benefits under SeniorCare as […]

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Ashley Furniture drops pursuit of $6 million tax credit

Ashley Furniture drops pursuit of $6 million tax credit

| March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A furniture company has decided against pursuing a $6 million tax credit from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The job-creation agency’s board approved the tax break last year with terms that would have allowed Arcadia-based Ashley Furniture to cut its Wisconsin workforce in half. The company would have donated the money […]

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SeniorCare cut to be discussed by budget panel

SeniorCare cut to be discussed by budget panel

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Legislature’s budget committee plans to examine Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to cut funding for the popular SeniorCare prescription drug program. The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to hold a briefing Tuesday on the Department of Health Services budget. The panel is in the middle of three days of state agency […]

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Crash kills 1 in NE Wisconsin as winter storm moves through

Crash kills 1 in NE Wisconsin as winter storm moves through

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) – One person has died in a crash on Highway 41 in Brown County of northeastern Wisconsin as a winter storm brings snow and high winds to the state. It happened about 9 a.m. in the Town of Lawrence, southwest of De Pere. At least four school buses got stuck in traffic behind […]

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Public school funding on agenda for budget panel

Public school funding on agenda for budget panel

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal for funding public schools and doing away with a cap on enrollment for the statewide private school voucher program are on the agenda for the Legislature’s budget committee. The Joint Finance Committee is in the second of three days of briefings Tuesday in which state agency heads […]

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Feingold plans to travel Wisconsin ‘extensively’

Feingold plans to travel Wisconsin ‘extensively’

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democrat Russ Feingold says he plans to travel Wisconsin “extensively” after leaving his post at the State Department, but he’s not saying yet whether he will try to return to the U.S. Senate. Feingold said in a Facebook post Tuesday that he wants to listen to Wisconsinites about their concerns as […]

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DNR secretary considering selling park naming rights

DNR secretary considering selling park naming rights

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretary says she’s considering selling naming rights to state parks over the next two years. Cathy Stepp told the Legislature’s budget committee during a hearing Tuesday that she’s looking for ways to boost financial support for the parks. Gov. Scott Walker’s budget calls for cutting […]

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Attorney general wants positions for officer-involved deaths

Attorney general wants positions for officer-involved deaths

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel wants the Legislature’s budget committee to give the state Justice Department more positions in the state budget to deal with officer-involved death investigations. Lawmakers signed a bill last year that requires outside agencies to lead investigations of officer-involved deaths. Schimel told the Joint Finance Committee on […]

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Legislative committee to vote on 70 mph speed limit

Legislative committee to vote on 70 mph speed limit

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Jackie Johnson-Wisconsin Radio Network A bill to increase the speed limit is expected to advance through an Assembly committee Tuesday. Under the proposal (AB-27), Department of Transportation traffic safety engineers would decide whether to increase speed limit on state highways to 70 miles an hour. The DOT would determine whether commercial vehicles should be […]

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98 private schools apply for Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

98 private schools apply for Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Andrew Beckett-Wisconsin Radio Network The number of schools interested in taking part in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program took a big jump this year. The state Department of Public Instruction says 98 private and religious schools have applied to accept voucher students next fall. Of those, 31 are seeking to continue their registration from […]

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