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Cashing in on Unused Giftcards

Posted: 01/06/2012 - It’s been dubbed “the gift that always fits.” Nowadays, just about every business offers a giftcard. So what’s if Santa brings you a gift card to a store or restaurant you never visit?

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Retailers Report Solid Finale to Holidays

Posted: 01/05/2012 - But merchants relied on heavy discounting to get shoppers to buy in a challenging economy, raising concern about what it will take to get them to spend again in coming months.

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BBB Warns Homeowners to be Wary of Company Selling Deeds

Updated: 01/04/2012 - The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers not to be duped by a company that is selling homeowners their property deeds for an exorbitant price – almost 30 times the price if they bought it themselves.

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New Law Imposes Jobless Benefits Wait

Updated: 01/03/2012 - The one-week waiting period before unemployed workers can begin collecting benefits is expected to save the state an estimated $45 million a year. More than three dozen other states have adopted a waiting period.

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Oil Price Above $100 on Rising Consumer Confidence

Posted: 12/27/2011 - Prices have risen in the past week as encouraging U.S. economic news pointed to stronger future demand. A private survey released Tuesday showed consumer confidence this month surged to levels not seen since April and was near a post-recession peak.

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AAA Study Shows Motorists Keeping Cars Longer

Posted: 12/27/2011 - In 2008, the typical age of a vehicle needing roadside service was six-years-old. Today, that number has quickly grown to nine years, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

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Victims of Dishonest Lawyers Paid $2 Million

Updated: 12/22/2011 - Records analyzed by the Journal Sentinel show the payments by the Wisconsin Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection nearly doubled the amount paid the previous six years.

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Walker Restores Funding for Sex Assault Victims

Posted: 12/20/2011 - Gov. Scott Walker has exempted the state Department of Justice from certain budget cuts that would have led to decreased funding for organizations that help sexual assault victims.

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US Stocks Headed for Higher Open

Posted: 12/20/2011 - U.S. stocks are poised to rise Tuesday as encouraging signs from Europe's largest economy gave some relief from overhanging fears of the eurozone's troubles.

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UPDATE: Associated Bank Plans to Close 21 Branches

Updated: 12/19/2011 - We now know two area locations will be among those scheduled to close. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the location at 2711 W. Stewart Ave. in Wausau and 900 E. Riverview in Wisconsin Rapids will be affected.

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Dec. 16 is Free Shipping Day

Posted: 12/16/2011 - For folks who stayed home on Black Friday and spurned Cyber Monday, today's another chance to save some money on holiday gifts.

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Wisconsin Loses Jobs for Fifth Straight Month

Updated: 12/15/2011 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The number of private sector jobs in Wisconsin dropped in November for the fifth straight month, even as the state's unemployment rate improved.

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Fixed Mortgage Rates Drop again to Record Lows

Posted: 12/15/2011 - The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell back down to 3.94 percent, the record low set earlier in the fall. Low rates offer a great opportunity for those who can afford to buy or refinance. Still, few people are able to take advantage of them.

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WI School Board Denies Amputated Finger Claim

Posted: 12/13/2011 - Mariah Yang was injured trying to retrieve a volleyball from Madison Middle School's bleachers. Her family sought $100,000 from the district to cover the girl's medical bills and "past and future pain and suffering."

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Retail Sales Rises for Sixth Straight Month

Posted: 12/13/2011 - Americans spent more on autos, furniture and clothing during the start of the holiday shopping season, boosting retail sales for the sixth straight month.

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Wis. Customers Paid $6.3 Million in Back Bills

Posted: 12/11/2011 - A newspaper analysis finds that the 94 electric utilities operating in Wisconsin imposed $6.3 million in back charges on nearly 7,700 customers last year due to faulty meters, data entry mistakes and other issues.

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