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Wis. Governor Says He Hopes Meeting Gets Budget Deal

Posted: 05/01/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle says he would like a meeting with legislative leaders to result in an end to the stalemate over how to solve a $527 million budget shortfall. But Doyle says he doesn't know if a Thursday meeting he is having with leaders of the Senate and Assembly will result in a deal.

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Stevens Point Strives to Save Downtown Economy

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Stevens Point's Mayor says it's time to bring life back to the downtown area. On Monday, Mayor Andrew Halverson proposed the revitalization plan of downtown and says making changes will help boost the dwindling downtown economy.

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Wis. State Employees Union Reaches Tentative Deal with State

Posted: 04/29/2008 - The union representing more than 23,000 state employees says it has reached a tentative two-year labor contract with the state. No details of the deal were released on Tuesday pending approval by members of the AFSCME union. Votes were to be counted on May 12.

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Wis. Governor's Costsaving Plan Fell Short

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Governor Doyle said in 2005 his administration would save up to $200 million over four years by better managing the state bureaucracy. Three years later, that hasn't happened and the program known as the ACE initiative is dead.

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Former Top Detective: Year Under Van Hollen Was Terrible

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Wisconsin's former top detective says he couldn't stand working for Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's administration. Jim Warren led the Division of Criminal Investigation in the state Justice Department for 10 years. He resigned in January.

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Wisconsin Governor Leaving for Ireland, UK Trade Mission

Posted: 04/21/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle is embarking on a six-day trade mission to Ireland and the United Kingdom. Doyle will leave on Wednesday and return April 28. He says the trade mission is designed to build relationships with business and government officials.

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NEW INFO: McCain Touts Economic Plan to Business Leaders in Milwaukee

Updated: 04/17/2008 - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain is in Milwaukee pitching his plan for the nation's economy. McCain told a meeting of business leaders at Bucyrus International that the government has to act fast to help the nation's economy.

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GOP Presidential Candidate McCain Coming to Milwaukee Wednesday

Posted: 04/14/2008 - Republican presidential candidate John McCain is planning a visit to Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Arizona senator plans to stop at heavy-duty mining equipment maker Bucyrus International to take part in two discussion panels with business leaders about the economy.

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Wausau Official Steps Down Amid Controversy at City Hall

Updated: 04/14/2008 - Kristen Fish has resigned as Wausau's Assistant Community Development Director. Fish's resignation comes during allegations she sent personal text messages using city-issued cell phones to CDA Executive Director Mike Morrissey.

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Permanent VHS Rules Get Green Light in Wisconsin

Posted: 04/10/2008 - State lawmakers have given the final go-ahead for permanent rules to control a deadly fish virus - by doing nothing. That means the rules will go into effect as soon as they're published.

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Poll: Obama Would Beat McCain, But Clinton Would Lose in Wis.

Updated: 04/10/2008 - A new poll indicates that Wisconsin voters have no clear favorite in the presidential race. The poll shows that Democrat Barack Obama would beat Republican John McCain 46 percent to 42 percent but Hillary Rodham Clinton would lose to McCain by the same margin.

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Report Shows Special Interests Dominate Wis. Supreme Court Race

Updated: 04/09/2008 - A new analysis shows that more than $3.6 million was spent on television advertising during the Wisconsin Supreme Court race won by Michael Gableman last week. Nearly 90 percent of the spending came from outside interest groups and not Gableman or his opponent Justice Louis Butler.

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Doyle Signs Bill Requiring Fire-Safe Cigarettes

Posted: 04/08/2008 - All cigarettes sold in Wisconsin will have to be the type that automatically extinguish when they're not being smoked under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jim Doyle. Wisconsin now joins 22 other states in requiring that only fire-safe cigarettes be sold.

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Survey Shows Support of Wis. Smoking Ban Increasing

Posted: 04/08/2008 - A new survey shows that support for a statewide smoking ban covering all bars, restaurants and workplaces is increasing. 69 percent of survey respondents say they support such a law.

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Wis. Governor Vetoes Expanded Access to Juvenile Court Records

Posted: 04/07/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle has vetoed a bill that would expand access to juvenile court records for police, judges and social workers. The bill would have deemed the records open to any law enforcement officer, judge or district attorney.

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Doyle Signs Bill Creating State Tartan

Posted: 04/07/2008 - Wisconsin no longer has to worry about being without an official state tartan. Gov. Jim Doyle signed into law on Monday a bill creating the official tartan. A tartan is a pattern of crisscrossed horizontal and vertical bands.

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Doyle Signs Virtual School Agreement Into Law

Posted: 04/07/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle has signed into law a bill that will keep online public charter schools open. The deal was reached by the Legislature and passed last month.

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Doyle, Lawmakers Express Optimism with Budget Talk Progress

Posted: 04/07/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle and staff for legislative leaders continue to be optimistic that a fix to the state's budget shortfall can be found soon. Doyle said Monday that the talks are ongoing and he's pleased that lawmakers have said progress is being made.

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