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Wisconsin Legislators Want Powdered Alcohol Regulated the Same as Liquid Alcohol

Two Democratic state lawmakers have backed away from banning powdered alcohol and instead want to subject it to the same regulations as liquid alcohol. Sen. Tim Carpenter and Rep. Debra Kolste introduced a bill Monday to expand the state’s definition …

Missouri Paid $52M in 5 Years to Settle Suits Against Various Agencies

Missouri has paid more than $52 million over the last five years to settle lawsuits against various state agencies, according to information from the attorney general’s office. The House budget committee received the list of settlements just before a public …

Illinois Considers Cap on Former Pro Athlete Workers’ Comp

Should injured pro athletes be allowed to earn worker compensation benefits until they are 67 years old, like other workers, even if their athletic careers normally would have ended more than 30 years earlier? That issue is being debated between …

Minnesota Hospitals Reveal Slight Increase in Hospital Errors

Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers have reported that nearly 340 medical errors risked patient safety last year but medical mistakes resulting in patient deaths declined. The state Department of Health’s annual adverse health events report found four deaths caused by …

Ohio River Bridge Handling More Traffic, Seeing More Crashes

A bridge that carries highway traffic across the Ohio River near Cincinnati has been serving tens of thousands more vehicles a day than it was designed to handle. Time and traffic are wearing on the Brent Spence Bridge, which is …

Researchers Examine Ways to Protect Power Grids From Hackers

Reliability measures of electrical grid has risen to a new norm as it involves physical security and cybersecurity. Threats to either can trigger instability, leading to blackouts and economic losses. New research led by scientists from Michigan Technological University delves …

Wisconsin Gov. Administration Backs Off Apartment Sprinkler Move

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration reversed itself Wednesday and no longer plans to roll back a requirement for fire sprinklers in many new apartment buildings. The state Department of Safety and Professional Services recently advanced plans to end a requirement that …

Indiana Driver Involved in Double Fatal Tesla Crash Intoxicated at Time

The driver of a speeding Tesla electric car that crashed and burned in Indianapolis, Ind., killing her and a passenger, was too drunk to drive, according to a police report released Wednesday. The report, which includes toxicology test results, said …

South Dakota Legislators Consider Bill on Confidential Settlements

A bill that would roll back a provision in the state’s public records law that Sioux Falls, S.D., used to keep secret the details of a settlement over faulty siding at the Denny Sanford Premier Center is scheduled to be …

Wisconsin Legislators Reignite Fight Against Drunk Driving

Two Republican lawmakers have reintroduced three bills in the Wisconsin Legislature that would impose stiffer penalties and ignition interlock requirements for drunken drivers. Rep. Jim Ott of Mequon and Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills introduced the bills Thursday. One …

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