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The Truth about Layaway

Updated: 11/23/2011 - Many retailers have brought back the layaway plan to help low-income consumers buy presents during the holidays. But questions are being raised about the cost of those plans, and New York Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on retailers to be clear about what layaway could actually cost you.

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UW-Madison Students to Get IDs for Voting

Updated: 11/21/2011 - University of Wisconsin-Madison students who do not have valid Wisconsin identification will be issued free IDs to be used for voting.

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Applications for Unemployment aid Drop to 390,000

Posted: 11/10/2011 - The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level since April, which suggests employers could be stepping up hiring.

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Republicans Say no Changes to Medicaid Changes

Posted: 11/10/2011 - Republicans in control of the Legislature's budget committee say no changes are planned to Gov. Scott Walker administration's proposal to cut roughly half a billion dollars from Medicaid programs.

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Wausau's FBI Office May be Closed

Updated: 11/08/2011 - The FBI office in Wausau is among three in Wisconsin that may be closed, according to a news release from U.S. Senator Herb Kohl's office.

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Weston Voters to Decide Future of Bus Service

Updated: 11/07/2011 - Monday night the village board voted unanimously to send the issue to referendum rather than pass an ordinance that would continue bus services immediately.

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New Formula Would Reduce Social Security Increases

Posted: 11/07/2011 - Just as 55 million Social Security recipients are about to get their first benefit increase in three years, Congress is looking at reducing future raises by adopting a new measure of inflation that also would increase taxes for most families -- the biggest impact falling on those with low incomes.

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Assembly Passes Tax Enforcement Changes

Posted: 11/03/2011 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill changing Wisconsin's tax enforcement procedures has passed the Republican-controlled Legislature over objections from Democrats who say it would benefit tax cheats.

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Chase, Wells Fargo Drop Debit Fee Plans

Posted: 10/31/2011 - Two of the nation's largest banks, Chase and Wells Fargo, will not impose fees on customers who use their debit cards, after consumer backlash to Bank of America's announcement that it would charge a $5 monthly fee on debit card users.

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Obama to Offer Student Loan Relief

Posted: 10/26/2011 - Millions of student loan borrowers will be eligible to lower their payments and consolidate their loans under a plan President Barack Obama intends to announce Wednesday, the White House said.

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Save Time and Money at the Grocery Store

Updated: 10/24/2011 - A weaker dollar and increased global food demand continue to drive up the price at the grocery store. However, an easy way to still get what you need but save dramatically is to buy store brand products.

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Forecast Predicts Weakened State Economy

Posted: 10/21/2011 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new forecast by the state Department of Revenue says that Wisconsin's economy has weakened since the spring, following trends seen nationally.

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