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Dane County to build state's longest bike bridge

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:54

A Wisconsin company has been awarded a bid to begin construction of the Lower Yahara River Trail, connecting Dane County’s Lake Farm County Park with McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation awarded the contract to Janke General Contractors Inc. in Athens for just over $5.9 million dollars. 

WiGWag: Of beauty queens, billionaires and doughnut trails

Written by Lisa Neff
and Louis Weisberg,
Staff writers
Thursday, 28 January 2016 10:08

The Butler County Visitors Bureau in Ohio rolled out the Donut Trail earlier in January, announcing the county boasted a doughnut shop for every 20,000 residents — one of the highest numbers of shops per capita in the Midwest, according to someone who’s counting. BCVB director Mark Hecquet said the trail is a “great way to explore Butler County.” 

Scott Walker setting himself up for a third term as governor

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:14
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Gov. Scott Walker is setting up himself up to run for a third term as governor.

Maximum stints in solitary cut, but Waupun inmates left in dark

Written by Dee J. Hall
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 10:29
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Waupun Correctional Institution inmate Markell K. Simon says he was tricked into voluntarily accepting 180 days in solitary confinement in July.
—PHOTO: Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Waupun Correctional Institution officials failed to notify inmates for months that Wisconsin had dramatically lowered the maximum time in solitary confinement for rule violations, Department of Corrections records and interviews show.

Document: Snyder administration trucked in water to state buildings in Flint a year ago

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:48

The Snyder administration quietly trucked in water to state buildings in January of 2015 — 10 months prior to when the governor publicly admitting there was reason for concern in Flint, according to a document obtained by Progress Michigan.

Chris vs. Chris: Meet the candidates

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 28 January 2016 10:03

Chris Larson and Chris Abele are the heavy-hitters in a race that includes Steve Hogan and Pirate Party candidate Joseph Thomas Klein, who unsuccessfully campaigned twice to represent the 19th Assembly District. After a Feb. 16 primary, Larson and Abele are likely to square off in a runoff election on April 5.

Profiles of Larson and Abele …

Thanks to Congress’ recent tax-and-spending spree, Republicans vowing to balance the budget will have to raise taxes and propose far deeper cuts than the public would accept.

Despite state efforts, arsenic continues to poison many private wells

Written by Silke Schmidt
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 10:24
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Pat Laughrin, a member of the Calumet County Board, says water at his home used to have elevated levels of arsenic caused by a drop in the water table after installation of nearby high-capacity wells. But water levels have returned to normal after a neighboring farm owner reduced pumping, he said, and the most recent tests show no arsenic.
—PHOTO Ed Byrne / The Brillion News

By the time Bradley Burmeister met his high school science teacher more than a decade ago, concerns had already surfaced about an ancient poison that was appearing in drinking water around their Fox River Valley community. Burmeister never suspected, though, that his family’s well would provide some of the scariest data.

Madison, Dane County post lowest unemployment rates

Written by The AP Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:26

New data show Madison and Dane County still have the lowest unemployment rates among cities and counties in Wisconsin.

State Department of Workforce Development data released this week show preliminary December unemployment rates in most cities and counties increased slightly since November but are down since last year.

No love lost in county exec race

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 28 January 2016 09:55

It’s safe to say that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele won’t get a Valentine’s Day card from state Sen. Chris Larson.

Evangelicals dismiss $60 million in Indianapolis tourism losses due to anti-gay bill

Written by Brian Soldysko,
AP writer
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 18:26

Evangelicals are downplaying a business report showing a possible loss of more than $60 million in convention revenues for Indianapolis due to a national uproar over an anti-gay law Indiana passed last year.

Before Iowa: Candidates collect endorsements ahead of votes

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 10:17
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Before the votes in Iowa, a battle for endorsements.

With MoveOn.org’s endorsement in early January, Bernie Sanders moved on up in the polls.