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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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Domtar Starts Mill Shutdown in Port Edwards

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Canadian-based Domtar has begun shutting down its Port Edwards paper mill in central Wisconsin. The first of three paper machines shut down Thursday. Village President Ed Saylor says about 500 people will lose their jobs as the mill closes.

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Wisconsin Flooding May Mean Pricier Organic Foods

Posted: 06/24/2008 - The recent flooding in southern Wisconsin means consumers are seeing fewer organic fruits and vegetables at farmers markets this summer. It also means prices for organic eggs, dairy products and meats are likely to be higher at grocery stores in the fall.

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Miller to Release MGD 64 Nationwide by Fall

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Miller Brewing Co. says it'll release its new, lower-calorie version of Miller Genuine Draft nationwide this fall. Miller chief executive says MGD 64 will replace Miller Genuine Draft Light in all markets by mid-September.

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Midwest to Ground 12 Gas-Guzzling MD-80 Planes

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines says it plans to ground its dozen gas-guzzling MD-80s to save on fuel costs. Midwest spokesman Michael Brophy says MD-80s are very fuel inefficient.

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Initial Storm Estimate: $470M in Damage in Wis.

Posted: 06/20/2008 - The storms that produced widespread flooding across the state this month caused almost half a billion dollars in damage. The Wisconsin Emergency Management department says preliminary figures add up to more than $470 million in damage.

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FEMA Money Starts Flowing in Wisconsin Following Flooding

Updated: 06/18/2008 - Federal money to help Wisconsin recover from storms and flooding is arriving. State emergency officials said Wednesday the first Federal Emergency Management Agency grants have been awarded for such things as emergency home repairs and temporary housing. They total nearly $38,000.

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More Than 300 Jobs Lost as Niagara Paper Mill Closes

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The NewPage paper mill in Niagara is closing at the end of the week -- much sooner than previously thought. NewPage bought the North American operations of Finland-based Stora Enso for more than $2 billion last year. The sale included the plant in Niagara.

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Is the Midsize SUV Becoming Extinct?

Posted: 06/12/2008 - A De Pere woman is among the Wisconsin residents who love their midsize sports utility vehicles but are trying to get rid of them anyway for one big reason -- high gasoline prices. Some industry analysts say the day of the midsize SUV is over.

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Milwaukee Would Benefit if Chicago Gets 2016 Games

Posted: 06/11/2008 - The head of Chicago's Olympic Bid Committee says Milwaukee would benefit if Chicago gets the 2016 Games. Pat Ryan says there aren't enough hotel rooms in the Chicago area to hold all the spectators who would come to the Olympics.

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Tourist Spots in Wisconsin Dells Area Try to Reopen

Updated: 06/10/2008 - Businesses that relied on the now-depleted Lake Delton near the Wisconsin Dells hope to reopen before the tourism season gets into full swing. Wisconsin Dells boat tours are planning to reopen even with the lake at a low level.

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Damage in Vernon County Alone Expected to Exceed $60 Million

Updated: 06/10/2008 - Storm damage in Vernon County alone is expected to exceed $60 million, the total in last summer's flooding. The county's Emergency Operations Center spokeswoman Linda Nederlo says the current flood is much more severe and extensive than last year.

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Bo Ryan, Barry Alvarez Both Get Raises

Posted: 06/06/2008 - University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and men's basketball coach Bo Ryan are getting big raises from the Board of Regents. The board agreed Friday to raise Alvarez's salary from $600,000 to $750,000 for the school year that officially starts July 1. Ryan's pay will increase from $950,000 to almost $1.2 million for the year.

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UW Regents Criticized for Approving Raise in Private

Posted: 06/06/2008 - The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents is drawing criticism for voting in private to give President Kevin Reilly a $73,000 raise. The regents approved Reilly's raise in a closed-door meeting at UW-Milwaukee on Thursday.

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