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Bill to allow medical marijuana circulated Submitted: 01/17/2017

MADISON - Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are circulating a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

The proposal by state Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Chris Taylor comes after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would be open to the idea.

Republicans have typically been against any attempts to legalize marijuana.

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Man killed after setting off apartment explosion Submitted: 01/16/2017

RICE LAKE - Police say a man in a small northwestern Wisconsin community was killed after he followed through on his threat to explode a bomb in his apartment building.

Rice Lake police say 12 to 14 residents were evacuated before the explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed the one-story building Sunday night.

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Phillips School District invests in a new kind of bus Submitted: 01/16/2017

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PHILLIPS - The Phillips School District covers 600 square miles, which means a lot of time on the bus for many students, and high fuel costs for the district. So this year Phillips is trying something new in hopes that investing a little extra money now pays off down the road.

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Green Bay police warn of kidnapping scam Submitted: 01/16/2017

GREEN BAY - Green Bay police say local residents are being targeted by phone scammers who claim they're holding a loved one for ransom.

Police say they've been contacted by at least four residents in recent days who say they've been called by scammers trying to get money.

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Ryan meets in Janesville with police chiefs from across US Submitted: 01/16/2017

JANESVILLE - Police chiefs from around the country have converged in Janesville to discuss ways to reduce the use of deadly force.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is from Janesville, hosted a listening session Monday focusing on a training program from the D.C.-based nonprofit Police Executive Research Forum.

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Prosecutors charge man in Saudi college student's death Submitted: 01/13/2017

MADISON - Prosecutors have charged a Minnesota man with killing a Saudi Arabian college student in a northwestern Wisconsin city.

Cullen Osburn faces one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated battery in connection with UW-Stout student Hussain Alnahdi's death in October.

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Minnesota man charged with killing a college student in northwestern Wisconsin Submitted: 01/13/2017

MADISON - Prosecutors have charged a Minnesota man with killing a Saudi Arabian college student in a northwestern Wisconsin city.

Cullen Osburn faces one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated battery in connection with UW-Stout student Hussain Alnahdi's death in October.

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PSC removed climate change language from website Submitted: 01/13/2017

MILWAUKEE - State utility regulators removed climate change language from their website months before environmental officials altered global warming language on their own site.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that the Public Service Commission eliminated a web page about global warming sometime after May 1 of last year. The Department of Natural Resources removed language from its website last month that stated human activity is causing climate change. Republicans control both agencies.

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Wisconsin superintendent candidate calls for state board Submitted: 01/12/2017

MADISON - A candidate for Wisconsin state superintendent wants to create a statewide school board.

John Humphries on Thursday called for creating an Education Accountability Board, or a statewide school board. Wisconsin currently does not have such a board. The state superintendent position runs the state Department of Public Education without oversight of a board.

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Ex-Natural Resources leaders urge Walker not to split agency Submitted: 01/11/2017

MADISON - A group of former Department of Natural Resources secretaries is urging Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and legislators to reject a proposal to divide the agency and spread its responsibilities across state government.

Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow has proposed splitting the DNR into a new Department of Fish and Wildlife and a new Department of Environmental Protection. Three existing agencies would assume responsibility for forestry, park, and land acquisition.

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