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Rep. Vos confident mining bill will pass in early MarchSubmitted: 02/07/2013
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MADISON - Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he thinks a bill overhauling Wisconsin's mining regulations will pass the Legislature by the end of the first week in March.

Vos said Thursday he supports the bill as it passed a committee vote on Wednesday. He says that doesn't mean he wouldn't support other changes, but he doesn't know what those would be.

The bill will first be taken up by the Republican-controlled Senate. Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans have been pushing to pass the bill quickly despite objections from Democrats that it will harm the environment and not provide the hundreds of jobs as promised.

Democrats are planning their own public hearing Saturday in northwestern Wisconsin because they say people who live near the mine haven't had a chance to be heard.



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MADISON - A former high school basketball coach in central Wisconsin loses an appeal over his conviction for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-2 on Tuesday against Rory McKellips.

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He had been convicted in 2013 of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime.

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The state Supreme Court said state prosecutors proved that McKellips used his cellphone as a computer to send messages to the victim.

He is serving a 10-year prison sentence.

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TOMAH - The psychiatric unit at the troubled Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center should open next week, about nine months after it closed.

The VA was forced to close the unit in September because it didn't have enough health providers to staff it.  That meant 125 veterans had to be transferred to other facilities around the state.

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WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has struck down Texas's widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.

The justices voted 5-3 Monday in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state.

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TOMAHAWK - A 31-year-old woman in Tomahawk will face drug charges after being arrested last week.

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When the city approved the softball association's request to look into the possibility of another field, people on both sides of the argument spoke up. 

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