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PNS Daily Newscast - December 17, 2018 


Do GOP lawmakers have the votes to avoid a government shutdown? Also on the Monday rundown: groups laud Zinke’s departure, but worry about who’s next. Plus, a call for review of Veteran’s Administration dog research.

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Public News Service - WI: Civil Rights

Vel Phillips is the first black woman to graduate from a Wisconsin law school. She is the first woman and the first African-American to be elected Secretary of State and later was elected as a judge. (WI Dept. of Public Instruction)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – As Wisconsin celebrates Black History Month, an African-American state senator is calling on Wisconsinites to work together to make progress toward the goal of equality. LaTonya Johnson, a Milwaukee Democrat, says while celebrating the state's history-making African-America

Wisconsin's annual ceremony to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. is the oldest state celebration in the nation. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – With speeches, music, and awards, Wisconsin's official state observation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will begin at noon in the Capitol rotunda in Madison. This year's theme is "Do You Remember," featuring remarks from Milwaukee native Muhibb Dyer, who founded an org

The Supreme Court will decide this spring whether or not political boundary maps were drawn fairly in Wisconsin and Maryland, with implications for many other states. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. -- A Supreme Court decision expected this spring will likely impact the way every state draws its political boundaries. The case, Gill v. Whitford, is concerned with the way Wisconsin Republicans drew the state's political map in 2011. The process of drawing the maps, done by outside

Setting clear expectations about what kind of behavior is not acceptable at a holiday party can go a long way toward minimizing bad outcomes. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Holiday parties can be fun, but they can also create an environment for bad judgment. With the ongoing revelations about high profile careers being derailed or ended by charges of sexual harassment, it's wise to plan your holiday party carefully, whether you're hosting or att

A UW-Madison legal expert says those seeking to renew their DACA permits should also seek other forms of immigration relief. (house.gov)

MADISON, Wis. – About 7,600 young immigrants living in Wisconsin are DACA participants, who were children when they arrived in the U.S. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals permits that allow many of these so-called Dreamers to remain here are set to expire soon. There's an Oct. 5 de

A federal report says as many as 300,000 Wisconsinites do not have a driver's license or other acceptable form of voter ID. (Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation)

MADISON, Wis. – During his campaign, President Donald Trump repeatedly alleged massive and widespread voter fraud in the U.S. election system. After his election, he claimed this voter fraud kept him from winning the popular vote. Now, the president has signed an executive order creating a

In November, a three-judge federal panel ruled Wisconsin's political boundaries must be redrawn to make everyone's vote count equally. (bbourdages/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – In November, a three-judge federal panel ruled that Wisconsin's political maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered, and in late January the panel ordered the state to redraw the maps in a fair manner by the first of November. Now, the Republican leaders of the state Legisla

A driver's license is valid photo ID for voting in Wisconsin today. (Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation)

MADISON, Wis. – The most important thing Wisconsin voters should know about today's election is that photo ID will be required to vote. There are a few very special exceptions to this new law, but the Wisconsin Elections Commission reminds voters to bring photo ID with them to the polls. In mo

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