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Anchored by Frederica Freyberg, Here & Now is Wisconsin’s weekly in-depth news and public affairs program where civic and political leaders provide context to the issues at the forefront of life in Wisconsin.

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February 17, 2017

First Look: Patritto On Possible Rural Schools Funding Boost

Chris Patritto is the administrator of the rural Hurley school district. Gov. Scott Walker's state biennial budget proposal would boost funding by $31 million for rural districts to help fill gaps from declining enrollment and transportation costs. The budget would increase funding for K-12 schools by $649 million over the next two years.

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February 17, 2017

Closer Look: UW Professor On Trump Administration Turmoil

Ken Mayer is a political science professor and expert on presidential power at UW-Madison. He calls the amount of chaos in the White House currently "unprecedented." Mayer said the turmoil coming from President Donald Trump's administration has had consequences, including unclear parameters in his recent executive order limiting travel into the United States from certain countries.

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February 17, 2017

UW Professor Discusses How Wisconsinites Talk About Politics

UW-Madison political science and journalism professor Mike Wagner co-published a recent paper looking into how Wisconsinites talked, and didn't talk, about Gov. Scott Walker's controversial Act 10 law in 2011. The law struck collective bargaining abilities from public-sector unions and sparked massive protests at the state Capitol. The paper is published in the Journal of Communication.

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February 17, 2017

Look Ahead: Refugee Program Director On Trump Order

Shortly after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from coming into the country. Mary Flynn is the Lutheran Social Services refugee resettlement program director. She talked about how the legal turmoil surrounding the order has affected operations at her organization.

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February 17, 2017

Wisconsin Look: Families Fight For Medical Marijuana Extract

The state Assembly Committee on Children and Families heard testimonies for a bill Wednesday that would legalize possession of marijuana extract used to treat symptoms of seizure-causing conditions like epilepsy. The extract is known as CBD oil and is already fully legal in some other states. Skeptics of the bill point out it will not give families a place to buy the product in the state.

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