Wisconsin

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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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Wisconsin residents could be eligible for a refund if they bought milk or milk products in the state from 2003 to present. That’s because of a price-fixing lawsuit settlement.

The National Milk Producers Federation allegedly conspired to kill cows through Cooperatives Working Together to improve milk prices. That’s according to the 2011 antitrust lawsuit.

Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are circulating a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

The proposal by state Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor comes after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would be open to the idea.

Republicans have typically been against any attempts to legalize marijuana.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he is against medical marijuana. And Gov. Scott Walker also says he opposes it.

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