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Walker signs bill to track students in remedial classes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a Republican bill that would require the University of Wisconsin System to complete a report tracking the origin high schools of students taking remedial courses. The measure would require the system to determine the high schools with more than six students who must take remedial English More >

Wisconsin governor signs microbead ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that bans microbeads, the plastic exfoliant in soap, toothpaste and other personal care products. Scientists recently discovered that microbeads are flowing by the billions from wastewater plants into the Great Lakes and other water bodies. Manufacturers have already started substituting microbeads with natural substances More >

Governor signs bill legalizing motorcycle lights

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that allows motorcycle owners to attached colored lights to their bikes. Wisconsin law prohibits operating a motor vehicle with lights other than white or amber in front and red in the rear. But colored LED lights are becoming more popular on motorcycles. The bill More >

Walker signs emergency allergy treatment bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that permits businesses to keep a supply of epinephrine injections to counteract life-threatening allergic reactions. Schools already can keep a supply of auto-injectors on hand. The bill allows camps, colleges, restaurants and other businesses to carry and administer the drug. Auto-injectors are used to More >

Governor signs bill outlawing lies about military service

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that makes lying about military service a crime. The Republican bill makes falsely claiming military service or a military award a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. If someone makes those claims intending to commit or aid More >

Milwaukee County bus drivers walk picket lines; bus service shut down

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Union bus drivers are walking the picket line in Milwaukee County in their first walkout in more than 35 years. Hundreds of bus drivers went on strike early Wednesday after contract negotiations between union leaders and transit officials broke down. Union leaders say the strike would last until Saturday. Union President James More >

Democrat Sanders brings his message to liberal Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is hoping for the biggest crowd yet in his longshot bid to upset expected nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton when he speaks in the reliably liberal Madison. Sanders said Tuesday that 9,500 people had said they intended to come to the speech on Wednesday night at a More >

Audit: Unemployment fund back in the black

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report says the state’s unemployment benefits fund finished the 2013-14 fiscal year in the black for the first time in years. The Legislative Audit Bureau released a report Wednesday that showed the fund grew from a negative $208.4 million as of June 30, 2013, to $329.4 million as of More >

More than half of schools to see less general aid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than half of Wisconsin schools will see a decline in general aid in the next school year, according to estimates from the state Department of Public Instruction. The state budget not yet finalized would keep general school aid flat at almost $4.5 billion. But DPI says diversions of money to More >

Senate leader promises vote on Bucks arena plan next week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate’s Republican leader says he plans to vote on a bill to fund a new Milwaukee Bucks arena next week. The deal lays out a $500 million financing plan for the arena that includes $250 million from taxpayers. Financing for the new arena was originally part of the state More >