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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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May 19, 2017

Republican State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo details two bills that target serious juvenile crime.

March 10, 2017

The state Assembly passed the two bills this week. One legalizes a medical marijuana extract, known as CBD oil, which has been proven useful in treating patients with seizure disorders. The other allows terminally ill patients to try drugs that have not yet been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

March 10, 2017

Donna Friedsam is a policy director at UW-Madison Population Health Institute. Congress this week unveiled their long-awaited alternative to the Affordable Care Act. It takes away individual mandates and phases out Medicaid expansion.

March 3, 2017

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., discussed President Donald Trump's first addresses to Congress. Trump struck a relatively unifying tone compared to much of his past rhetoric. Grothman said this is the demeanor he expects Trump to assume for the rest of his time in office.

March 3, 2017

Chad Billeb, the Deputy Sheriff of Marathon County, talked about undocumented immigrants' fear due to the new administration's emphasis on stricter deportation enforcement. Billeb said some in the large Hispanic population in and around Wausau are scared to go about their daily routine for fear of deportation. The Sheriff Department is now doing its best to quell those fears.

March 3, 2017

La Movida is the state's first Spanish language radio station, and they're looking to educate Madison's Hispanic community about what's going on. The husband and wife who run the station say they're looking to debunk rumors and calm the fears of many undocumented immigrants in the community. They've been talking to local law enforcement and public officials about the reality of the current situation.

March 3, 2017

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., talked about President Donald Trump first month and a half in office. Trump gave his first address to Congress this week. Pocan brought college student Lupe Salmeron, a DACA recipient, to the address in which Trump vowed once again to ramp up border security and deportation for undocumented immigrants.

March 3, 2017

The measure would allow industrial wells without state review in places already permitted for wells. An Assembly committee took out a provision that would have expanded citizen's rights to sue the operators of the high-power pumps, which many have linked to problems in streams, lakes and drinking water. The bill now matches its companion in the state Senate.

March 3, 2017

Wisconsin U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan and Glenn Grothman talk about President Donald Trump's first Congressional address, Marathon County Deputy Sheriff talks about quelling the fears of undocumented immigrants in his community and a look into how a Spanish language radio station in Madison is looking to educate the Hispanic community.

February 24, 2017

State Sens. Vinehout, D-Alma, and Kapenga, R-Delafield, discuss the state's transportation funding, Executive Director of the Midwestern Commission to Reduce Immigration Dave Gorak and immigrant-employing dairy farmer John Rosenow talk about the implications of a recent Homeland Security memo expanding immigrants classified as high priority for deportation and a look into welfare reform effects.

February 24, 2017

State Sens. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, and Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, discuss transportation funding in the state budget. A recent audit of Wisconsin's Department of Transportation had a hearing at the Capitol this week. It found major highway projects would cost $3.1 billion more than original estimates and the condition of highways rated in good condition dropped between 2010 and 2015.

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