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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A new pilot program in southern Wisconsin is offering help for women who are pregnant and are dealing with substance abuse. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that SSM Health and Safe Communities of Madison-Dane County have partnered together to create the Pregnancy2Recovery program in Dane County. It launched at Safe Communities in August, and the partnership was finalized in December. The program connects pregnant women struggling with substance abuse with a recovery coach.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is updating its walleye management plan for the Lake Winnebago System for the first time in 27 years. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the department is working with the Winnebago Fisheries Advisory Committee to update the plan. The committee is comprised of fishers and fishing clubs along the system, which includes four lakes and a river. One issue the draft plan will consider is reducing the number of walleye licensed anglers can catch per day.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans who control the state Legislature are officially calling themselves back into session to revise Wisconsin's special election statutes. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald issued a joint statement Friday saying they were calling both houses back.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says an Assembly bill that would expand background checks on long-gun buyers is all but dead. The Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would require the state Department of Justice to conduct background checks on long-gun purchasers.

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