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2015-02-05

Budget would drop overnight tower guards

Governor Walker says the state doesn't need to staff the guard towers at prisons, overnight, anymore. His proposed budget eliminates third-shift guards. He says because of improvements in technology, and monitoring, the overnight guards are out-of-date in the 21st century.…

posted 2015-02-05 15:00 by WHBY

Former DNR leader backs board

A longtime leader of the DNR opposes Governor Walker's plan for the state natural resources board. The governor wants to take away the panel's authority, and give it all to the DNR secretary. George Meyer of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation…

posted 2015-02-05 14:59 by WHBY

Walker backs off 'Wisconsin Idea' change

Governor Walker quickly backtracked yesterday on his proposal to drop the public service mission from the UW System, known as the "Wisconsin Idea." The language has been in place for over a century, and it's considered one of the system's…

posted 2015-02-05 05:05 by WHBY

Cowles weighs in on budget

A Republican lawmaker is calling for some changes in Governor Walker's proposed budget. Sen. Rob Cowles of Allouez says he likes parts of it, but he thinks the governor went too far in others. Cowles says the UW System would…

posted 2015-02-05 05:04 by WHBY

Roundabout near Richmond school stays

A roundabout near Appleton's Richmond elementary school is staying in the city's plans to rebuild John Street. Around 75 parents and students showed up at last night's city council meeting, in hopes that the council would reconsider the decision. They…

posted 2015-02-05 05:03 by WHBY

City won't explore reimburing assessments

Appleton created a wheel tax to eliminate some special assessments, and the city won't look into possibly reimbursing property owners, if they received an assessment in recent years. The city council voted 11-3 last night, against exploring options to help…

posted 2015-02-05 05:02 by WHBY

Measles cases closing in on state

Appleton's public health department is keeping a close eye on the measles outbreak, as cases creep closer to Wisconsin. There are confirmed cases of the highly infectious disease in Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois. Appleton public health officer Kurt Eggebrecht says…

posted 2015-02-05 05:01 by WHBY

2015-02-04

Xavier system reacts to voucher proposal

The leader of the Catholic schools in Appleton is reacting to Governor Walker's plans to eliminate the statewide enrollment cap on the voucher program for private schools. Deacon Ray DuBois is the president of the St. Francis Xavier system. He…

posted 2015-02-04 13:05 by WHBY

Transportation group critical of budget borrowing

Governor Walker wants to borrow more money for road construction projects, and that's drawing concerns, from a road builders group. The governor is asking for $1.3 billion in bonding. Craig Thompson of the Transportation Development Association says the percentage of…

posted 2015-02-04 13:04 by WHBY

Feds finally paying debt for Fox River locks

An overdue payment from the federal government will help a local agency finish a multi-year project to improve boating on the Fox River. The Army Corps of Engineers is paying the final $2 million from an agreement that shifted control…

posted 2015-02-04 13:03 by WHBY

Wrightstown working on new development

The village of Wrightstown is hoping to bring a development, to a site that's close to Highway 41. Village administrator Steve Johnson says it's an attractive spot, but it might not be very well known. He says the site is…

posted 2015-02-04 13:02 by WHBY

Therapy animals tricky for business owners

The leader of a local group that provides therapy dogs, says she understands why businesses can be skeptical when someone comes in with what they claim to be a "service animal." A woman was asked to leave a Beaver Dam…

posted 2015-02-04 13:01 by WHBY

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