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2015-02-20

Local tourism up in 2014

The head of a local tourism group says the industry is coming off an excellent year. Executive director Pam Seidl of the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau says they saw significant increases in hotel occupancy rates, and room tax…

posted 2015-02-20 13:01 by WHBY

Senator wants more eye tests for older drivers

A lawmaker from Madison is bringing back a bill that would require older drivers to get their eyes checked more often. The move comes a week after a 92-year-old man accidentally hit nine cars in a grocery store parking lot,…

posted 2015-02-20 13:00 by WHBY

Future of proposed mine up in the air

The fate of a controversial iron ore mine proposed in northern Wisconsin is in limbo. Work has practically come to a standstill, and a spokesman for Gogebic Taconite says they're "taking a breather." Supporters say they aren't giving up hope…

posted 2015-02-20 12:59 by WHBY

Xavier high hosting robotics tournament

Robotics teams from high schools in the state, and upper Michigan, will be in Appleton tomorrow for a large competition. Xavier high school is hosting the VEX Robotics event. Xavier coach Ronald Lohse says a number of local schools will…

posted 2015-02-20 12:58 by WHBY

Expert: Menominee tribe has legal options

The battle over a casino in Kenosha might move to a courtroom. UW-Madison law professor Richard Monette is an expert on tribal law, and he says the Menominee tribe has a number of possible ways to challenge Governor Walker's decision.…

posted 2015-02-20 05:05 by WHBY

Local jail programs will be a model

Counties across Wisconsin could soon implement alternatives to incarceration programs, similar to Outagamie County's. The National Institute of Corrections chose the county, and five others in the state, to serve as models. Outagamie County Judge John Des Jardins says it…

posted 2015-02-20 05:04 by WHBY

Woman charged with Shiocton burglaries

Investigators say burglaries at two Shiocton businesses may help them solve numerous other crimes in northeast Wisconsin. Outagamie County prosecutors are charging a 22-year-old Green Bay woman, in connection with the break-ins at the River Rail Bar and Grill, and…

posted 2015-02-20 05:03 by WHBY

Calls up again for Appleton fire crews

Appleton's fire department had a nearly nine percent increase in calls last year. Crews responded to almost 4,300 incidents, and two-thirds of them were for EMS. There were about 120 fires, and firefighter Joe Strauss says that's typical. He says…

posted 2015-02-20 05:02 by WHBY

Music festival to mark Kaukauna's 225th year

A Kaukauna group is planning a one-day music festival this summer to celebrate the city's 225th anniversary. Organizer Brian Schuh says the Electric City Experience will feature 225 performances on June 13. He says they'll be scattered throughout parks, bars,…

posted 2015-02-20 05:01 by WHBY

2015-02-19

Walmart wage decision could impact others

By this time next year, Walmart employees will make at least $10 an hour, and an economics professor says that could lead other businesses to raise their base wages as well. Walmart plans to increase its starting pay to $9…

posted 2015-02-19 13:05 by WHBY

Lawmakers soften sanctions for failing schools

Lawmakers are looking for ways to make schools more accountable, but they might not force failing ones, to become independent charters. Assembly Republicans are softening their stance on that requirement. Governor Walker and Senate Republicans don't want to include any…

posted 2015-02-19 13:04 by WHBY

UW-Green Bay applications up from last year

More prospective students are applying to UW-Green Bay, for next fall's semester. So far, admissions figures are up seven percent, and freshman applications increased by 13 percent. That comes after preliminary numbers from the fall of 2014 showed a 7.5…

posted 2015-02-19 13:03 by WHBY

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