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Cheap Ride: More Wisconsin Towns Let Golf Carts Putter About

Posted: 08/06/2008 - Dozens of communities in Wisconsin and nationwide are responding to $4-a-gallon gasoline by allowing souped-up golf carts to run on their roads. At least 40 Wisconsin communities, including Milwaukee and Madison, permit the vehicles on their roads, and more are considering it.

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UW-Madison Finishes Chancellor's Home $2.4 Million Renovations

Posted: 08/04/2008 - Biddy Martin will have a newly renovated home when she takes over as the new chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison later this month. She will move into Olin House, which has just undergone a $2.4 million renovation.

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High Fuel Price Makes Garbage Collection Costly

Posted: 08/04/2008 - The high price of fuel is affecting nearly everything - including garbage removal. Wisconsin communities are paying more to have waste hauled away. The Milwaukee Public Works Department says the city will probably pay $2 million more for diesel fuel and gas this year than it had budgeted.

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Foreclosure Filings Continue at Record Pace

Updated: 08/04/2008 - Foreclosure filings in Wisconsin continue at a record pace in July. New figures from the tracking company ForeclosuresWI.com released Monday show nearly 14,300 filings in the first seven months of the year. That's a 31 percent increase over the same period last year.

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Minimum Wage Increase Sought in Wisconsin

Posted: 08/03/2008 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's minimum wage would increase to $7.25 per hour next July to match the federal rate under a proposal subject to a public hearing this week.

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DOJ to Release More Records in Fundraising Probe

Posted: 08/03/2008 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice is expected to release 20,000 more documents related to its investigation of Governor Jim Doyle's fundraising this week.

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Police, Troopers Cut Down on Gas Amid High Prices

Posted: 07/24/2008 - Wisconsin police and sheriff's departments are trying to cut back on gas consumption like everyone else as prices remain high. Dane County Sheriff's deputies have been told not to leave cars idling during traffic stops.

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AirTran Adds Flights From Milwaukee

Updated: 07/24/2008 - AirTran Airways says it will expand service at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee by offering nonstop flights to eight cities. AirTran says it will add nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale.

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Tattoo Parlors, Hotels Targeted for Higher Fees

Posted: 07/23/2008 - Tattoo parlors, hotels and restaurants, and many others would have to pay new and higher fees to the state under a proposal to help plug a budget hole. The state Department of Health Services hopes the increased fees will be enough to dig out of a projected $2.5 million deficit for its inspection program.

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Doyle Asks FEMA for More Help with Flooding Recovery

Posted: 07/23/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle wants federal emergency officials to send more help to Wisconsin as the state recovers from June's floods. Doyle met with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator David Paulison in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

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Pentair to Close Plant in Sheboygan, 350 Jobs Lost

Posted: 07/23/2008 - Minnesota-based Pentair Inc. says it will close its Sheboygan plant by June and eliminate about 350 jobs. Pentair makes commercial and residential water-filtration units. It said Tuesday it also will close a Sheboygan Falls distribution center.

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Marathon County to Keep Ownership of Once Struggling Nursing Home

Updated: 07/22/2008 - Marathon County is expected to maintain ownership of the Mount View Care Center when the issue is scheduled to be voted on in August. In a news release sent Tuesday, a new administrator and oversight committee have the nursing home heading in the right financial direction.

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Wisconsin Hands Out Flood Grants to Boost Tourism

Posted: 07/22/2008 - Wisconsin officials have handed out nearly $230,000 in grants to bolster Wisconsin tourism after last month's floods. Gov. Jim Doyle approved $250,000 worth of grants to step up marketing and promotion after national reports of extensive flood damage in Wisconsin.

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Report: Wisconsin Property Taxes Among Highest

Posted: 07/22/2008 - A new report says Wisconsin homeowners pay the ninth highest property taxes in the country. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance report found Wisconsin property taxes averaged 4.4 percent of personal income in 2006. The national average was 3.5 percent.

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140 To Lose Jobs at Schreiber Foods in Rapids

Updated: 07/18/2008 - A company spokeswoman says 140 jobs are being cut from the Schreiber Foods plant in Wisconsin Rapids. They are being moved to one of the company's plants in Missouri.

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Banking Industry Healthy In Wisconsin

Updated: 07/16/2008 - Banking customers will lose more than 1-billion dollars in deposits made to California based bank Indymac. Federal investigators took it over on Friday. Todd Nicklaus, the Chairman of River Valley Bank in Wisconsin says the banking the industry in our state is financially healthy.

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Nine Eau Claire County Homes for $1 Each

Updated: 07/14/2008 - Eau Claire County paid about $1 million for nine houses in order to clear the land for a new jail and parking lot. The county is selling the houses for as little as $1 a piece, but the buyers have to pay to move them to a location of their choice.

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Midwest Airlines Cuts Staff by 40 Percent

Updated: 07/14/2008 - Midwest Airlines says it will reduce its work force by 1,200 people as it removes its fleet of 12 MD-80 jets from service. The cuts represent about 40 percent of current staffing at Midwest and its Skyway subsidiary, the company says.

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Outagamie County Considers 4-Day Work Week

Posted: 07/10/2008 - Outagamie County Executive Toby Paltzer has asked his staff to create a plan for closing the county's main administration building one day a week. Paltzer says he envisions having county employees work four, 10-hour days. Offices would have longer hours on the days they're open.

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Northern Bay Resort Files for Bankruptcy

Posted: 07/01/2008 - The company that owns Northern Bay Golf Resort & Marina north of Wisconsin Dells has filed for bankruptcy restructuring. Northern Bay says the filing will not impact operations at the resort, golf course or marina.

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Southeast Wis. Drivers Pay More for 'Cleaner' Gas

Posted: 07/01/2008 - State and federal officials say it's no longer clear that the reformulated gas in southeastern Wisconsin is worth the extra 14 cents per gallon. Improvements in cars and stricter standards for toxins in conventional gas are making reformulated fuel less relevant.

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