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Saturday, September 20, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 66.0° F  Light Rain
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Wisconsin mining bills introduced; Court of Appeals overturns Act 10 decision; former Walker aide Tim Russell sentensed to prison
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Wednesday, 1.16
State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) introduces a mining bill almost identical to one that was narrowly defeated last session. Critics say the bill would allow the disposal of mining waste in streams and wetlands, and would prompt lawsuits and heightened federal oversight.

Officials lock down Leopold Elementary School on Madison's south side after reports of gunfire. No injuries are reported and the school returns to normal.

Friday, 1.18
In a 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court decision voiding much of Act 10, the law that stripped public employees of most collective bargaining rights. Conservatives cheer and liberals cringe, while all eyes turn to another court challenge that argues the law violates the state constitution.

Saturday, 1.19
A few hundred people demonstrate against gun control at the Capitol for Gun Appreciation Day. Yes, let's all take a moment to appreciate the wonderful things guns have done for humanity.

Sunday, 1.20
Aryle Dahlke, 66, dies after being found lying alongside Portage Road on the city's east side. A preliminary autopsy finds Dahlke died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

Monday, 1.21
The Associated Press reports that Punjab Singh, a victim of the mass shooting at the Oak Creek Sikh temple on Aug. 5, has made slow but "remarkable" progress in his recovery. He has pulled out of a coma and is now alert and responsive. A gunman killed six worshipers and injured three before killing himself.

Tuesday, 1.22
Tim Russell, a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive, is sentenced to two years in prison and five years of probation for stealing money from a veterans group. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge David Hansher tells Russell: "I find that you don't even have any shame."

Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) introduces a rival bill for mining reform. His proposal differs from the Republicans' by creating a longer timeframe for project approval and allowing more public input.

Gov. Walker and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) say they are trying to give all families a $200 tax cut in the budget they're working on.

Wednesday, 1.23
Hearings on the proposed mining law are held at the Capitol. See Nora G. Hertel's report.

Compiled, in part, from local media.

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