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State Senate Democrats expected to take up budget Wednesday

Madison (AP) — The Wisconsin state Senate is expected to begin debating the state budget Wednesday.

Senate Democrats met into the night on Monday behind closed doors to discuss changes they want to make to the two-year $62.2 billion spending plan. The Assembly passed its version early Saturday morning.

Democrats resumed negotiations Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker does not like two key changes made to the budget by the Assembly affecting gas taxes and the state’s liability laws. Decker supports Gov. Jim Doyle’s original proposals.

Feds have cleanup plan for Lake Superior shore in Ashland

Madison (AP) — Federal and state environmental officials are proposing a multimillion-dollar cleanup project in Ashland.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Natural Resources want to spend up to $97 million to clean up several properties within the city and about 16 acres in Chequamegon Bay.

Plans include removing contaminated soil, building barriers to contain contaminated groundwater and digging up wood waste and contaminated sediment. The problems stem from a gas plant that operated in the area until 1947.

Public hearings are scheduled June 17 and June 29 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland.

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