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MADISON -- The state Legislature's finance committee has endorsed only one year of funding for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The panel discussed the agency's proposed two-year budget Thursday after members of another legislative committee hammered WEDC officials with questions about accountability shortcomings raised in a recent audit. The finance panel voted 12 to 4, with Democrats voting no, to grant the job creation agency $59 million in the next fiscal year - $2 million more than this year. The committee withheld the second year's proposed funding of $63 million until
Hudson Middle School education assistant Cindy Harwell passed away at Regions Hospital on May 5 following an extended illness. Harwell, 53, had been working at the middle school for about a year. Associate Principal Jim Dalluhn said despite her health issues, Harwell enjoyed coming to work and spending time with the students. Harwell is survived by her husband Bob of River Falls and her children, Tamar Land of Hudson, Payton Harwell of River Falls, Lamar Land of Chicago and step-daughter Janessa Keller of Blaine, Minn. A complete obituary can be found at www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com
In celebration of generations of Octagon House mothers and mothers in general, the Octagon House Museum is once again offering free tours for mothers accompanied by a paying child (of any age) on Mothers' Day, Sunday, May 8, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. During the tour, complimentary refreshments will be served in the anteroom of the Carriage House, located just behind the Octagon House, 1004 Third St.
For the first time ever, African-Americans had a higher voting rate than whites in last fall's presidential election, and Wisconsin appeared to have followed the same trend. The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that 66.2% of blacks voted nationally, 1.5% higher than the rate for white voters. The Census Bureau surveyed Americans about their voting and found that 79% of black Wisconsin adults went to the polls, compared to 75% of non-Hispanic whites.
Green Bay Packers' draft pick Johnathan Franklin cannot take part in any of the team's off-season workouts except for this weekend's mandatory rookie camp. NFL rules say rookies cannot participate in a team's OTA workouts or June mini-camps while their colleges are still in session, and they have not obtained their bachelor's degrees yet.
The Milwaukee Brewers can return to .500 with a victory Wednesday night over Texas at Miller Park. The Crew is 15-16 after beating the Rangers Tuesday night. Milwaukee won 12 of 15 before going 1-5 so far in May. They're closing out a nine game home-stand in which they've gone 3-5 so far. Texas leads the American League West at 20-13, but the Rangers have only played one team with a winning record this season. That was Boston, which the Rangers swept for three games last weekend.
There is a letter to the editor in this week's Star-Observer from School Board member Sandy Gehrke, upset about the district's request that she pay $428.54 for copies of paperwork. The records are related to a contract with Hoffman Engineering for "pre-referendum" architectural services regarding "secondary space solutions." Charging a fee to school board members for information makes us uncomfortable. Gehrke might be viewed by some as a maverick on the board, but she was the choice of the voters in the 2012 school board election and should be entitled to any and all information. In a lett
A roundabout will lead to the new medical office building at Hudson Hospital & Clinics. Monday night, the City Council approved plans for the single-lane roundabout located on Stageline Road at the access to the hospital's main entrance. The Hudson Plan Commission had recommended approval of the roundabout. "Our biggest concern is for left turns coming out of that hospital facility," said Community Development Director Dennis Darnold, explaining why the roundabout was recommended. Darnold said a T-intersection was originally designed for the hospital entrance, but city officials decided th
The state Assembly has voted to make Wisconsin the first state to force food stamp recipients to spend most of their benefits on healthy food. The lower house voted 68-26 yesterday in favor of a bill from Neenah Republican Dean Kaufert. It would make recipients in the FoodShare program spend at least two-thirds of their benefits of foods defined by the state as being healthy. The measure now goes to the Senate. All the no votes came from Democrats.
A federal judge said he would not stop preliminary work on the new Saint Croix River bridge near Hudson because of a bidding dispute in Minnesota. C.S. McCrossan is challenging the state's rejection a contract to do approach work for the new bridge and it filed lawsuits in both federal-and state courts. On Monday, Federal Judge Richard Kyle said he would put McCrossan's suit on hold until the case is finished in the state courts. Minnesota officials said McCrossan did not adequately promise it would use enough sub-contractors from minority and female-owned companies.