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Both sides pledge new effort on jobless bill

Posted: 01/15/2014 - Republicans and Democrats are both pledging to renew efforts at resurrecting jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, even though immediate compromise prospects are dim one day after the Senate deadlocked on the issue.

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UPDATE: Wis. committee cancels vote on Common Core changes

Posted: 02/20/2014 - UPDATE: The state Assembly's Education Committee has canceled a vote on a bill that would give the ultimate authority over writing academic standards for Wisconsin's public schools to the state Legislature.

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Senate approves $217,000 claim for Hudson company

Updated: 01/14/2014 - The state Senate has voted to pay $217,499 to a Hudson steel company whose CEO donated to the Republican senator who introduced the bill to provide the money.

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Bill would spend $300M on Great Lakes restoration

Updated: 01/14/2014 - A spending bill crafted by congressional leaders would allocate $300 million to a Great Lakes cleanup that had been threatened with a deep cut during last year's budget battle.

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UPDATE: Wis. Assembly passes gun sales bill

Posted: 01/21/2014 - UPDATE: Wisconsin residents would be able to buy rifles and shotguns from dealers anywhere in the nation under a bill the state Assembly has passed.

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UPDATE: Charter school expansion bill draws opposition

Posted: 01/09/2014 - UPDATE: Making it easier to open independently operating charter schools is drawing support from national and local groups that have tried and failed to open such schools in Wisconsin.

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Burke to report raising nearly $1.8 million

Posted: 01/09/2014 - Democrat Mary Burke has tapped $400,000 of her own money in the opening months of her campaign for governor on her way to raising $1.8 million through the end of 2013.

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UPDATE: Budget committee votes to keep WEDC surplus

Posted: 01/08/2014 - UPDATE: The Legislature's budget committee has voted to release about $59 million in funding to Wisconsin's chief jobs agency it had held in reserve on the condition that problems cited in an audit were addressed.

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UPDATE: Money for student information system approved

Posted: 01/08/2014 - UPDATE: A divided state budget committee voted to spend $7.1 million on a new student information system, with some lawmakers voicing concerns about data being collected by the state.

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Wis. lawmakers demand Legislature revisit mine law

Updated: 01/08/2014 - Three lawmakers want to revisit Wisconsin's iron mining laws after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined the state's request to work together toward permits for Gogebic Taconite's potential mine near Mellen.

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Unemployment benefits bill clears hurdle

Posted: 01/07/2014 - Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt.

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UPDATE: Sales tax holiday bill gets mixed reception

Posted: 01/07/2014 - UPDATE: Two of the nation's largest and best-known corporations are lobbying in support of a bill that would waive sales taxes on purchases of some computers, back-to-school supplies and Energy Star products one weekend a year.

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UPDATE: Senator sues over Congress' health coverage

Updated: 01/06/2014 - UPDATE: Sen. Ron Johnson is suing to stop the government from paying most of the medical insurance premiums for members of Congress and their aides now required to obtain coverage through the new health care law's state exchanges.

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Report: Cuts to teachers offset aid reduction

Posted: 01/06/2014 - A new study says that cuts to teachers' benefits pushed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature in 2011 offset a $450 million state aid reduction.

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Closures could affect election deadlines

Posted: 01/06/2014 - The closing of schools and government offices due to the cold weather could delay the deadline for candidates for local office to file nomination papers.

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