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Silver Alert Begins Today

For about a decade, statewide Amber Alerts have helped authorities track down

missing and abducted children. Starting today, a similar service begins to help find missing older adults who are at risk. The Silver Alert program will use the state's Crime Alert Network to send messages to Wisconsin radio and TV stations. We asked Joel Labowski with the Department of Justice in Wisconsin if this is close to a child's Amber Alert.

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The state Legislature unanimously approved the new Silver Alert system, and Governor Scott Walker did the same in April.  About 30 states have similar networks in place.

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