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Governor Walker signs state budget, releases list of vetoesSubmitted: 06/30/2013
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MADISON - Today Governor Scott Walker signed the 2013 to 2015 state budget into law. There were 57 vetoes in all. One has journalists in the state celebrating.

Walker denied a provision in the budget that would have kicked the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism off the University of Wisconsin - Madison's campus.

He also vetoed a provision that would have allowed bounty hunters in the state. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says Walker did the right thing by listening to the concerns of law enforcement.

The major priorities of the budget remained unchanged, including a $650 million income tax cut, rejection of federal Medicaid expansion, and expanding private school vouchers statewide.

The Governor says the state will have a $500 million budget surplus when the new fiscal year starts tomorrow.


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This is the first year that James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander is taking part in the program. Elcho School is also participating.

Parents in the project get emails every week with different parenting resources.

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JANESVILLE - Mitt Romney is scheduled to return to Wisconsin this spring, but he won't come back as a Republican candidate for president.

Romney said Friday he will not run for president in 2016.

The business group Forward Janesville says Romney will keynote its annual dinner on April 7 in Janesville, hometown of his former running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

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MADISON - The flu gets the blame for the deaths of three more children in Wisconsin.

That brings the total number of pediatric deaths to five.

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In the U.S. this season, Wisconsin is behind only Texas with seven pediatric deaths.

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DETROIT - A judge has dismissed the last charge against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid and says she's willing to be the ``scapegoat'' if critics don't like the result.

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THREE LAKES - It appears Gov. Scott Walker will try to address rural broadband internet in his 2015-2017 budget.

Walker proposes adding $6 million to the state's Broadband Expansion Grant Program.

"The fact that the Governor put another $6 million into the fund that already has $5 million is huge. That's double the size of the grant funding that's going to be available to us," said Don Sidlowski of the Northwoods Broadband and Economic Development Coalition.

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MADISON - Members of the Menominee Tribe, southeastern Wisconsin union workers and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers are urging Gov. Scott Walker to reconsider his rejection of a new casino in Kenosha.

Walker rejected the tribe's proposal last week and reiterated on Wednesday that he would not change his mind.

But advocates for the project gathered at the Capitol Thursday to say Walker can still change his mind by the Feb. 19 deadline.

Walker says he can't reverse his decision even if he wanted to.

But Kenosha casino backers say the Bureau of Indian Affairs would be willing to let Walker change his mind. A spokeswoman for BIA did not immediately return a message asking if Walker could reverse course.


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ANTIGO - Social workers in Langlade County describe last year like a flood.

Applications for health insurance swamped Langlade County Social Services.

The county was one of many in the area facing challenges during the first-ever enrollment period after the Affordable Care Act was put in place.

This year's enrollment window ends in two and a half weeks.

It's going much differently.

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