MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Legislature's finance committee has approved a plan in Gov. Scott Walker's budget that would relax Wisconsin's chronic wasting disease testing protocols and allow elk importation.
The Department of Natural Resources wants to bring more elk into the state in hopes of launching a hunt. But state officials have outlawed importing elk unless the animals come from a herd verified as CWD-free for five years. The rule halted importation because no live CWD test exists.
Walker's budget would allow importation if the DNR takes practical steps to ensure the animals' health.
The committee revised the budget to say state agriculture officials must take the steps to make sure the herd is healthy rather than the DNR and approved the rest of the language on a 12-4 vote.
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After almost 80 years, a piece of naval history is on its way home. A model of the Japanese luxury liner Hikawa Maru is being packed up in Manitowoc and returned to Japan.
Visitors to Green Bay's Neville Public Museum will soon see hours slashed. The county-owned attraction is cutting access starting the first of the year.
An 11-foot-long model of the Japanese passenger liner Hikawa Maru is being sent back to Japan after 34 years at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
Area volunteers are making a difference in the community this holiday season. At this time of the year, many people are looking for ways to help their neighbors. The Salvation Army is one of the many places where you can do just that.
For the second year in a row, St. Norbert College could house overflow of homeless people from the St. John the Evangelist shelter in Green Bay.
A memorial fund has been created for a Grand Chute firefighter killed in a weekend car crash.