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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 

    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

Public News Service - Wisconsin

PHOTO: There's really not much new money for Wisconsin public schools in Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Budget Project. It says the additional money in the budget actually will end up going back to taxpayers in the form of a property tax cut. Photo credit: Madison Metropolitan School District

MADISON, Wis. - According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Budget Project, Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-led legislature have proposed a budget that doesn't provide much in the way of new resources for the state's public schools. Tamarine Cornelius, a budget analyst with the...Read More

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Photo: Knowing CPR could determine whether someone lives or dies after cardiac arrest. Photo credit:

OAK CREEK, Wis. – Now that summer is officially here with all the outdoor activities that go along with it, knowing CPR and not being afraid to help someone in distress are vital skills. Lt. Scott Kasten, a paramedic with the Oak Creek Fire Department, says everyone should know CPR. "It can...Read More

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PHOTO: Estimates were as many as 184,000 Wisconsinites would have lost their affordable health insurance if the Supreme Court had ruled against the Affordable Care Act. The decision to uphold the ACA averted a crisis in Wisconsin, according to one affordable health-care advocate. Photo credit:

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Health-care advocates all across Wisconsin had been anxious about the Supreme Court's ruling in the King vs. Burwell case regarding federal tax credits for health-care coverage purchased through the federal health-insurance marketplace. Wisconsin is one of the states that did not ...Read More

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Photo: Pediatrician Dr. Dipesh Navsaria says reading is as important to child development as checkups. He is pleased that University of Wisconsin Health has provided budgetary support to expand the Reach Out And Read program to 28 locations in the UW Health system. He says books build better brains. (Photo provided by Dr. Navsaria)

MADISON, Wis. - According to a University of Wisconsin Health pediatrician, books build better brains. Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, medical director of Reach Out And Read Wisconsin, said a recent budget decision will allow the program, which now operates in 19 clinics, to expand to 28 UW-Health locations. ...Read More

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Photo: Distracted driving is not just a young person's problem. Statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation show nearly twice as many adults die in distracted driving accidents than teens. One solution: more education about the dangers of the practice. Photo credit:

NEW AUBURN, Wis. – There is an inattentive driving wreck somewhere in Wisconsin every 20 minutes, says Joel Brodd, an attorney who practices in New Auburn. Over the past few years, Brodd has given talks to thousands of high school students, trying to educate them about the dangers of distrac...Read More

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PHOTO: A bill to ban abortions in Wisconsin after the 20th week of pregnancy has passed the state Senate and will move on to the state Assembly. The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Organization for Women is among the groups protesting the legislation. Photo courtesy: University of Omaha

MADISON, Wis. - Political theater is nothing new to Madison, but an event to be held at 4 p.m. today on the Capitol Square is a unique attempt to stop a 20-week abortion ban, which passed the state Senate last week. Dayna Long, president of the Wisconsin chapter of the National Organization for Wom...Read More

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PHOTO: The state's largest environmental organization, Clean Wisconsin, says Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget contains cuts to the Department of Natural Resources that go too deep and will jeopardize the state's crown jewels - clean air and clean water. Photo courtesy Clean Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget includes some very deep cuts to the ranks of the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Scientific Services. Many of the scientists hold Master's and doctoral degrees, and Amber Meyer Smith, director of Programs and Government Relations ...Read More

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PHOTO: A Republican proposal being considered at the Wisconsin State Capitol would dismantle the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau. Three 'good government' groups in the state, including Common Cause of Wisconsin, say the attempt is payback for an agency report that exposed gross mismanagement in one of Governor Scott Walker's signature agencies. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

MADISON, Wis. – Calling it a partisan attempt to eliminate an independent entity that can identify and investigate political corruption in Wisconsin, Common Cause and two other watchdog groups have condemned a proposal to eliminate the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau. Jay Heck, director ...Read More

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