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Teens in Wisconsin plane crash identified Submitted: 05/25/2017

CHETEK, WI - Sheriff's officials in northwestern Wisconsin have identified the teens involved in a fatal plane crash.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department says 17-year-old Owen Knutson died when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed into a river in a rural area near Chetek Wednesday evening. An 18-year-old passenger, Hunter Gillett, was seriously injured. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School senior is hospitalized at Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Wisconsin seeks to be first to drug test Medicaid applicants Submitted: 05/25/2017

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening.

Walker's plan to be voted on Thursday by the Legislature's budget committee also requires federal approval from President Donald Trump's administration. It could serve as a nationwide blueprint as Walker prepares to run for a third term next year.

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Five school bus passengers seriously hurt in truck crash Submitted: 05/24/2017

LANCASTER, WI - A collision between a school bus and a dump truck in Grant County sent five passengers on the bus to the hospital.

Sheriff's officials say the crash at a Patch Grove intersection caused one of the bus passengers to be thrown from the vehicle.

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Walker signs bill allowing minors at music festivals Submitted: 05/24/2017

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that makes clear that unaccompanied minors can attend music festivals where alcohol is being served.

Walker signed the bill Wednesday. He says it makes sense to allow the exemption, which also exists for hotels, grocery stores, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and sports stadiums.

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Ryan rejects Trump's branding of Comey as 'nut job' Submitted: 05/24/2017

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says he disagrees with President Donald Trump's assessment that former FBI Director James Comey is a "nut job."

Ryan tells the Axios website, "Yeah, I don't agree with that. And he's not."

The New York Times reported last week that Trump told Russian diplomats that firing "nut job" Comey had relieved "great pressure" on him.

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Gov. Snyder signs changes to copper mining regulations in U.P. Submitted: 05/24/2017

LANSING - Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law changes to the regulation of Michigan copper mines.

Legislation enacted Tuesday establishes separate regulations for small native copper mines that developers are eyeing in the western Upper Peninsula. The law also does not allow for local governments to regulate mining activities.

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Committee puts off votes on UW budget Submitted: 05/23/2017

MADISON - The Legislature's budget committee has decided to put off votes on the University of Wisconsin System budget because Senate Republicans can't agree on what to do about tuition rates.

Gov. Scott Walker's budget calls for cutting tuition by 5 percent and giving the system $35 million to offset the lost revenue. It also would give the system $42.5 million in additional state aid. Campuses that do better on new performance standards would get bigger chunks of the funding.

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DHS hopeful Clarke denies plagiarism in master's thesis Submitted: 05/22/2017

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who says he's been appointed an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, has denied he plagiarized content in his master's thesis on homeland security.

The denial follows a CNN report Saturday saying Clarke, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, failed to attribute sources at least 47 times in his 2013 thesis.

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Draft horses get back to work in Wisconsin farms, forests Submitted: 05/22/2017

MEDFORD - Powerful and versatile draft horses are being used in Wisconsin to help a cellphone company upgrade its towers among other jobs in the fields and forests.

Milwaukee Public Radio reports that draft horses can get in and out of spaces some vehicles can't because the animals are agile and lightweight.

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Appleton police: Officer kills subject with gun at bar Submitted: 05/21/2017

APPLETON - Authorities say a police officer fatally shot a person who had a gun at a bar in downtown Appleton.

An Appleton Police Department statement says officers on foot patrol got a report of a shooting inside Jack's Apple Pub just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Officers saw people coming out. As one officer went in, the statement says, the officer "encountered a subject with a gun" and shot the individual. Other officers then went inside to aid the person who was shot by the officer. That person later died at a hospital.

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