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In Wisconsin, we know if you want to get ahead you have to work hard. Yet there are hardworking individuals in our state, working full-time and making minimum wage, who are unable to cover basic living expenses. The minimum wage in Wisconsin is not a living wage. An individual who works full-time making the current minimum wage of $7.25, brings in less than $300 a week or approximately $15,000 a year. This is $7,000 below the poverty rate for a family of four.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill aimed at curbing underage drinking. The so-called "Brown Jug bill" creates an additional $1,000 fine for those under age 21 who buy or drink alcohol. The measure gives bars the ability to report underage drinkers to police and then take them to court. The underage drinker would be required to pay the business owner $1,000 if found guilty.
Kevin McHale's mother, Josephine, died Tuesday night in Hibbing and there is no word when the Houston Rockets head coach will return to the NBA team. McHale missed a second straight day of practice Wednesday. The Rockets begin a West Coast road trip tonight at Portland, and continue at Golden State on Friday and Sacramento on Sunday. Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has taken over coaching duties in McHale's absence. Josephine McHale was 86 and is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.