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Proposal would loosen concealed carry requirements Submitted: 03/28/2017

MADISON - Right now you need a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Wisconsin.

That could be changing.

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Tribal leaders to present "State of the Tribes" address Submitted: 03/28/2017

MADISON - American Indian leaders in Wisconsin will give their annual State of the Tribes address to the Legislature and constitutional officers on April 4th.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said in a news release Tuesday that Stockbridge-Munsee tribe President Shannon Holsey will give the speech this year.

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Man accused in death of UW-Stout student pleads not guilty Submitted: 03/27/2017

MENOMONIE - The Minnesota man accused of killing a University of Wisconsin-Stout student from Saudi Arabia has pleaded not guilty to charges.

Cullen Osburn is charged with felony murder and aggravated battery in the death of Hussain Saeed Alnahdi. The 24-year-old student died from a brain injury last October following an altercation in downtown Menomonie.

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Finance committee to take up opioid bills Submitted: 03/27/2017

MADISON - The Legislature's finance committee is set to take up a package of bills designed to curb opioid addiction.

Republican Rep. John Nygren has written 11 bills based on recommendations from Gov. Scott Walker's opioid task force. Walker called a special legislative session in January to pass the bills. The finance committee is expected to vote on seven of the proposals Monday.

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State lawmakers target adults who host underage drinkers Submitted: 03/27/2017

MADISON - Adults who allow teenagers to drink in their homes would be breaking the law under a new bill two Republican lawmakers are circulating.

Current law prohibits adults from allowing underage drinkers to consume alcohol in premises owned by the adults or under their control. But a state appeals court ruling last year narrowly interpreted "premises" to refer only to licensed establishments such as liquor stores or bars.

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Upper Peninsula forest provides wood for Final Four courts Submitted: 03/27/2017

AMASA, MI - Wood harvested from forestland in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is being used to make the court floorings for college basketball's Final Four matchups.

Connor Sports manufactured the flooring at its plant in the village of Amasa in Iron County.

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Wisconsin looks to improve emergency communications network Submitted: 03/26/2017

MADISON - Wisconsin officials are working to determine how to improve the statewide emergency communications network and who will pay for it.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports the Wisconsin Interoperable System for Communications allows public safety agencies to communicate with one another across the state, and sometimes coverage can be spotty. The state hired a consultant last year to examine networks in surrounding states and provide recommendations for maintaining Wisconsin's system.

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Wisconsin schools teach penmanship despite standards change Submitted: 03/26/2017

EAU CLAIRE - Some Wisconsin students are still learning cursive, even though it's not required in the Common Core education standards.

The Leader-Telegram reports that elementary students in the Eau Claire school district, the Chippewa Falls school district, Altoona schools and Regis Catholic Schools all learn cursive.

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Ryan pulls health care overhaul off House floor Submitted: 03/24/2017

WASHINGTON - UPDATE: 3-24-17, 4:00pm:  Ryan bemoans collapse of health care bill:

Speaker Paul Ryan says the collapse of the House Republican health care bill means former President Barack Obama's health care law will be around for the foreseeable future.

The Wisconsin Republican addressed reporters minutes after GOP leaders abruptly shelved the legislation, averted likely defeat for the bill. But it still dealt a damaging setback to President Donald Trump, Ryan and an entire party that has long said it wants to annul Obama's statute.

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Wisconsin Hospital Association blasts bill Submitted: 03/23/2017

MADISON - The head of the Wisconsin Hospital Association is urging Gov. Scott Walker to parlay his influence with the White House and Republican leaders in Congress to make significant changes to the stalled health care overhaul bill.

Hospital Association President Eric Borgerding outlined more than a dozen points of concern in a letter marked as hand-delivered to Walker on Monday.

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