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Assembly passes bill making it illegal to solicit sexually explicit photos

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It would be a crime to solicit nude or sexually explicit photos from a child in Wisconsin under a bill approved by the state Assembly. Under the bill passed Thursday, adults who try to coax children into supplying them with nude or sexually explicit photos would be guilty of a felony More >

Wisconsin Assembly approves crime victims amendment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A constitutional amendment designed to give crime victims more rights has passed the Wisconsin Legislature. The measure must pass the Legislature again next session before it goes to voters for approval. It would be added to the Wisconsin Constitution only if voters approve it. The amendment largely duplicates existing crime victim More >

Boy fatally shot by deputy in Ashland County

ODANAH, Wis. (AP) — The Bad River Tribal Council says a young boy has been fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy on its reservation in northern Wisconsin. The sheriff’s department confirms a “male subject” was killed by a deputy in Odanah on Wednesday not far from the Bad River Casino. Authorities say deputies received a More >

Hillary Clinton promotes book on 2016 campaign in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s tour to promote her book on last year’s election is bringing her to Wisconsin, a state that was crucial to President Donald Trump’s victory and that she didn’t visit during her campaign. Clinton will be talking about her book, entitled “What Happened,” at the Riverside Theater Thursday night in a More >

Bill would eliminate water skiing spotters in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Spotters in a boat keeping an eye on water skiers would no longer be required in Wisconsin under a bill set to pass the Legislature. The bill up for an Assembly vote Thursday would allow for a pilot to operate a boat pulling someone on water skis without a second person, More >

Bill targets adults who let teenagers drink in their homes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Adults who let teenagers drink in their homes would be breaking Wisconsin law under a proposal up for approval in the state Assembly. The bill up for a vote Thursday addresses the so-called “social host” loophole in current state law that was exposed by an appeals court ruling last year. The More >

Wisconsin Assembly to pass industrial hemp farming bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Assembly is poised to pass a bill that would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp. The Republican proposal would set up state licenses for farmers who want to grow industrial hemp. People with drug convictions wouldn’t be eligible for the licenses. The plants couldn’t contain more than 0.3 More >

Wisconsin Assembly to pass crime victims amendment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly is getting ready to vote on an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution that would provide crime victims with a host of rights. The Wisconsin Constitution and laws already provide victims extensive rights. The amendment largely duplicates the existing language but goes further in several areas. In addition to More >

Wisconsin Assembly set to pass burial site changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly is set to approve a bill that would require the state historical director to consider evidence for adding land to the state’s burial sites catalog. Developers need permits to excavate on land listed in the catalog. Republicans introduced a bill two years ago that would have allowed quarry More >

Assembly to pass bill allowing lead pipe replacement loans

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly is set to send a bill designed to help homeowners pay for replacing lead pipes to Gov. Scott Walker. The bill up for a final vote Thursday allows public water utilities and local governments to provide grants, loans or both to property owners to help them replace portions More >