Wisconsin

Environmentalists are concerned about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s plans to do away with the magazine produced by the state Department of Natural Resources. 

The Wisconsin State-Journal reports the closure is part of the governor’s 2017-19 budget plan. Spokespeople for Walker say the DNR should be more narrowly focused and not be in the publishing business.   

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Twenty-two Wisconsin hospitals were fined for not complying with a 2008 law on providing emergency contraception.  

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A Republican lawmaker is renewing his fight against drunken driving as the new legislative session begins with bills calling for stiffer penalties and ignition interlock requirements.

Rep. Jim Ott of Mequon has introduced three bills that would create a five-year minimum prison sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle; raise the minimum incarceration for fifth and sixth offenses from six months to 18; and prohibit all offenders from driving any vehicle without an ignition interlock.

Susan Bence

A Wisconsin town is getting a lot of attention these days -- on the issue of drinking water.

Waukesha lies outside the Great Lakes basin, but it has received permission to take water from Lake Michigan. Officials are still debating the political and financial impact – and a group of mayors is challenging the town’s action.

Meanwhile, Waukesha is moving full speed ahead.  

Giant paddles rotate slowly through water that just entered a treatment facility from a pipe that stretches a mile-and-a-half into Lake Michigan.

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Health officials are investigating how the Seoul virus infected eight people in Wisconsin and Illinois.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says these individuals had direct contact with rats at Illinois and Wisconsin rat breeding facilities.

Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah says the virus isn't a danger to the general public because of its  limited ability to spread.  

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