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Wisconsin Senate gives virtual meeting a test run

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate is preparing to meet over the internet for the first time in state history if it needs to convene to take action on proposals reacting to the coronavirus outbreak. Two state senators and 11 stand-ins met in person and remotely on Tuesday for a dry run in case the Senate has to meet ...

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Wisconsin Legislature sends $250 million tax cut to governor

By TODD RICHMOND and SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled Legislature on Thursday sent a plan to reduce income taxes by $250 million to Gov. Tony Evers, who appears likely to veto it. The Senate and Assembly voted to pass the election-year tax plan. All Democrats voted against it except for Reps. Nick Milroy and Steve ...

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Assembly OKs raising Wisconsin smoking age from 18 to 21

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No one under 21 would be allowed to purchase cigarettes or vaping products under a bill the state Assembly approved Thursday. A person must now be at least 18 to purchase cigarettes, tobacco, nicotine or vaping products. President Donald Trump signed a law last year that bars tobacco sales to anyone under 21 but local police ...

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Assembly to consider raising smoking age from 18 to 21

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly was poised Thursday to approve a bill that would raise the smoking age in Wisconsin. Right now a person must be at least 18 to buy cigarettes, tobacco products and nicotine products. The bipartisan bill would raise the age to 21. An early version of the bill also barred anyone under 21 from ...

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Wisconsin lawmakers claim $1.25 million in expenses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state lawmakers claimed more than $1.25 million in daily allowances last year, a 6% decrease from the previous budget-writing year, in 2017. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday on the latest figures from members of the state Senate and Assembly. The payments can be claimed by lawmakers for daily expenses they accrue for work in ...

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2 leaders of Democratic convention host committee fired

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The two leaders of Milwaukee’s host committee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention were fired late Tuesday amid allegations that they oversaw an acrimonious work setting, a big shakeup less than six months before the showcase political event in Wisconsin. The host committee board issued a statement saying that the group ...

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Milwaukee Tool sues competitor for ‘misleading’ logo

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation is suing the company that makes Milwaukee Leather products, accusing it of misleading customers and tarnishing the reputation of Milwaukee Tool’s “famous” logo. Milwaukee Tool filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court on Friday. The complaint accuses Shaf International Inc., which sells products under the Milwaukee Leather and Milwaukee Performance brands, of making heated apparel ...

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Man sentenced for buying ‘new school shooter’ gun for boy

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced an Oshkosh man to a month behind bars for buying a rifle for a boy who boasted online that the weapon was a “new school shooter gun.” U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach sentenced 19-year-old Hunter Nicholson on Wednesday in Green Bay to 30 days confinement and ...

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Knight Foundation funding studies on media and democracy

NEW YORK (AP) — A foundation that specializes in journalism is pledging nearly $50 million for research into how social media and technology affect democracy. The grants announced Monday by the Knight Foundation partly come in response to the way in which various outside groups made manipulative use of services provided by tech giants like Facebook and Twitter during the ...

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