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State senator, Milwaukee Archbishop hope to eliminate rent-to-own deals in budgetSubmitted: 04/26/2013
Story By The Associated Press

MADISON - Religious leaders, a Republican state senator and others are asking Gov. Scott Walker to back off his plan to free rent-to-own businesses from Wisconsin's consumer protection act.

The provision in the budget proposal ensures the businesses wouldn't have to disclose what industry opponents say are exorbitant interest rates.

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki, Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman and others held a news conference Friday.

Grothman described chains like Rent-A-Center as evil and predatory. Listecki says rent-to-own businesses keep people in economic servitude that shouldn't exist in society.

Rent-A-Center spokesman Xavier Dominicis says their contracts aren't credit transactions and Wisconsin's consumer act shouldn't apply to them. He says the costs are clear in their contracts.

A message left for Walker's spokesman wasn't immediately returned Friday.

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EDGAR - Marathon County authorities say a woman has died from drowning in a pool in Edgar in central Wisconsin.

Lt. Tim Burkholder of the Marathon County Sheriff's Department says it happened some time after midnight Monday.

 While the investigation is ongoing, he says the drowning appears to be accidental.

 The department is withholding the victim's name and other details for now.



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