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WISCONSIN NEWS BRIEFS: Assembly Speaker supports bill to raise speed limit

MADISON - State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington) says he will back a bill to raise the state’s speed limit to 70 miles-per-hour.

Current speed limits are at 65, Vos says the additional five miles-per-hour would help interstate and highway traffic in the state. A similar bill in 2005 was introduced, but never made stream. Several Midwest states have increased speed limits recently, including Illinois – who recently passed a similar bill and now awaits approval from the Governor. A public opinion poll from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel shows about 66-percent of Wisconsinites want an increase in speed limits. 


Authorities say they are investigating a Northeast Wisconsin man for alleged animal neglect. Shawano police say about 50 animals were found dead at the property of a 39-year-old man, who is going through foreclosure. Another 15 animals were also found, including two dogs and other small animals. While charges have not been filed yet, authorities say pending their investigation – charges could be coming soon. 


Some Medicaid recipients will be receiving a disappointing letter from the state next month, notifying them of a loss of coverage. An estimated 92,000 people will lose BadgerCare coverage - in part - to Governor Scott Walker’s budget. The letter will notify people about how they can purchase federal subsidized insurance and their options. Governor Walker turned down rejected federal monies during the budget process this legislative session. Medicaid director Brett Davis says the letters will be sent out on September.