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A compromise between Governor Tony Evers and GOP lawmakers could help address PFAS pollution. An Eau Claire County judge denied an order that would have delayed the closure of two hospitals. And, Green Bay community members are calling for the school district to reinstate the superintendent. Earlier this month, he voluntarily resigned following controversial comments he made in a radio interview.
Land purchases by the Oneida Nation are being challenged in a federal lawsuit. Joe Schulz has the details on why Wisconsin's wildfire season is starting early this year. And, Wisconsin has new legislative maps. Rich Kremer will have the latest on what this means for voters.
The Legislature's finance committee shot down about $1 million in grants for a boat launch in the city of Ashland, even though the committee previously signed off on similar funds for another northern Wisconsin marina. Some high schools Racine have turned away from accepting cash when selling tickets to school events. That's prompted protests by students and community members. And, Wisconsin lawmakers passed two bills last week to unlock $78 million in federal funding to build a network of electric vehicle charging stations.
GOP lawmakers have passed a bill requiring local notifications within 100 miles of refugee resettlement plans. Migrant farm workers in Wisconsin will have additional heat, health and safety protections this year. Joe Schulz will have more. And, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin filed a petition with the Wisconsin Supreme Court. They say the state constitution protects a person's right to abortion.
New legislative maps were signed into law, and now Democrats have a chance in winning a state Assembly majority. Wisconsin's prisons continue to struggle with short-staffing, but officials say they're encouraged by a rise in applications. Sarah Lehr (LEER) has more. And, with more teens and adults struggling with mental health, experts say supporting development in a child's earliest years could help. Hope Kirwan will have more.
The state Assembly passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would weaken the governor's partial veto powers. Sarah Lehr has the details on a bill also approved in the Assembly that would hold students back a grade for repeated truancy. And, a civil rights icon lives right here in Wisconsin. In today's episode of Wisconsin Life, we'll learn more about the life and legacy of Gwen Gillon.
Wisconsin's new voting maps are state law. After political battles spanning more than a decade, Governor Tony Evers signed a new maps bill. Kenosha County would restrict access to some library books under a new proposal. And leaders in Milwaukee are calling for a state law to allow for red-light cameras.
Federal efforts to increase staffing at nursing homes could be a challenge for facilities in Wisconsin. Danielle Kaeding has the details on bill that would clear the way for PFAS standards in groundwater. And, Alex speaks with Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe to about everything voters need to know to cast their ballot in the upcoming spring primary.
State agencies would have to develop strategies to use artificial intelligence under a measure that passed the state Assembly. A state bill would require a breathalyzer to be placed in the vehicle of all drunk driving offenders. And, ice cover on the Great Lakes has hit a low never before seen in mid-February with the warmer than normal temperatures.
State lawmakers passed maps drawn by Governor Tony Evers, but fair maps groups and some Democrats are at odds if he should sign them into law. Democratic state lawmakers are pushing for paid family and medical leave. And, nine candidates are running to be the city of Kenosha's next mayor. Evan Casey will have the latest on the race.