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Wisconsin Senate Votes to Outlaw Human Trafficking

Posted: 02/26/2008 - The state Senate has passed a bill that would make human trafficking a felony in Wisconsin. Anyone convicted of trafficking a person for labor, services or commercial sex would face up to $100,000 in fines and 25 years in prison.

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Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill Requiring Autism Coverage

Updated: 02/27/2008 - Insurance companies would be required to cover autism under a bill that passed the state Senate but probably will not go any further. Gov. Jim Doyle has been a strong advocate for the bill, which passed Tuesday under a 25-8 vote.

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Advocacy Group Says Madison, Appleton Doing Fine Without Smoking

Updated: 02/26/2008 - A new report by an advocacy group pushing for a statewide smoking ban says the economies of Madison and Appleton have been doing just fine since the cities banned smoking in public places. The report finds that requests for liquor licenses there have actually increased since the smoking bans took effect.

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Gableman Won't Retract Fundraising Letter Butler Calls 'False'

Posted: 02/25/2008 - The two candidates running for the state Supreme Court sparred over a fundraising letter that says the incumbent's ruling in a case resulted in the release of a sex offender. Burnett County Circuit Judge Michael Gableman's campaign sent the letter. Gableman is running against Justice Louis Butler.

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Doyle Urges Wis. Legislature to Approve Great Lakes Water Compact

Posted: 02/22/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle is urging the Wisconsin Legislature to approve the Great Lakes Compact designed to prevent thirsty regions from tapping the area's valuable water supply. Great Lakes governors signed the pact in 2005, but it needs approval from all eight of the region's legislatures and Congress to take effect.

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Feingold Says He's 'Inclined' to Support Obama

Updated: 02/21/2008 - Sen. Russ Feingold says he is "inclined" to support Barack Obama for president because of the candidate's victory this week in Feingold's home state of Wisconsin. He says that in making a final decision, he'll take into account whether a person is the right person for president and can win.

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Lawmakers Consider Psychological Exams for Police

Posted: 02/21/2008 - A bill that would require pyschological testing for police officers in Wisconsin is getting a lukewarm reception from a legislative committee. The bill comes in response to last fall's mass shooting in Crandon. Tyler Peterson, an off-duty police officer, killed six people with his SWAT assault rifle before killing himself.

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NEW INFO: Obama Has Resounding Victory in Wisconsin's Democratic Primary

Updated: 02/20/2008 - Illinois Senator Barack Obama won Wisconsin's Democratic primary Tuesday night over rival Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton by a margin far wider than any poll predicted. Obama says that he's still got "months and miles" to go for the Democratic nomination and it won't be easy.

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NEW INFO: McCain Easily Beats Huckabee, Now Presumes He's the Nominee

Updated: 02/20/2008 - Arizona Senator John McCain soundly beat back a spirited effort from long-shot candidate Mike Huckabee to win the Republican primary in Wisconsin Tuesday night. McCain's big victory in Wisconsin wasn't surprising given that his nomination as the GOP candidate is all but sewn up.

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Deal to Keep Wisconsin Virtual Schools Open is in Doubt

Posted: 02/19/2008 - A plan to allow students to remain enrolled in online charter schools is in doubt after the governor said he wanted last-minute changes. Gov. Jim Doyle told lawmakers that he wanted a study of how students are being served in those schools and a cap on enrollment at the existing level in the meantime.

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Obama Jabs at Clinton's Staff Following Allegations of Plagiarism

Updated: 02/19/2008 - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is jabbing back at rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign. He kicked off a speech in front of about 3,000 people at Beloit College by saying he knows people have been going through his "kindergarten papers."

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Huckabee Says a Victory Tuesday Would be 'Unexpected, Huge Thing'

Updated: 02/19/2008 - Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee says an upset victory in Wisconsin's presidential primary on Tuesday would shake up the race for the Republican nomination. Huckabee told reporters in Appleton that he hoped conservative Republicans and voters opposed to abortion rights would propel him to a victory over Sen. John McCain.

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Felons On Parole/Probation Can't Vote in Wisconsin Tuesday

Posted: 02/19/2008 - 40,000 citizens in Wisconsin won't be voting on this primary election day. They are felons who are either on probation or parole. And, unlike some other states, Wisconsin prohibits them from casting their vote.

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Task Force Approves Energy Saving Recommendations

Posted: 02/19/2008 - The Governor's Task Force on Global Warming Tuesday unanimously approved recommendations to cut energy use and erect wind turbines on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. The recommendations will be forwarded to Governor Doyle.

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Wis. Senate Votes to Allow Cell Phones On No-Call List

Posted: 02/19/2008 - The state Senate has approved a measure that would prohibit telemarketers from calling Wisconsin residents' cell phones. It also would require telemarketers to honor any request made over the phone to stop calling.

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NEW INFO: Turnout for Primary Breaks Expectations

Updated: 02/20/2008 - Turnout in Wisconsin's primary broke predictions despite bitterly cold weather. About 37 percent of eligible voters, or about one and a-half million people, voted in the presidential primary. The 37 percent was the highest since nearly 39 percent in the 1988 primary.

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