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Autism numbers jump yet again, to 1 in 68 kids
The Centers for Disease Control released last week its biennial numbers of autism prevalence among young Americans, and the numbers continue to spike, continue to startle: According to the CDC, one in 68 children in 11 surveyed U.S. communities has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. (Public access)
Thursday, April 3, 2014


Choice schools narrow gap with public school students
Student achievement scores are in for Wisconsin’s voucher school and public-school programs, and the overall gap between choice students and public-school students continues to narrow. (Subscriber access)
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Political Digest: A look at state and local issues
The political digest offers timely reporting of the latest news breaking at the state and local levels. Updated with special emphasis on the day's important political issues and events.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

FCC ends UW-connected plan to monitor newsrooms
It was all planned and hatched very quietly – all was understated, that is, until a member of the Federal Communications Commission blew the whistle on it: a massive government plan to monitor the newsrooms of America. (Subscriber access)
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Monday, April 7, 2014

'Blueprint for Prosperity' tour stops in Eagle River
The day he signed his $504 million tax cut plan named “The Blueprint for Prosperity” into law, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made Eagle River a stop on a post-bill signing tour to promote the new law. (Subscriber access)
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

AG asks Supreme Court to reinstate abortion provider law
Wisconsin attorney general J.B. Van Hollen has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a 2013 state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. (Subscriber access)
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

State: 20 percent of Obamacare enrollees didn't pay premiums
They can’t be called no-shows, but now the state is saying they are no-pays – as of March 14, 20 percent of the people who enrolled in Obamacare in the state had failed to pay their premiums for insurance coverage scheduled to start Jan. 1 and Feb. 1. (Subscriber access)
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Obama administration seeks to restrict whistleblower law
In a move that, if successful, could cripple federal whistleblower statutes, the Department of Homeland Security is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify what information can qualify for protection under the federal Whistleblower Protection Act. (Subscriber access)
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Historic change to circuit court online database poised to pass
A Senate committee has unanimously approved and the full Senate is poised to pass a bill to significantly restrict information on the state circuit court’s automated online information system, otherwise known as CCAP. (subscriber access)
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Monday, March 17, 2014

EPA climate regulations will hurt Wisconsin most of all

The latest in an occasional series on climate change. (Subscriber access)


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Grab some lunch? School kids say no thank you to First Lady

For many years participation in the nation’s public-school lunch programs was pretty much a given, with the number of paying students generally rising from year to year.

Not any more. (Subscriber access)


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bible camp backers take case to Supreme Court
Justices on the nation's highest court will decide whether to review a lawsuit over a proposed Bible camp in Oneida County.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Winter severity index in the severe range and climbing

So far deer have weathered our winter, but with hard days ahead it’s likely there will be an impact on the herd.

Chuck McCullough, DNR wildlife staff supervisor for Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas counties, said they have fielded some calls from people concerned about deer they had observed, but more were calling with questions about the status of deer.

“We are probably a little too early for major effects to be noticed, even though we’re at that severe category – just going into that in most of the (monitoring) stations ... and even though the effects are serious, they probably won’t start to show up for another couple weeks as far as starving deer,” he said.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tiffany mining bill on local regulation faces stiff test
Sen. Tom TiffanySen. Tom Tiffany
State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) says his bill to limit local regulation of nonmetallic mines – specifically sand frac mines – is all about preserving property rights and protecting jobs, but opponents say it’s a handout to the sand mining industry, and the outcome was in doubt after a contentious public hearing Monday.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Equality: Does state discriminate against rural landowners?
Critics of the state’s shoreland zoning laws and rules have long believed they violate the equal protection clauses of the state and federal constitutions, and, with yet another revised edition of the rules coming down the pike, they may soon have even more arguments about inequality to make.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Lawmakers, Evers trade barbs over academic standards bill
Tony EversTony Evers
The state superintendent of education has launched an aggressive push against proposed legislation some say could end up upending Common Core education standards, but GOP lawmakers quickly pounced back, saying Tony Evers is misrepresenting the legislation.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lawmakers press to replace Common Core standards
State Sen. Tom TiffanyState Sen. Tom Tiffany
An array of Republican lawmakers, led by state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and coauthored by Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) is pushing a bill that could ultimately kick so-called Common Core education standards to the curb in Wisconsin.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Remington latest gun firm to bolt anti-gun states
Call it the new War between the States, and this time the South seems to be winning. 

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

O'Keefe follows through, files lawsuit in John Doe probe
In the topsy-turvy world of Wisconsin’s John Doe probes and politics, the world went topsy again this week after going turvy last week after going topsy before that.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Income inequality stunting upward mobility? Nope, study says
President Barack Obama may believe the nation’s income inequality is impeding upward mobility among lower income groups in America – the president is basing his entire 2014 economic message around that exact theme – but two new reports paint a different picture.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Internet access becoming as vital a service as water, electricity
The changing face of technologyThe changing face of technology
In today’s world, it isn’t enough for towns to attract businesses to spur economic growth. 
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Thursday, February 20, 2014


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