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2015-05-21

Unemployment rate drops to 4.4%

The jobless rate in the state dropped to 4.4 percent last month. It was 4.6 percent in March. Companies added 5,400 jobs in April, according to preliminary figures from the state department of workforce development. That compares to a loss…

posted 2015-05-21 13:03 by WHBY

Freedom ranked 2nd-safest place in Wis.

Freedom is the second-safest community in the state. The website ValuePenguin ranked places around Wisconsin, using FBI crime reports. Freedom town chair Steve Lowney says the community, police officers, and firefighters, all deserve credit. The website ranked Hobart-Lawrence as the…

posted 2015-05-21 13:02 by WHBY

DOT considering 70 mph limit on more roads

70 mile-an-hour speed limit signs will be popping up along portions of I-41 this summer, and drivers will eventually be able to go a little faster on some state highways, as well. DOT spokesman Kim Rudat says Highway 441 would…

posted 2015-05-21 13:01 by WHBY

Work on Appleton water tower to start

Construction will start on a new water tower, in Appleton, in the coming weeks. The city is building the one million gallon tower, on the northeast side, along Highway 441. It will be located on the grounds of the city's…

posted 2015-05-21 13:00 by WHBY

More improvements coming to Pierce Park

A series of upgrades at Appleton's Pierce Park will be finished later this year. The city improved the stages, inside and outside of the pavilion, and now crews will pour concrete for an outside viewing area. Parks director Dean Gazza…

posted 2015-05-21 12:59 by WHBY

Much of I-41 to have 70 mph limit

Higher speed limit signs will be going up along stretches of I-41 this summer. Governor Walker signed a bill yesterday, to authorize a 70 mile-an-hour speed limit. DOT officials already revealed their plans for interstates. Spokesman Rob Miller says once the…

posted 2015-05-21 05:05 by WHBY

FVL would explore special needs vouchers

A local school is interested in the idea of private school vouchers for special needs students. The Legislature's budget committee inserted a new program in the budget, early yesterday morning. Dave Payne is a spokesman for Fox Valley Lutheran high…

posted 2015-05-21 05:04 by WHBY

Parking meter changes delayed

The proposed changes to parking meters in downtown Appleton will have to wait, at least until next month. The plan would eliminate enforcement, after 6 p.m., instead of 9 p.m. It would also reduce the rates, north of Washington Street,…

posted 2015-05-21 05:03 by WHBY

City takes formal step to help with hotel sale

Appleton leaders took a formal step to help close the sale of the Radisson Paper Valley hotel. The city council agreed to transfer agreements to Inner Circle Investments, covering the red parking ramp and a skywalk. Ald. Kathy Plank is…

posted 2015-05-21 05:02 by WHBY

Boys & Girls Club honors graduates

They're graduating soon, and a group of high school seniors celebrated last night, at the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley. The members of the teen center talked about their accomplishments, and their plans, moving forward. Jaime Kriewaldt…

posted 2015-05-21 05:01 by WHBY

2015-05-20

Appleton schools react to budget changes

An administrator for the Appleton school district says their budget will be in better shape, because of changes in the state budget. The Joint Finance Committee restored Governor Walker's proposed cut of $150 per student, in the first year of…

posted 2015-05-20 13:05 by WHBY

GOP changes Walker voucher expansion plan

A top Republican in the Assembly says changes to the private school voucher program would allow it to grow, while ensuring that public school districts don't take too much of a financial hit. Rep. Jim Steineke of Vandenbroek is the…

posted 2015-05-20 13:04 by WHBY

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