Lawmakers in the Assembly passed a bill making it harder to force schools to drop Indian nicknames and mascots.
The bill puts the burden of proof onto the group complaining of discrimination: instead of making the school prove it isn’t discriminating. The Republican legislation also requires signatures totaling 10 percent of the student body, instead of letting an individual file a complaint.
Supporters say it makes the process more fair. Opponents call it discrimination.
Wisconsin’s No Call List is a step closer to changing.
Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst authored the bill, and says it would be better for Wisconsin residents and agencies to shift the state list to the federal Do Not Call List...
"...we're one of only 14 states that keeps a state list, the rest of them have moved it to the federal level and that is what we're going to do with this bill is have the federal government keep the no-call list..."
State lawmakers in the Assembly have passed a bill allowing a higher speed limit on rural interstates. The bill introduced by Republican Paul Tittl raises the cap on speeds to 70 miles per hour on some roads, up from 65.
The bill says 4-lane interstates could one day have the higher limit, but only after the DOT does a one-year study of safety impacts.
Many Democrats in the state assembly complained the bill was fast-tracked to a scheduled vote. Representative Fred Kessler of Milwaukee said key voices were missing from the bill’s public hearing.
Local organizations are helping put the spotlight on the importance of afterschool programs. Lights On Afterschool is an event happening nationwide. Old School Arts and Learning Center is having an open house Wednesday. Director Louise Perreault says programs are intended to keep kids from having to be home alone after school.
He said a many Americans had either been locked out of getting healthcare because of pre-existing conditions, or had to pay higher rates. He says women paid more because of pregnancy and other issues, but starting January 1, not anymore...
"....women on average are charged about one-and-a-half times more, on average, than a 22 year old male. Women are more responsible than men. You go to the doctor more, you get checkups more, you tend to get pregnant more, but that's a whole other issue..."
Too many questions remain, so the Oneida county board has moved to have a committee study more options for the former WPS building on Davenport Street. At issue is just what should be done with space needs for the UW-Extension, and Land and Water Conservation Departments now housed at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.
The Midwest has been hosting a lot of wildlife biologists lately. The International Wolf Symposium was held this past weekend in Duluth, Minnesota. A week earlier, the Wildlife Society held its annual conference in Milwaukee. DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland was at both. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with MacFarland to hear about the conference highlights.