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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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Gas Cards Becoming Popular Give-a-Ways

Posted: 06/04/2008 - Retailers and other companies are using the pain at the gas pumps to attract customers. They're using gas cards or coupons as a way to draw consumers.

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Plan Would Hike Tuition by 5.5 Percent at 4-Year UW Schools

Posted: 06/03/2008 - Students at four-year schools in the University of Wisconsin System could see a tuition increase of 5.5 percent for the coming school year. The plan released Tuesday would keep tuition at the 13 two-year UW colleges frozen at current levels for the second straight year.

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Wisconsin Reviewing $10 Million Given to GM

Posted: 06/03/2008 - Wisconsin officials are reviewing whether any of the $10 million given to General Motors for its Janesville plant can be recouped. The auto maker announced on Tuesday that it will close the plant in 2010. The state gave GM $10 million in grants in 2004 to help the plant with a $175 million upgrade.

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Rising Gas Prices Warned GM Janesville Workers of Closure

Updated: 06/03/2008 - Some automakers in Janesville say closing the General Motors plant seemed inevitable as gas prices continued to climb. Ray Stafford retired from the Janesville plant in 1988 after working there for 33 years. He says workers have faced the possibility of the plant closing for a long time.

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WH Transportation Slashing 340 Jobs in Van Trailer Department

Updated: 06/03/2008 - WH Transportation is announcing it will discontinue its van trailer operations at the end of July 2008 and focus solely on flat bed operations. The company blames rising costs, especially for fuel, for the cutbacks.

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Analysts: GM's Janesville Plant Vulnerable to Cuts

Posted: 06/02/2008 - Industry analysts say General Motors's sport utility plant in Janesville is among those most vulnerable as the automaker prepares to announce restructuring to deal with the evaporating pickup-truck and SUV market.

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UW System Wants Full Funding for Veterans Tuition Benefits

Updated: 06/03/2008 - University of Wisconsin System leaders want lawmakers to pay the full cost of tuition benefits they've given to veterans. Wisconsin veterans can attend the UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System for free under a 2006 law.

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Property Taxes in Wisconsin Increase 3.8 Percent

Updated: 06/02/2008 - Property taxes on a typical home in Wisconsin increased 3.8 percent this year. The Legislature's Fiscal Bureau says the boost reported Monday is the largest single year jump in three years. Net property taxes increased 4.6 percent on a typical home from 2004 to 2005.

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Wis. Assembly Fails to Override Governor's Budget Vetoes

Posted: 05/28/2008 - Three attempts to override vetoes Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle made to the state budget have failed in the Republican-controlled state Assembly. None of the three override attempts got the 64 votes needed to succeed. Two overrides got 57 votes, one got 60.

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Wisconsin Drops Out of Top 10 Tax States

Updated: 05/28/2008 - New research bumps Wisconsin from the 10 highest-taxed states in the nation for the first time since 1980. Two analyses of recently released U.S. Census Bureau data shows Wisconsin's taxes increased in the fiscal year ending June 2006, the latest figures available - but that other states rose more.

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Sales of Spam Rise as Consumers Trim Food Costs

Posted: 05/28/2008 - Love it, hate it or laugh at it - at least it's inexpensive. Sales of Spam -- that much maligned meat - are rising as consumers turning more to lunch meats and other lower-cost foods to extend their already stretched food budgets.

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Midwest Airlines to Charge $20 for 2nd Checked Bag

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Midwest Airlines will charge passengers $20 each way for a second checked bag starting next month. The Milwaukee-based airline says the fee will be for tickets bought starting Saturday for travel after June 15. It'll still be free to check one bag. But the airline says those bags must weigh no more than 50 pounds.

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Gas Prices Jump to New Records, Pressuring Memorial Day Travelers

Updated: 05/23/2008 - Just as Memorial Day day weekend begins, gas prices have reached another record high. AAA and the Oil Price Information Service says the price of a gallon of regular rose more than 4 cents overnight to $3.87 and a-half cents.

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Marshfield Woman Pleads Guilty to Travel Fraud

Updated: 05/23/2008 - A Marshfield travel agent has pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding her customers. The U.S. Attorney's office says 47-year-old Marcia Meshak ran the Travel Pro travel agency in Marshfield.

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Identity Theft Concerns Prompt WPR to Give Up Volunteers

Posted: 05/21/2008 - Concerns about identity theft are changing the way Wisconsin Public Radio conducts its fundraisers. The nonprofit radio station replaced the volunteers who usually staff its phone banks with a hired call center during its pledge drive this month.

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Wisconsin Parks Director Forecasts Busy Camping Season

Posted: 05/19/2008 - The director of state parks in Wisconsin says gasoline prices nearing $4 a gallon are not scaring campers and their big rigs from state parks. Bill Smith of the state Department of Natural Resources says advance reservations for camping are up 7 percent from a year ago.

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Employment Down on Wisconsin Farms Due to Late Start in Planting

Posted: 05/19/2008 - Farmers in the Midwest have been hiring fewer workers with the late start to the planting season. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says farmers in the lake region of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota employed 52,000 workers during the week of April 6 to 12, down 7 percent from the same time in 2007.

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