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E-CIGARETTE BAN

Wisconsin lawmaker hopes to end 'vaping' indoors

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lawmakers are set to reignite conversations this week about whether vaping — using electronic cigarettes and other vapor smoking devices — should be included in Wisconsin's smoking ban.

The ban took effect in 2010. It outlaws smoking in all public indoor locations, including restaurants and bars. But the ban does not currently apply to vaping, giving venue owners the right to decide whether or not to permit e-cigarettes.

Democratic Rep. Debra Kolste of Janesville says because the indoor smoking ban has been so successful, the bill seemed like common sense.

But the bill will face Republican opposition. Rep. Joel Kleefisch, a Republican from Oconomowoc, says he will introduce a bill to protect e-cigarettes from the ban.

GOP 2016-KOCH BROTHERS

Koch event drawing 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's another clear sign that the White House is on Marco Rubio's mind.

The first-term Florida senator was getting together again with the conservative billionaire and politically active Koch (kohk) brothers.

The setting was a California gathering late Sunday that's organized by Freedom Partners. That's the hub for the political machine backed by wealthy industrialists Charles and David Koch.

Among the other possible 2016 Republican candidates expecting to attend are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Rubio's trip West is another sign he's seriously thinking about getting into the 2016 race.

He met with his core group of 300 supporters on Friday and Saturday on Miami's South Beach.

And he's ditching his Senate schedule this week to raise money for a potential campaign.

BUS CRASH

11 hurt when bus crashes on I-94 in SE Wisconsin

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Police say 11 people were hurt but none seriously when a bus crashed on Interstate 94 in southeastern Wisconsin.

The Kenosha County sheriff's office says the coach-style commercial bus was returning from Milwaukee to the Chicago area when the driver suffered an apparent medical condition and collapsed about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

The bus, carrying 34 passengers, was going about 60 mph when it drifted into a concrete wall along the freeway's right shoulder, striking the wall two or three times before coming to rest.

Authorities say a passenger took the wheel after realizing the driver was no longer in his seat.

The 68-year-old driver was admitted to a Kenosha hospital. The driver was cooperative with the investigation and was not ticketed.

Eleven passengers were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

CHURCH-PEDESTRIANS KILLED

Couple struck, killed by SUV outside Wisconsin church

(Information in the following story is from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com)

CALEDONIA, Wis. (AP) — An elderly couple is dead after being struck by a sport utility vehicle as they left a church in southeastern Wisconsin.

Police say Oscar and Vernetta Lang, both 83 and from Caledonia, died after being struck about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Journal Times reports the couple was leaving Mass at St. Louis Catholic Church in Caledonia, where they were longtime members, when the accident happened.

The church's pastor, the Reverend Mark Danczyk, says two nurses who were attending Mass tried life-saving efforts while paramedics were on their way.

Danczyk says he was able to administer last rites to both victims before they died. He says the church is in shock.

The SUV driver, a 32-year-old Caledonia woman, was not hurt nor were two children riding in her vehicle.

LAKE ICE DEATH

Man dies after vehicle goes through Lake Winnebago ice

(Information in the following story is from: Post-Crescent Media, http://www.postcrescent.com)

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A 40-year-old Sussex man has died after his vehicle fell through the ice on Lake Winnebago.

Emergency crews were called just before 7 a.m. Sunday to the lake about two miles east of Oshkosh's Merritt Street boat landing. The operator of an all-terrain vehicle called for help after watching the vehicle fall through.

Divers from the Oshkosh Fire Department pulled the man and his 8-year-old son from the water. The two were taken to a hospital where the man died. Post-Crescent Media reports the condition of the boy wasn't immediately available.

Winnebago County sheriff's deputies didn't release their names pending notification of the family.

BIRTHDAY PARTY DROWNING

Boy drowns while attending birthday party at Milwaukee hotel

(Information in the following story is from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a 7-year-old boy has drowned while attending a birthday party at a hotel.

Police say the party was at the Comfort Suites Park Place hotel in northwest Milwaukee.

Police say the drowning happened Saturday afternoon. No names or details were released.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the investigation continues.

BOY RESCUED-FIRE

5-year-old Milwaukee boy recovering after house fire

(Information in the following story is from: WISN-TV, http://www.wisn.com)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 5-year-old Milwaukee boy found unresponsive in a house fire two weeks ago is recovering from his injuries at a local hospital.

Emmanuel Onukwugha was rescued by firefighters on Jan. 14 from a blaze on the city's northwest side. Officials said the boy was revived after he was found unconscious and not breathing on the first floor of his home. He was taken to a hospital, where he's being treated for second-degree burns to his face and neck.

His family tells WISN-TV that Emmanuel was moved out of intensive care Saturday night. Family members say he's expected to remain in the hospital for several more weeks.

Emmanuel's mother says she wishes she could meet the firefighter who saved her son.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.