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2015-02-09

Suspect in robbery spree waives prelim

The suspect in a recent crime spree, in Appleton, was in Outagamie County court this morning. 17-year-old Francis Lewi waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He faces a number of charges, including three counts of armed robbery, for several…

posted 2015-02-09 13:05 by WHBY

Nelson opposes SeniorCare change

The leader of Outagamie County wants lawmakers to drop Governor Walker's budget proposal for SeniorCare. The change would force seniors to use the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan first. If the federal program doesn't cover a specific drug, then…

posted 2015-02-09 13:04 by WHBY

Walker not predicting voucher enrollment

Governor Walker says he's not sure how many students might take advantage of his proposal to lift the statewide enrollment cap on school vouchers. Right now, 1,000 students are going to a private school through the program. Walker says the…

posted 2015-02-09 13:03 by WHBY

Winnebago Co. sheriff: Violent crime down

The violent crime rate dropped 15 percent last year for the Winnebago County sheriff's department. The category includes murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults. All 76 incidents in 2014 were aggravated assaults. Sheriff John Matz says the total is a…

posted 2015-02-09 13:02 by WHBY

New home starts up in Fox Cities area

The number of new homes built in the Fox Cities area rose slightly last year. Valley Home Builders Association vice president Christine Shaefer says they track building permits in 14 communities. She says last year's totals were 4-1/2 percent higher…

posted 2015-02-09 13:01 by WHBY

Sturgeon season opens Saturday

A DNR official says spearers should find good conditions when they cut holes in the ice of Lake Winnebago, and the upriver lakes, for the start of the spearfishing season. It opens Saturday morning. DNR sturgeon biologist Ryan Koenigs says…

posted 2015-02-09 05:05 by WHBY

Hanna weighs in on state budget

Communities around the state wouldn't face cuts in the money they receive from the state, under Governor Walker's proposed budget. Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna says that's better than what municipalities have seen in the past when they faced cuts to…

posted 2015-02-09 05:04 by WHBY

E-filing expected to rise again

The state is hoping that the number of e-filers will continue to climb this year. The department of revenue is projecting that 85 percent will file electronically. Spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis says they're taking some more time, before they hand out…

posted 2015-02-09 05:03 by WHBY

Assembly leader backs drug testing

The Republican leader in the Assembly is defending Governor Walker's drug testing plan. Under the budget proposal, certain people would have to pass a drug test when they apply for programs like food stamps and unemployment. Democrats are threatening legal…

posted 2015-02-09 05:03 by WHBY

2015-02-06

Allinger reacts to proposed budget

The leader of the Appleton school district says without additional funding for public schools in the state budget, it would be a difficult next two years. Superintendent Lee Allinger is reacting to Governor Walker's proposed budget that includes flat funding…

posted 2015-02-06 13:05 by WHBY

UW System could push letter-writing effort

In hopes of convincing lawmakers to change the proposed a $300 million cut to the UW System, some campuses are planning to launch letter-writing campaigns. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank reached out to alumni yesterday through a mass email. She urged…

posted 2015-02-06 13:04 by WHBY

Life of landfill extended by 1 year

Efforts to boost recycling in the region are helping extend the life of Outagamie County's landfill. County Executive Tom Nelson says they reached a benchmark recently. He says when the landfill opened in 2012, it was supposed to be open…

posted 2015-02-06 13:03 by WHBY

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