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Morning State News Briefs: St. John's Bible on display at Marquette University

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MILWAUKEE - A hand-written replica of the Saint John's Bible will go on display this weekend at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Four volumes of the Bible's Heritage Edition will be part of a special exhibit at Marquette's Alumni Memorial Union from Sunday through next Friday. It's a reproduction of the original, and it has 160 illuminations on paper that's custom-made. The original bible is made up of seven volumes, and it's stored at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

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Two people have been charged with causing the drug-related death of a 22-year-old suburban Milwaukee woman almost two-and-a-half years ago. Bonds of 10-thousand-dollars have been ordered for 31-year-old Adam Clark of Waukesha and 25-year-old Megan Mikush of Milwaukee. Both are charged with reckless homicide in the August 2009 death of 22-year-old Mallory Feldmann of Greendale. According to prosecutors, all three were part of a group that partied by taking marijuana, vodka, an energy drink, and an anti-depressant. Clark is accused of buying the pain-killer Oxy-contin which eventually helped kill Feldmann. She reportedly took the drug at Clark's condominium in Waukesha. He told officers he bought the pain-killer as a gift to the women. Officials did not say why it took almost two-and-a-half years to file charges in the case.

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Wisconsin's two U.S. senators both voted with their parties yesterday, as the Senate threw out the Republican effort to repeal the health care reform law. The repeal failed on a 51-47 vote. It needed 60 votes to pass. Democrat Herb Kohl voted to keep the health package in place. Republican Ron Johnson voted to throw it out, saying quote, "Obama-care is the single greatest threat to our freedom in my lifetime." Johnson said he wanted to replace the law with quote, "common-sense market-based reforms that work." And he said he was glad his colleagues went on record, so everybody knows where the lawmakers stand. Senators did vote to repeal a requirement that businesses tell the government when they buy over $600 in goods-and-services from a single vendor in a one-year period. President Obama favors the repeal of that measure. Senators went along on an 81-17 vote. Wisconsin has joined a lawsuit in Florida to try and strike down the health reform law. A federal judge in that state ordered on Monday that the entire package be killed. The Supreme Court will ultimately decide on that.

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One of Wisconsin's two U.S. House freshmen says he's trying to get federal business regulations under control. Republican Reid Ribble of De Pere wants to start a Congressional Job Creators' Caucus that would push for a moratorium on federal regulations for two years. Ribble was a roofing contractor before being elected to Congress last November. He said he's working with other freshmen lawmakers of both parties with backgrounds in small business. Ribble said those people were running their own companies last year, so they know as well as anyone about the effects of federal regulations. Ribble said President Obama gave signs in his State-of-the-Union speech that Democrats are willing to meet Republicans halfway on issues like legal liability reform and spending cuts. Ribble said he liked Obama's investment plans for transportation and other infra-structure. But the new lawmaker is against the use of federal funds for energy-efficient projects - and he agrees with Obama that most subsidies for the major oil companies should be cut out. Ribble said he's a fan of green energy, but he does not believe there's a role for the federal government in it.

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The UW Extension Service is trying to find out how many home canners there are in Wisconsin, so it can offer food safety training. A law that's been on the books for nearly a year allows people to sell home-canned pickles, jams, and other foods without a license if they make less than five-thousand-dollars a year from it. Canners were asked to register with the state, but not even a dozen have done so. And Extension food scientist Barbara Ingham says there's got to be many more canners operating under the so-called "Pickle Bill" who didn't register. Ingham says more Wisconsinites want locally-made foods, and home canners are helping to meet the demand. The Extension Service plans to offer food safety workshops in various cities around the state beginning in March. They'll deal with recipe development, testing, and other basic food safety information. If you want to know more, here's a number to call - 608-263-7383.

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