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President Gives Wisconsin Money for Feb. 5-Feb.6 Snowfall

Updated: 03/19/2008 - President Bush has decided to give Wisconsin money to help pay for measures taken during record or near-record snowfall at the beginning of last month. Wisconsin Emergency Management spokeswoman Lori Getter says this is only the third time the state will receive federal money for snowfall.

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Farmer From Rudolph Announces Bid to Challenge Obey for Congress

Posted: 03/19/2008 - A farmer from Rudolph has announced his plans to run as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Dave Obey for the seventh Congressional district seat. Daniel Mielke says on his Web site that after 38 years in office, it's time for Obey to retire.

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Doyle Signs Human Trafficking Bill

Posted: 03/19/2008 - Governor Doyle signed into law Wednesday a measure that outlaws human trafficking. Anyone caught trafficking an adult will face up to $100,000 in fines and 25 years in prison. Anyone caught trafficking a child could face an additional 15 years.

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Doyle's Campaign Web site Seems to Indicate He'll Seek Third Term

Posted: 03/14/2008 - The new address of Gov. Jim Doyle's campaign Web site seems to indicate he will be seeking a third term in 2010. Doyle's campaign finance director Mike Edmondson said Friday the governor still has not made a decision on whether he will run again.

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Doyle Hopes for Budget Compromise, but Signs Aren't Good

Updated: 03/14/2008 - The governor says he's hoping Republicans and his fellow Democrats will work together with him on a compromise to repair the state's $527 million budget shortfall. But signs aren't the greatest for that to happen.

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Obama Picks Up Another Superdelegate in Wisconsin

Posted: 03/14/2008 - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has picked up another superdelegate vote in Wisconsin. Obama's campaign has released a statement saying Melissa Schroeder will back the Illinois senator.

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Wisconsin Senate Passes Fire-Safe Cigarette Bill

Posted: 03/12/2008 - Wisconsin businesses would have to sell fire-safe cigarettes that automatically extinguish when they're not being smoked under a bill that has passed the state Senate. The measure now heads to Gov. Jim Doyle for his consideration.

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Wisconsin Democrats Pass Economic Development Plan

Posted: 03/12/2008 - An economic development plan designed to spur job growth and close tax loopholes has passed the Democratic-controlled Senate. The proposal differs from what Gov. Jim Doyle wants and is not expected to pass the Republican-controlled Assembly before it adjourns for the year.

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Wisconsin Legislature Declares Wild Pigs Harmful

Posted: 03/12/2008 - The state Senate has declared wild pigs harmful animals. The Senate passed a bill Wednesday attaching the moniker to the pigs, which have been a problem in southwestern Wisconsin for years.

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Smoking Ban Appears to be Going Up in Smoke in Wis. Legislature

Updated: 03/12/2008 - Barring a last-minute breakthrough, a statewide smoking ban is about to be snuffed out in the Legislature. The Assembly plans to finish its work for the year on Wednesday and the smoking ban was not scheduled for a vote.

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Wisconsin Senate Approves Mental Exams for Prospective Police

Updated: 03/11/2008 - The state Senate has approved psychological tests for all prospective full-time police officers in Wisconsin. The bill comes after Forest County Sheriff's deputy and part-time Crandon police officer Tyler Peterson killed six young people with his SWAT rifle last fall.

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Wisconsin Assembly Passes Resolution Honoring Brett Favre

Updated: 03/11/2008 - The state Assembly has passed a resolution honoring former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. The resolution commends Favre for becoming the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns, completions, attempts and victories by a quarterback.

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D.A. Kratz to Announce Candidacy for 6th District Congressional Seat

Posted: 03/11/2008 - The special prosecutor in Teresa Halbach's murder is expected to announce his Republican candidacy for the 6th District Congressional seat currently held by Tom Petri. Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz scheduled a news conference for later Tuesday at his residence in Darboy.

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NEW INFO: Gov. Doyle Says He Has Answer to Wisconsin Budget Woes

Posted: 03/11/2008 - Governor Jim Doyle is hoping for quick action from the Legislature on a plan to fix a state budget shortfall. But that would be a big change from last year, when the Legislature got hopelessly bogged down for months before finally getting a budget in place.

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Wausau Mayoral Candidates Meet in First Debate

Updated: 03/06/2008 - Incumbant Mayor Jim Tipple and City Council President Deb Hadley, the challenger, squared off in a debate broadcast live over WSAU radio Wednesday night. They tackled many issues, including how polarized the city council is right now.

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Doyle Calls Special Session for March 13 to Deal with Budget

Posted: 03/05/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle has called a special legislative session next week for lawmakers to deal with a projected $350 million budget shortfall. Doyle is calling for lawmakers to take up the budget starting on March 13.

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Just What Wisconsin Needs ... a New `Brand'

Posted: 03/05/2008 - As a brand, Wisconsin has a lot to offer, according to the latest promotional move by the state Tourism Department. Governor Jim Doyle unveiled the new brand at a tourism convention in Lake Geneva.

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Armstrong Speaks to More Than 1,000 at Rally for Wisconsin Smoking Ban

Updated: 03/04/2008 - More than 1,000 people showed up in Madison to hear cycling champion Lance Armstrong urge the Legislature to vote on a statewide smoking ban. The bill is being bottled up in both the Senate and Assembly under opposition from bar owners and the powerful Tavern League lobby.

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