MADISON - Republicans who control the state Assembly say they are confident a mining bill will protect the environment and bring jobs to Wisconsin despite Democrats who say it will harm air and water quality.
The Assembly began debate of the measure Thursday. It was expected to pass in the late afternoon.
Republican Majority Leader Scott Suder calls the measure ``perhaps the most important jobs bill we've seen in a great long while.''
He says the iron ore mine near Lake Superior could be operational within three to four years.
The bill would loosen the state's mining regulations to help Gogebic Taconite dig a huge open-pit iron mine just south of Lake Superior.
Assembly approval would send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker, the last step before it would become law.
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RHINELANDER - Wild Instincts celebrated the release of BBC's "Supercharged Otters," which filmed at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.
Saturday's viewing at Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander had a complementary showing of the episode.
The episode features otters that spent seven months with Rehabilitation Director Mark Naniot and his team.
The episode gives people a look into the life of an otter.
"Like everything else it's the web of life. Everything's all interconnected and even if it's just the pure enjoyment of watching an otter swim or catch a fish and seeing how playful they are sliding down a mudslide or sliding through the snow that alone is immeasurable really," said Naniot.
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