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New legislative session begins today -- Walker predicts less turbulence; Tech college teachers earn more than UW instructors; more briefs

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A festive atmosphere is planned at the State Capitol today as Wisconsin legislators begin their new session.

They'll take their oaths of office at 2 p.m. and will attend separate receptions for each house.

Republicans have large enough majorities in both houses to pass anything they want - just like they did in the last session until moderate Senator Dale Schultz stopped the hardline conservatives from passing a mining bill with reduced environmental protections.

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