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Wisconsin DHS head doesn’t know how many may lose insurance

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The head of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services says she doesn’t know how many people may lose insurance in the state under the proposed federal health care overhaul. Linda Seemeyer was asked about the proposal Tuesday during a forum hosted by Wisconsin Health News. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted More >

Walker says wiretap, Russian collusion review needed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker isn’t saying much about FBI Director James Comey’s testimony that the bureau has been probing links between President Donald Trump and Russian officials. Comey said during a congressional hearing Monday that the investigation began last July. He also rejected Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama had More >

Governor Walker: GOP moving in ‘right direction’ on health care

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says U.S. House Republicans are moving in the right direction on their health care reform bill after Speaker Paul Ryan announced he plans to provide more help to older people. Ryan said Sunday people in their 50s and 60s deserve more help because their face higher costs. Walker More >

Private school voucher payments increase $217 per student

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Taxpayer-funded payments to children choosing to attend private schools using a voucher will increase an estimated $217 per-student in each of the next two years. And those payments will continue to exceed per-student state aid for Wisconsin’s public schools. New estimates were prepared by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau and released More >

1 Killed, 2 Children Injured in Clark County Crash

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — One man has died and two children have been seriously injured in a car crash in Clark County. Sheriff’s officials say 30-year-old Aaron Dierich was driving a car that hit a guard rail along Highway 29 at the Withee overpass and went into the ditch. Dierich died at the scene Sunday. More >

Test results show 7 percent of tested deer infected with CWD

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources says a little more than 7 percent of deer tested last year were infected with chronic wasting disease. Data on the DNR’s website shows 441 of 6,039 deer analyzed tested positive for the disease, a prevalence rate of 7.3 percent. The prevalence rate in 2015 More >

Wisconsin lags in climate fight against carbon dioxide

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in efforts to decrease the amount of carbon dioxide billowing from smokestacks at coal-burning power plants. The Wisconsin State Journal ( ) reports the economic recession and cheap natural gas helped the nation cut emissions by 18.1 percent from 2000 to 2014. Wisconsin’s emissions decreased More >

Neillsville snowboarder wins gold at Special Olympics

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Neillsville snowboarder Daina Shilts has captured a gold medal for Team USA in her first event at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Special Olympics Wisconsin says Shilts won the Advanced Women’s Super G competition Saturday and had the fastest race time of any snowboarder, male or female. WAOW-TV More >

Officials: Wisconsin officer shows up to work smelling of alcohol

SHOREWOOD, Wis. (AP) — The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office says a Shorewood police sergeant showed up for work smelling of alcohol. The sheriff’s office was called about 1 a.m. Saturday to administer field sobriety tests. According to the sheriff’s office, the 31-year-old Milwaukee man registered a 0.16 percent blood-alcohol level in a preliminary breath test. More >

30 wolf-dog hybrids, 14 horses seized in northern Wisconsin

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin woman is expected to face charges after 30 wolf-dog hybrids and 14 horses were seized from the Crandon area. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says authorities had received complaints about the owner breeding wolf-dog hybrids – the result of breeding a wolf with More >