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Expert explains deer tick virus

A relatively rare disease spread by ticks could give people another reason to watch out for the tiny pests this summer. The Powassan virus is related to the West Nile virus, and it can cause meningitis, fever, muscle loss and…

posted 2015-04-15 05:03 by WHBY

GOP might raise annual SeniorCare fee

The enrollment fee for the state's SeniorCare program could be going up. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the annual $30 cost is very modest. He says it wouldn't be unreasonable to ask people to pay between $5 and $7 a…

posted 2015-04-15 05:02 by WHBY

Microbead ban heads to governor

A bill to ban microbeads from personal care products in Wisconsin is a signature away from becoming law. The Assembly approved the proposal yesterday. Some filtering systems at wastewater plants aren't able to catch the small plastic beads, and scientists…

posted 2015-04-15 05:01 by WHBY

Organ donor registry started 5 yrs ago

Nearly 60 percent of eligible people in Wisconsin are signed up as organ donors, five years after the state launched its official registry. Joanne Grunau of Donate Life Wisconsin says they're trying to encourage the remaining two million people to…

posted 2015-04-15 05:00 by WHBY


Last murder charge dropped in Plamann's death

More than seven years after a shooting in Greenville, prosecutors are officially dropping their case against the victim's former partner. A judge agreed to dismiss a murder charge against 55-year-old Dianna Siveny, during a hearing this morning in Outagamie County…

posted 2015-04-14 13:05 by WHBY

Administrators deal with Pulaski high fight

The video of a fight at Pulaski high school that's making the rounds on social media, happened last month. Asst. superintendent Bec Kurzynske says administrators found out about the incident right away. The video shows a student punching another student…

posted 2015-04-14 13:04 by WHBY

Low water hampered DNR walleye tagging effort

It was much tougher for the DNR to tag walleye this spring, because of low water on the Wolf River. DNR fish biologist Adam Nickel says the fish need high water levels, because they spawn in flooded marshes, each spring.…

posted 2015-04-14 13:03 by WHBY

State's cigarette tax still 1 of nation's highest

Wisconsin's tobacco taxes continue to be among the nation's highest. The latest ranking shows the cigarette tax is tenth, at $2.52 pack. Todd Berry is the president of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. He says several years ago, multiple governors from…

posted 2015-04-14 13:02 by WHBY

Appleton event to celebrate parents, kids

Groups that provide early education in Appleton are holding an event tonight for parents and young kids. The Early Childhood Learning Center of the Fox Valley is drawing attention to the national Week of the Young Child. Amy Wilson of…

posted 2015-04-14 13:01 by WHBY

Clintonville teen in court for deadly crash

A man accused of driving high, and killing three people in a crash, was in Shawano County court yesterday. Eighteen-year-old Ryan Swadner of Clintonville made his first appearance on 11 charges, after three teens died while they were riding in…

posted 2015-04-14 05:05 by WHBY

L.C. was a leader in growth in 2014

New construction in Little Chute last year increased the village's overall property value, at the highest rate in the Fox Cities. The $17.5 million in projects boosted the overall value by nearly 2.6 percent. Village administrator James Fenlon says the…

posted 2015-04-14 05:04 by WHBY

Marathon course changes include trails

The route for the Fox Cities Marathon is changing significantly for the event's 25th anniversary. Operations manager Jesse Drake says they're going to feature several scenic parts of the Fox Cities. He says that includes the Trestle Trail that crosses…

posted 2015-04-14 05:03 by WHBY

Finally, the end is here for the pre-season. As you know, I am not a fan. Thursday: A one-hour PhilCast…
posted by Philcast 2 days ago
The Appleton West football team outscored Oshkosh West 37-30 in a dramatic win last Friday. I spoke with West head…
posted by Alex Solsma 3 days ago
Today on the PhilCast I'll have a story that links our very own Lawrence University with the purple-haired Kelly Osbourne.…
posted by Philcast 3 days ago