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Evers furthers primary policy agendas through environmental, gun control action

Addressing gun control and environmental issues, Gov. Tony Evers signed executive orders Monday, pushing his fundamental policy platforms over the course of a week. Evers, along with Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, announced the latest executive order, which initiates a special session to discuss gun control and focus on universal background checks Monday in Milwaukee, Wausau and Eau Claire. 


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Fights at Lincoln Hills involve 26 inmates

A report from the Lincoln Hills School for Boys detailed the events of five altercations involving 26 inmates which occurred over a two-day period at the end of September.  The report shows evidence a guard was choked by one of the inmates, who is now facing charges for the incident, and other guards sustained knee, shoulder and nose injuries. At one point, five inmates climbed into the ceiling area and broke lights. 


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The hunt for 'Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin' ends with Big Boy Rifle on top

The fourth annual “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin,” competition presented its grand prize trophy to Henry Repeating Arm’s ‘Big Boy All Weather Rifle’ Tuesday in front of 500 of the state’s leading business influencers.  With over 240,000 votes cast on over 160 products initially nominated, the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce alongside Johnson Financial Group awarded the Rice Lake-based company the title after over two months of campaigning across the state. 


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Evers reinstates pardons following Dassey’s request

Gov. Tony Evers granted pardons to four ex-convicted felons Monday, issuing Wisconsin’s first executive pardons in more than nine years. This action came less than a week after a convicted felon featured on a popular Netflix docu-series petitioned for clemency.  After an eight-year drought under former Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Evers reinstated the pardon process in June and created a body that reviews clemency applications and makes recommendations at the governor’s instruction. 


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Harmful chemicals discovered in Monroe and Dane County creeks

High levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance contamination (PFAS) were found Monday in Starkweather Creek in Madison and Silver Creek in Monroe County.  The Department of Natural Resources’ findings showed significant amounts of the widely used chemical — often found in non-stick cookware and firefighting foam — in those areas as well as lower levels in three other water bodies across the state. 


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Democrats concerned with GOP’s proposed disability accommodations

GOP leaders proposed rule changes to allow members of the Assembly to call into committee meetings based on disability accommodations during a press conference Tuesday at the Capitol.  This change comes after a complaint from Rep. Jimmy Anderson, D-Fitchberg, who requested to digitally attend meetings he could not physically appear at this past January. 


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“Forward Together:” Democrats discuss legislative session priorities, emphasize increased action

Democratic representatives outlined their priorities for the upcoming Fall session in a press conference, “Forward Together,” at the Senate Parlor Monday focusing on values that put “families, workers and communities first.”  The 20-minute meeting led by Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, Rep. Sheila Stubbs, D-Madison, and Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, carried a frustrated tone on the lack of legislative action occurring, which representatives linked to the state of Wisconsin’s tense, split government.


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Manufacturing Madness: Wisconsin’s Coolest Products

The “Made In Wisconsin” competition is an opportunity to highlight the state’s manufacturing industry — which employs approximately one in five Wisconsinites. With over 150 products nominated and nearly 145,000 votes cast, the competition works to bring together communities from every corner of the state.  



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