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Michigan panel urges temporary shutdown of Mackinac pipeline

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A government panel is urging the temporary shutdown of twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac until the company that operates them can finish inspections and repair coating gaps. The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board on Monday approved the non-binding resolution after some board members expressed opposition to a recent…

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Bill would create state-certified Wisconsin beer label

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill circulating in the Legislature would create a new state-certified Wisconsin beer label. To get the special designation, the beer would have to include a certain percentage of hops grown in Wisconsin. The measure comes from Republican Rep. Scott Krug, of Nekoosa. He says in a memo seeking co-sponsors that…

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Local elections: New challengers emerge in Marathon County race

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So far, four current members of the Marathon County Board of Supervisors say they won’t run again, while seven newcomers are in the mix for the spring election. Candidates began circulating nomination papers on Dec. 1. As of Monday, Dec. 11, board members Joel Lewis, Orval Quamme, Lee Peek and Sherry Abitz have filed non-candidacy…

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Lawsuit claims some Honda vehicles are dangerous

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By Shereen Siewert A class action lawsuit filed last week in California claims Honda Civic 2016-2018 models with CVT transmissions might not be in “park” when indicated, making them dangerous. These vehicles can roll away when the driver exits the vehicle, causing crashes and injuries, the lawsuit states. The lawsuit is relying partially on complaints…

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Seventh Circuit denies new trial for ‘Making a Murderer’ subject

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By Kevin Lessmiller/Courthouse News (CN) – A divided en banc Seventh Circuit ruled Friday that Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer” fame is not entitled to a new murder trial, finding that his controversial confession as a teenager was not coerced. Dassey, a 16-year-old with “intellectual deficits” at the time of his interrogation and arrest,…

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RiverWolves fall 8-1 to Freeze

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After a dominating Friday night win, the Wausau RiverWolves on Saturday were unable to get their offense going, falling 8-1 to the visiting La Crosse Freeze. Both teams are in the central division, with La Crosse in second place. The RiverWolves are in fifth place. During Saturday’s game, the lone goal by Wausau came from…

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Hemp, now legal to grow, can be turned into food, clothes, insulation and construction materials

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EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) — Hemp advocates say Wisconsin’s marketplace must get up to speed now that hemp production has been legalized in the state. Farmers will have to learn how to grow hemp, obtain seeds, modify farm equipment and build hemp processing plants, the Janesville Gazette reported. “That economic supply chain is going to…

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