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Life expectancy drops in Wisconsin due to alcohol, drugs Submitted: 08/19/2019

MADISON - A new report says life expectancy in Wisconsin has dropped for two years in a row fueled by increased deaths from alcohol abuse and opioids.

The Wisconsin Policy Forum report released Monday finds that while Wisconsin is mirroring a national trend in shorter life expectancies overall, the state loses ground due to alcohol and opioid deaths and increased mortality among black people.

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Former homicide convict seeks $5.7 million in compensation Submitted: 08/18/2019

MADISON -  A man who spent 25 years in prison for a 1992 homicide wants the state of Wisconsin to pay him nearly $6 million in compensation.

The state Claims Board is set to consider Derrick Sanders' demand for $5.7 million Thursday.

Sanders and two other men were convicted of homicide charges in 1993 in the shooting death of Jason Bowie in Milwaukee. Sanders pleaded no-contest to being party to first-degree intentional homicide.

But he later argued he didn't intelligently enter the plea because he didn't understand the potential for punishment, and a Milwaukee County circuit judge last year agreed and tossed out the plea. Prosecutors dropped the charges after that.

Sanders is now 48. State law limits compensation for wrongful convictions to $25,000, but Sanders is arguing for more.


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Grafton appeals decision on private school tuition Submitted: 08/18/2019

MILWAUKEE - The Grafton School District is asking a federal court to overturn a decision by a state administrative law judge that forced it to pay $78,000 a year in tuition, plus expenses, to send a student to a boarding school that specializes in learning disabilities.

The Journal Sentinel reports the federal lawsuit argues that Judge Sally Pederson erred in July in finding that Grafton failed to provide a now 17-year-old student with the free and appropriate public education required by state and federal law.

Pederson's ruling stems from a yearslong battle between the district and the teen's mother who says he struggled with attention deficit, anxiety, dyslexia and other disorders.

Grafton Superintendent Jeff Nelson and the district's attorney, Andrew Phillips, declined to discuss the case.

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12-year-old Milwaukee girl shot when bullets strike home Submitted: 08/18/2019

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police say a 12-year-old girl was shot when bullets struck her home.

The shooting happened early Sunday. Police say the girl was sitting on her bed when bullets entered her bedroom and struck her.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports police say the girl was struck more than once by the bullets, which were fired outside her home.

The girl was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police don't know who fired the gun and say the investigation continues.

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Former Packer Cedric Benson dies in motorcycle crash Submitted: 08/18/2019

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Former NFL and Texas running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36.

Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, says Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday night.

One of the top high school recruits in the country out of Midland, Texas, Benson was a key player in the Longhorns' resurgence under former coach Mack Brown. Benson played at Texas from 2001-2004. He won the Doak Walker award given to the nation's top running back in 2004.

Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Chicago Bears in 2005. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.

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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #38 Submitted: 08/16/2019

MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #38 to address the issue of clean energy in Wisconsin. The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Public Service Commission Chairperson Becky Cameron Valcq and Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole.The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Public Service Commission Chairperson Becky Cameron Valcq and Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole.

Executive Order #38 orders the Department of Administration to create the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and in partnership with other state agencies and state utilities, achieve a goal of ensuring all electricity consumed within the state of Wisconsin is 100% carbon-free by 2050.

The Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy will be charged to promote the development and use of clean and renewable energy across the state, advance innovative sustainability solutions that improve the state's economy and environment, and diversify the resources used to meet the state's energy needs.

"Today, our administration is taking a step that promises an opportunity to create cleaner and safer jobs, to stimulate the economy, to once again have an abundant and prosperous agriculture industry, and the opportunity to restore and enjoy the beautiful natural resources our state has to offer," said Lt. Gov. Barnes. 

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Gov. Evers Highlights Transportation Investments. Submitted: 08/16/2019

MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers this week met local officials and public works staff in Wausau and Green Bay to highlight the important role that a quality transportation system plays in public safety, Wisconsin's economy and quality of life.

"The recently approved state budget contains the highest level of transportaThe 2019â€"2021 state budget invests in all transportation modes including state and local roadways, coupled with the lowest level of borrowing in 20 years. Key provisions include:

An additional $320 million in State Highway Rehabilitation funding to improve existing highways and bridges across the state
A 10% increase ($66 million over the biennium) in General Transportation Aids. This funding helps offset the costs of transportation-related expenses in Wisconsin's counties, cities, villages, and towns tion investments in more than a generation," Gov. Evers said. "With support from the legislature and the collective voices of people across Wisconsin, we've finally made significant progress in the one area that truly connects us all â€" our comprehensive transportation network."


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Evers, Democrats offer gun background check bill Submitted: 08/15/2019

MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic lawmakers are proposing an expansion of background checks for gun sales in the state.

Republicans who control the Legislature have said they are opposed to such efforts. But Evers and Democrats are pushing it in the wake of two mass shootings earlier this month, saying the public is behind the idea.

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Prosecutor sues e-cigarette company Submitted: 08/15/2019

LAKE COUNTY - This week, a Chicago-area prosecutor announced he has filed a lawsuit against e-cigarette provider JUUL labs.

Supported by a group of junior high students, Michael Nerheim says that the lawsuit is the first of its kind in the United States.

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Kayakers escape injury as cliff collapses into Lake Superior Submitted: 08/14/2019

MUNISING, MI - Kayakers on a tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in northern Michigan narrowly escaped injury when a large section of cliff collapsed near them into Lake Superior.

WLUC-TV reports the kayakers were in an area where sandstone cliffs stand up to about 200 feet (61 meters) above the water.

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