MADISON - Wisconsin elections officials are putting together a formal security plan in advance of next fall's election.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission plans to work together with federal, state and local elections officials on the plan to prevent any security breaches.
The move comes as federal investigators, and the Senate Judiciary Committee, investigate Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Wisconsin election officials have repeatedly said there were no indications that state elections had been tampered with last year.
Wisconsin Elections Commission assistant administrator Meagan McCord Wolfe says the state is creating the security planning team to prepare for 2018 and in response to the ongoing national conversation about election security.
A draft is expected to be done in December with a final plan to be done in early 2018.
PHILLIPS - A good apple pie makes any Thanksgiving dinner better. So when people from the Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home decided they wanted to give back to the community, making apple pies seemed like a great way to do that. With the help of students from Phillips High School, they peeled, sliced, and sugared their way to a team effort.
You can check out thousands of books from the Rhinelander District Library, but you do need to return them. Now, the library hopes you stop by to take and keep one of the most important documents in our nation's history.
The library is giving out free pocket copies of the Constitution this week. Director Virginia Roberts started the program last year and ordered 100 more copies this year for Constitution Week, which started Sept. 17.
RHINELANDER - Government red tape could force at least a partial shutdown of a popular Northwoods transportation option as soon as next week.
The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission, which operates 12 low-cost buses within and between Rhinelander, Minocqua, and Eagle River, is still waiting on a $300,000 payment from the federal government. The program, which operates as Northwoods Transit Connections, could start cutting back services as soon as Monday if it can't find a temporary fix.
MADISON - Republican legislators are circulating a bill aimed at ending the federal requirement to use reformulated gas in six southeastern Wisconsin counties.
The legislation asks President Donald Trump's administration to grant a reprieve from use of the specially formulated gas that reduces ozone pollution. The requirement was implemented in 1995 in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine and Kenosha counties. Supporters say the gas is no longer needed because of advancements in emission control equipment.
WASHINGTON - An inscrutable provision in the Republican health care bill would apparently steer extra cash to Wisconsin. That's the home state of GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, a co-sponsor of the bill.
One health care consultant says the language could mean hundreds of millions of dollars for Wisconsin, though others say it's hard to tell how much money is at stake. Several analysts said they weren't aware the provision would apply to any states but Wisconsin.
MADISON - Nonpartisan attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislature say portions of a newly signed law that are designed to speed up legal appeals related to the Foxconn Technology Group's factory could be unconstitutional.
The analysis was prepared by attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislative Council at the request of Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling.
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