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New Bill to Help Sexual Assault VictimsSubmitted: 05/05/2013
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MADISON - A new bill being circulated in the Wisconsin state Legislature would allow victims of sexual assault to be accompanied by a trained advocate at any step during the criminal justice process.

The legislation's author, Rep. Jim Steineke, a Republican from Kaukauna, says sex offenders are more likely to be brought to justice when an advocate is available to assist the victims

An advocate is a trained individual providing emotional comfort for victims and guiding them through the legal process. Current law bars an advocate from certain activities such as joining victims in meeting with police officers or medical personnel.

At least 11 states have passed similar laws. Gov. Scott Walker has proposed $4 million in his next biennial budget to pay for grants to assist victims.



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MADISON - Wisconsin state employees will face a new world when they show up for work July 1.

An overhaul of the state's 111-year-old civil service system takes effect take that day. It will leave 30,000 state workers and an untold number of job applicants to face new hiring and firing protocols.

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Probation periods will be longer, just cause for disciplinary actions will be clearly defined and layoff decisions will be based on performance rather than seniority.

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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee is getting a $1 million state loan to begin the costly task of replacing 70,000 lead water pipes throughout the city.

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"Last year, we were novices; this year, we got a little more elaborate," Smith said.  "By next year, we can be even more elaborate."

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Thousands of people flock from all over to the annual races, which start up again this weekend.

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Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber says the officer encountered the man armed with a gun sitting in a vehicle at Madison Park about 3 a.m. Thursday.

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RHINELANDER - Tracy Hartman loves her job as clerk in the Oneida County town of Crescent.

She's held that position for nine years. But now, Hartman wants to step into a larger role as Oneida County clerk.

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