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Gov. Scott Walker has announced a half dozen policy changes aimed at curbing fraud in Wisconsin's public assistance programs. The governor ordered yesterday that the Department of Health Services provide stronger oversight.
The typical Wisconsin household has still not recovered from the Great Recession. The U.S. Census Bureau says the state’s median household income was just over $51,000. That's about the same as the national average, but it's 9.3% less than it was in 2000. The new Census report also says Wisconsin's poverty rate has held steady for the last three years. It remains at just over 13%. Milwaukee remains among the 15 poorest cities in the nation.
A high school assembly in Watertown will kick off a national campaign to get more Americans to drink water. Frst Lady Michelle Obama and actress Eva Longoria will be among those appearing at Watertown High this afternoon.
Federal officials joined Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) in Eau Claire and Stevens Point yesterday to answer people's questions about Obamacare. Around 500,000 Wisconsinites will be required to enroll for private coverage through the government's purchasing exchanges starting next month. Kind says over 90% of us won't have to do a thing.
The University of Wisconsin’s policy-setting body wants to rebuild its relationship with state legislators. The Board of Regents plans to meet Thursday with lawmakers from both parties, Sen. Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls.
More heavy thunderstorms rumbled through northern Wisconsin late Thursday and last night. The National Weather Service said lightning struck an electric regulator in Manitowish Waters, and it started a house on fire. Trees fell in Shawano, Lincoln and Marathon counties. Around four inches of rain fell in Rhinelander and Monico in Oneida County.
For the first time since last weekend, the heat index failed to reach 100 in western Wisconsin Wednesday.
PRESCOTT -- Herdie Baisden, owner of Maiden Rock Apples, Winery and Cidery in Stockholm said he was intrigued by the concept of a 12-foot pie when an oversized pie tin, split into eight man-sized wedges, came up for sale. A year later, the 12-foot apple pie is about to become a reality.
Far northwest Wisconsin is getting pounded with torrential rains. The National Weather Service said 2-4 inches fell in parts of Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties by 4:45 a.m. and up 2.5 more inches of rain were possible by mid-morning.
Ryan Braun has finally admitted taking banned substances during his MVP season of 2011 when he led the Milwaukee Brewers on a deep playoff run in which they almost made the World Series. Braun was one of 14 players suspended last month for allegedly buying performance-enhancing drugs from the now-closed Biogenesis clinic in Miami.