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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 -- 5:22 a.m.

MINING-LISTENING SESSION

200 attend listening session on Wis. mining bill

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) -- At least 200 people have jammed a hearing in Ashland to tell legislators how they feel about legislation to streamline the state's mining laws.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says most of the attendees spoke Saturday against changing the state's permitting process. They say they're concerned about environmental damage that could take decades or longer to repair.

The listening session was organized in response to proposed legislation that would help a mining company open a massive iron mine in far northwestern Wisconsin. Republicans say the bill will help it create hundreds of jobs.

Mike Wiggins Junior is the tribal chairman of the Bad River Chippewa Band. He says the mine would threaten sacred rice beds.

Bayfield Mayor Larry McDonald says he's concerned about potential damage to Lake Superior.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD LAWSUIT

Planned Parenthood to refile challenge to Wis. law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin says it plans to file a state lawsuit over a Wisconsin law that subjects doctors who perform medication-induced abortions to possible criminal charges.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says the group initially sued in federal court, but it's refilling the case in state court because of jurisdiction issues.

The law requires doctors and patients to take a series of steps before a woman can receive a medication abortion, including verification that she is having the procedure voluntarily.

Planned Parenthood's federal lawsuit claimed that the state law is unconstitutionally vague.

This week Planned Parenthood and the Wisconsin Department of Justice agreed on interpretation of language in the law. But a federal judge said the agreement eliminated the constitutional issue that initially gave her court jurisdiction.

GOLD BUYERS

State: Most metal resale shop scales accurate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State consumer protection officials surveyed nearly 130 scales used by Wisconsin precious metal buyers and found they were accurate most of the time or had errors in the seller's favor.

With the value of gold rising recently, more people with unwanted jewelry are taking it to precious metal resale shops. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says those sellers can feel confident they are getting the most for their money.

The department's weights and measures team took a look at 129 scales at resale locations statewide and found they were accurate or tipped in the seller's favor 99 percent of the time.

Trade and Consumer Protection administrator Sandy Chalmers says that every business day, weights and measures team members are at different locations throughout the state testing scales, gas pumps, price scanners and package weights.

TRAFFIC DEATHS

Traffic crashes kill 40 in January

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin transportation officials say traffic deaths were up slightly in January, and they're calling for drivers to pay more attention.

Forty people died in traffic crashes during the month, three more than the five-year average.

Traffic deaths last year were up 6 percent from the year before.

State transportation officials say drivers should avoid eating, making phone calls or looking around for items while they're moving -- especially on wintry roads.

OVERPASS FALL-DEATH

Wis. man's kind last act comforts grieving family

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A U.S. Army reservist who was killed after he tried to help victims of a minor Brown County car crash is being remembered as someone who always thought about others first.

A Green Bay Press-Gazette report says 26-year-old Andrew Steiner died last week from injuries he suffered a week earlier. His funeral Friday featured a full military send-off.

Brown County authorities say Steiner and a friend came upon a minor crash January 27th just after midnight. As they checked on the vehicle occupants another vehicle slammed into the wreckage, launching Steiner over an overpass.

His father, Douglas Steiner of Howard, says his son was doing what he always did -- helping other people. Douglas Steiner says what happened was horrifying but the family will always be proud of him.

SNOWMOBILE FATALITY

Iowa man dies in Wisconsin snowmobile crash

BELL, Wis. (AP) -- An Iowa man who was snowmobiling in northern Wisconsin has died after he crashed into a tree.

A Duluth News Tribune report says the crash was reported Friday about 3 p.m. on a snowmobile trail in the town of Bell in Bayfield County.

Rescue officials say the man died on impact. The state Department of Natural Resources is continuing to investigate, but the sheriff's office said Saturday that speed and alcohol appear to have been contributing factors.

The man's name hasn't been released.

Copyright: Associated Press 2013


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