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Republican says he doesn’t support school sanctions

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Republican state senator says he does not believe the state can force failing public schools to be converted into independent charter schools. Sen. Paul Farrow made his comments Tuesday while testifying in support of a measure he introduced that does not include sanctions. Assembly Republicans are backing a different approach […]

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UW System critic blasts governor’s autonomy plan

UW System critic blasts governor’s autonomy plan

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – One of the University of Wisconsin System’s toughest critics in the Legislature is blasting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal give the system more autonomy. A spokesman for Sen. Stephen Nass, a Whitewater Republican who serves as vice chairman of the Senate’s universities committee, said Tuesday that Nass fears the plan would allow […]

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Veterans Affairs Secretary orders Tomah investigation

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Andrew Beckett-Wisconsin Radio Network The head of the U.S. Department Veterans Affairs has ordered a full review of opiate pain medication practices at the VA Medical Center in Tomah, following reports that patients were over-prescribed the drugs and employees who tried to report the practice faced retaliation from administrators. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert […]

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Wolf on dog attacks increase

Wolf on dog attacks increase

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

TOWN OF BREED, Wis. (AP) – Wildlife experts say wolves have killed or seriously injured six dogs in Wisconsin this month. That’s double the highest number for January in recent years. Two dogs have been killed in Oconto County. Department of Natural Resources wildlife supervisor Jeff Pritzl says the spike in incidents doesn’t necessarily reflect […]

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Illinois woman steers bus to safety after driver collapses

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – A 48-year-old Illinois woman is considered a hero by many after preventing a serious tour bus accident in Kenosha County after the driver suffered a medical emergency. Jill Bien of Norridge, Illinois, is credited with saving 34 passengers from serious injuries Saturday when the 68-year-old driver collapsed. The unmanned bus swerved […]

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Senate to hold hearing on school accountability bill

Senate to hold hearing on school accountability bill

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Failing public schools would have no sanctions under a bill scheduled for a public hearing before a state Senate committee. Tuesday’s hearing comes as the Senate, Assembly and Gov. Scott Walker are trying to find common ground on the issue that’s proven difficult to solve in recent years. Assembly Republicans have […]

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Walker proposes new freedoms, $300 million cut to University of Wisconsin System

Walker proposes new freedoms, $300 million cut to University of Wisconsin System

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is proposing a 13 percent cut in state funding for the University of Wisconsin System, at the same time he wants to give all campuses more freedom from state laws. Walker told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that he will be proposing that future funding to […]

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USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline

USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

(VIROQUA, WI) Jan. 21, 2015 — Brad Pfaff, State Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Wisconsin reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching. Applications for the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster […]

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State’s graduation rate among tops in the nation

State’s graduation rate among tops in the nation

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON — A new data table from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) ranks Wisconsin’s high school graduation rate among the top states in the nation for three consecutive years. The NCES web table reports the national graduation rate at 81 percent for the 2012-13 school year, based on an adjusted cohort graduation rate. […]

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Punk band tells Gov. Walker: ‘We literally hate you’

Punk band tells Gov. Walker: ‘We literally hate you’

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The punk rock band Dropkick Murphys is asking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to stop playing one of their songs, saying in a message on Twitter that “We literally hate you.” The band sent the message Saturday night after Walker took the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit to their song “I’m […]

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