ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - You can lose control of you're vehicle quickly in winter weather. But state troopers say that's preventable.
"Just drive defensively. Give yourself ample time to stop. Slow down. Be aware of your surroundings. Be aware of others around you," says Kristin Kempen, Wisconsin State Trooper.
Staying safe starts even before you put your key in the ignition. It's the law that you clean off your car of snow. This means all windshields and windows. Another spot on your car that sometimes you forget to clear...
"Definitely cleaning off your brake lights so the drivers behind you can see you. So anytime you stop or put fuel in or have a rest break, definitely make sure the head lights and the tail lights are cleared off," says State Trooper
And remember to turn on those head lights. This will make you more visible to other cars.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MERRILL - People on the west side of Merrill will need to put up with the sound of construction this summer. What was once an empty lot will now be the site of the Stonebridge Apartments. The apartments are a new source of affordable housing in Merrill and should be complete by the late summer.
When you're looking at Park Place apartments in Merrill, you might confuse the building with something else.
"I think Park Place looks like a 1970s dormitory at UW Madison," said Merrill Area Housing Authority Executive Director Paul Russell.
But a new apartment complex being built just across the street is going to offer a different look.
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