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Assembly approves school hours billSubmitted: 03/18/2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would end a requirement that schools teach for 180 days a year or lose state funding.

The Republican measure would allow schools to extend their days rather than force them to stay open later in the summer to make up time lost to weather-related closings and parent-teacher conferences. Schools that don't meet the hourly quota would still lose state aid.

Rural schools support the proposal as a way of saving money by keeping doors closed and avoiding higher transportation costs.

The Senate passed the bill last week on a voice vote. The Assembly approved it on a voice vote Tuesday. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.



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The Joe Bucher Blues Fest is the biggest blues festival in northern Wisconsin. More than 350 people come to the festival every year. All of the money raised is donated to the Northland Pines sports teams.

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Pilots take to the sky in Air Cup Race Submitted: 07/27/2014

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46 Pilots from across the country competed in the EAA AirVenture Cup Race. This is the 17th year racers took to the sky, but it's the first time they made a pit stop in Wausau.

The chairman for the race says it's all about having fun with your friends.

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