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Economic adviser talks tax bill with Wisconsin SenatorSubmitted: 11/17/2017
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers says he met yesterday with a senator who opposes the senate's tax overhaul plan.

Kevin Hassett tells reporters at the White House Friday that he met Thursday with Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who opposes the Senate bill that would slash the corporate tax rate and reduce personal income tax rates for many.

At least five other Republican senators have yet to declare support for the plan, leaving the bill's fate far from certain in a chamber the GOP controls by just 52-48.

Hassett declined to answer why the proposal under discussion would make the corporate tax cuts permanent, while letting the individual cuts expire.

He says the president supports making both cuts permanent, but it's up to Congress to write the bills.

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ASHLAND COUNTY - A northern Wisconsin tribe wants federal officials to investigate why a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a teenager on the tribe's reservation.

Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich shot and killed 14-year-old Jason Pero on Nov. 8 on the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's reservation.

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WASHINGTON - Christmas is coming to Donald Trump's White House a bit early this year.

Melania Trump is set to accept the official White House Christmas tree on Monday.

First ladies typically receive the tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but the Trumps are expected to spend the holiday at their home in Palm Beach, Florida.


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MADISON - The head of the Wisconsin state firefighters union is running for governor as a Democrat, joining a crowded field hoping for the chance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Mahlon Mitchell launched his campaign Monday with stops in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Madison.

Mitchell said Monday he is running for governor "because after eight years of Scott Walker, it's time for change."

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MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill setting up an open season on groundhogs. Walker signed the measure on Saturday.

The bill removes groundhogs from the state's protected species list and calls on the Department of Natural Resources to establish a year-round hunting and trapping season with no bag limits.

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Packers defeat Bears 23-16Submitted: 11/12/2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Brett Hundley threw for 212 yards and a touchdown, Nick Perry had three sacks and the Green Packers beat the Chicago Bears 23-16 to snap a three-game losing streak on Sunday.

Hundley, starting his third game for an injured Aaron Rodgers, threw a 17-yard touchdown to Davante Adams to make it 23-13 with 5:29 to play, and the Packers (5-4) hung on to beat the Bears (3-6) for the eighth time in nine games.

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ODANAH - The grandparents of a Wisconsin eighth-grader fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy say the teen had left school with the flu that morning.

An Ashland County sheriff's deputy shot 14-year-old Jason Pero on Wednesday on the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation.

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MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says a "very small percentage" of inmates at the state's juvenile prisons are behind a string of recent violent episodes since a federal judge ordered changes in disciplinary tactics.

An attorney for the department submitted a court-ordered update on conditions at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake prisons Friday. He detailed three events since the court's order in July where inmates attempted to escape or assaulted workers as examples of challenges the prisons have faced implementing the order.

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