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Thunderstorms predicted for today; 700 state Guard members will lose 11 days of pay; Proposed budget goes to full Legislature; More state news

June 17, 2013 in RiverTowns.net

Wisconsin News
More showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Wisconsin today as another cold front pushes through. About 700 Wisconsin National Guard members will lose 11 days of work and pay due to the federal budget sequester. Plus more briefs.
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Wisconsin falling behind other states in economic recovery; St. Paul courts Wisconsin’s gay couples; FFA bills Oshkosh show $500,000; More state briefs

June 6, 2013 in RiverTowns.net

Wisconsin News
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia ranks Wisconsin 49th in an index of leading economic growth indicators. A tourism group says St. Paul is the perfect destination for a wedding, a weekend or a vacation. The FAA is asking for payment to cover air traffic control and staff at the annual AirVenture convention.
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Groundbreaking set today for Stillwater Bridge; Little boy dies after parking lot accident; more state news

May 28, 2013 in RiverTowns.net

Wisconsin News
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held this afternoon in Stillwater, Minn., for the new $630 million bridge over the St. Croix River. A five-year-old boy died after being run over by a pickup truck backing into a parking stall at a restaurant in Fond du Lac County.

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Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend’s finance; Canine tornado survivors arrive in Green Bay; more state news

May 25, 2013 in RiverTowns.net

Wisconsin News
An Arizona man was charged Friday with killing the fiancée of his ex-girlfriend in Superior the death was first reported as a suicide. More than two dozen dogs that survived the Oklahoma tornado have been brought to Green Bay in the hopes that they’ll find new homes.
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Too cold to camp?; Joint Finance pulls UW funding increase; Budget committee endorses collecting DNA from suspects; more state news

May 24, 2013 in RiverTowns.net

Wisconsin News
It got down to 27 degrees in northern Wisconsin this morning, but somewhat warmer temps are expected for the weekend. Lawmakers rejected a proposed funding increase, taking their anger out on the UW for imposing maximum tuition increases for six straight years while quietly sitting on $650 million in cash reserves.
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Job situation: Back on track or derailed?; Wood-cutting accident caused wildfire that burned over 8,000 acres; more briefs

May 17, 2013 in RiverTowns.net

Wisconsin News
Wisconsin’s job picture is either exciting or lackluster, depending on which political party you believe. Smoke from logging equipment caused this week’s massive wildfire in far northwest Wisconsin.
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Studies: Endocrine disruptors, cocaine common in Minnesota waters; former DNR secretary calls for more testing in Wisconsin

May 14, 2013 in RiverTowns.net

Minnesota researchers found 56 chemicals — including cocaine– in the state’s waters, according to two studies released Monday that raise questions about potential impacts on wildlife and human health. Former Wisconsin DNR secretary George Meyer said the tests show that Wisconsin, which has not conducted similar studies on this scale, needs to develop a plan to figure out what’s in its water. Continue Reading

Blacks had higher voting percentage than whites in 2012; Study shows hospital prices for common procedures vary vastly; more state news

May 9, 2013 in RiverTowns.net

Wisconsin News
The Census Bureau found that 79% of black Wisconsin adults went to the polls in last fall’s presidential election, compared to 75% of non-Hispanic whites. There was a 10% margin of error in the Wisconsin survey due to the state’s relatively small numbers of black voters. According to numbers released by federal health officials, it pays to shop around before having common medical procedures.
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UW brass caught in crosshairs

May 8, 2013 in RiverTowns.net

Rebecca Blank, incoming chancellor of the UW-Madison, will be stepping into a host of controversies, drawing flak from all directions. As one UW-Madison student quipped, “Blank is not starting off with a blank slate.” Continue Reading

Bill limiting junk-food purchases with food stamps passes Assembly; Heroin use spikes in mid-Wisconsin; more state news

May 8, 2013 in RiverTowns.net

Wisconsin News
The state Assembly has voted to make Wisconsin the first state to force food stamp recipients to spend most of their benefits on healthy food. Marathon County sheriff’s official Gary Schneck said heroin use in the Wausau area has jumped rapidly in the last three years, and it started when drug-makers added time-release coatings to painkillers like OxyContin to cut down on their abuse.
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