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Marijuana now legal in CanadaSubmitted: 10/17/2018
VANCOUVER, BC - Canada has become largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland.

And there's more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a few retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province, a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the now-legal threshold.

A formal announcement was planned for later Wednesday. The official, who was not authorized to speak public ahead of the announcement, said those who want to take advantage of the pardons will have to apply.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Tony Evers are tussling over tax increases.

Walker's campaign on Wednesday alleged that Evers' tax increases could run into the billions of dollars. Evers' campaign responded by saying "Scott Walker is just making stuff up at this point."

Both candidates have been vague when talking about how they would pay for various proposals they've been making with the Nov. 6 election less than three weeks away.

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BARRON - Update:

Authorities say a Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn't a runaway and that they think she's in danger.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said during a media briefing Tuesday that he can't reveal why authorities believe 13-year-old Jayme Closs is in danger because it could compromise the investigation. But he repeated his plea for the public's help in finding her.

Deputies responding to a 911 call found the bodies of 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs at around 1 a.m. Monday in their home in the western Wisconsin town of Barron. No cause of death has been released but authorities said gunshots had been fired.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker is proposing to increase state funding for town roads, a pledge that comes amid re-election attacks from Democrats that he hasn't done enough to fix Wisconsin's roads.

Walker announced his intentions Monday at the Wisconsin Towns Association convention in Stevens Point. He previously called for raising county road funding by 50 percent, a $57 million increase.

Walker did not release details of his new town roads funding plan. But the Legislative Fiscal Bureau says it appears his proposal would increase state support for town roads by about $53 million, from $149 million a year to about $202 million.

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ID needed to voteSubmitted: 10/15/2018

WISCONSIN - You'll need the proper photo ID if you plan to vote in that November 6th election.

There is no separate voter ID, you only need to have a valid ID for voting, like a driver's license, military or student identification card.

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MADISON - The University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeing an increase in international graduate students, bucking the nationwide drop in international graduate students.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that 725 new international graduate students enrolled at UW-Madison in 2017, up from about 670 students in 2016.

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HARRISON - A young boy that went missing in Waupaca County was found dead early Sunday morning. 

According to the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office, their Communications Center received a report on Saturday afternoon at 3:24 p.m. that this 18-month-old child had gone missing from his home.

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MADISON - Wisconsin voters will decide this fall if lawmakers should close the state's so-called "dark store" loophole.

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