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UW, WHA partnership hoping to bring better substance abuse treatment options for rural Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Hospital Association and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health are partnering to help rural Wisconsinites get access to substance abuse treatment. UW professor Dr. Randall Brown said that based on his team’s research, there is a clear need within the state’s rural communities right now. “We’ve been seeing a lot of trends going…

Medical marijuana bill gets hearing after Legislature done for year

MADISON, Wis. — The Republican author of a bill to legalize medical marijuana says a hearing on her bill after the Legislature is done for the year is the best she could get from GOP leaders. “I would have loved to hold a hearing a little bit earlier, but this is what leadership agreed to,” said Sen. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma….

WEC makes changes based on Audit Bureau’s recommendations

WISC-TV / Channel3000.comMADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Elections Commission is implementing some of the recommendations put forth by the Legislative Audit Bureau. The LAB presented 30 changes that the Commission could make, all of which were considered. “The Elections Commission takes the Audit Bureau’s recommendations seriously,” WEC Administrator Meagan Wolfe said in a statement. “The six-member, bi-partisan Commission has come…

Wisconsin’s drinking problem: State board releases 61 recommendations to lower excessive alcoholism

Jenny Hallett holds a photo of her daughter Brittany Rose, who died of alcohol addiction (WISC-TV Photo)ROCK COUNTY, Wis. — A cabinet in Jenny Hallett’s home bears the weight of remembering tragedy: daughter Brittany Rose’s favorite shot glass. A baby picture. Chapstick. Slippers Jenny sent Brittany while she celebrated Halloween inside the walls of a treatment center. The stuffed animals…

Richland Center police identify man found dead near walking path

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. — Richland Center police have identified the man who was found dead near a walking path earlier this week. In a Facebook post shared Tuesday, Richland Center Police Chief Billy J. Jones identified the man as 53-year-old Peter Schoepp of Richland Center.  RELATED: Richland Center police find body of person missing since November; foul play not…

UW-Madison students return from spring break, resume learning without mask mandate

MADISON, Wis. — For the first time in two years, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison can go to class without masks. The university lifted its mask mandate as of March 12 just as students left campus for spring break. Classes resumed — masking optional — on Monday. According to university officials, instructors may recommend but not require students to…

Dog taken during vehicle break-ins at Outlets at the Dells; suspect flees, police say

Courtesy: Lake Delton Police.LAKE DELTON, Wis. — Police in Lake Delton are searching for a dog taken during a vehicle break-in at the Outlets at the Dells Wednesday afternoon. Police said they responded to a call about an armed robbery at the outlet mall just after 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. In a news release, the Lake Delton Police Department said the…