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Wisconsin people receiving food benefits would have to spend at least 67 percent of them on healthy foods, while certain items would be banned, under a bill the Assembly approved Wednesday.

The prohibited items would include crab, lobster and shrimp.

The bill now moves to the state Senate, which did not consider a similar bill last session.

Any such changes to the FoodShare program in Wisconsin would have to be approved by the federal government - because it funds the program.  So far, the USDA has not given any state permission to impose such restrictions.

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A lab at UW-Milwaukee began creating 3D-printed hands after a girl asked for one for Christmas.

The girl is Shea Stollenwerk of Mukwonago, who’s now in fourth grade. She was born with one fully-formed hand, and one with no fingers.

Shea’s mom Ranee says Shea learned to do just about everything, without wanting an artificial hand. Then she changed her mind about a year and a half ago, after discovering a YouTube video of a boy using a 3D printed prosthetic hand.

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Two Republican lawmakers are working on a plan that would turn over control of several struggling Milwaukee Public Schools to an independent body.  Details of the plan by Representative Dale Kooyenga and Senator Alberta Darling emerged this week, though no bill has yet been introduced.

Grammy-nominated Broadway performer Cheyenne Jackson is a celebrated entertainer widely known for his roles on the television shows Glee and 30 Rock. He first garnered acclaim on Broadway where his soaring voice, charisma, and matinee idol looks won over both audiences and critics. Jackson has performed at The Kennedy Center, sold out Carnegie Hall, and was a principal soloist on West Side Story, which was nominated for Best Musical Theater Album at the 2015 Grammys.

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It appeared on Tuesday that Milwaukee’s Common Council would reduce the fine for marijuana possession.

Currently, the fine for possessing up to 25 grams is from $250 to $500. Ald. Nik Kovac wants to lower the penalty to from $0 to $50.

Kovac says the fine is unfair to black residents.

“Out of about 1,500 tickets last year, 1,250 were issued to African Americans, in a city that has approximately the same number of African Americans as whites,” Kovac says.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne says he will not file charges against Officer Matt Kenny, for shooting to death 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr., this past March 6.

Ozanne prefaced his decision with personal notes and lengthy details about what his investigation found.

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The health care environment in southeastern Wisconsin is a competitive one, with several major players vying for dominance. One of those players got a big dose of good financial news late last week.

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The term “rape culture” has been used to describe recent stories of fraternity scandals and the assault allegations against celebrities such as Bill Cosby, Jian Gomeshi, football player Ray Rice and others.

Now, a story that Wisconsin author Kathie Giorgio originally started two decades ago has been published as a response to the increased attention to rape and the attitudes towards its victims.

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Lindy Vopnfjord grew up in Manitoba. But as his name would suggest, he is of Icelandic heritage.  Vopnfjord came through Milwaukee a few days ago, touring in support of the band Whitehorse.

We'll air a full interview with him in the days to come, but he recorded a new song in the Lake Effect studio while he was here. 

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