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NTC and Upper Iowa sign Virtual College Alliance

NEWS RELEASE — Northcentral Technical College (NTC) and Upper Iowa University (UIU) are proud to announce the signing of a Virtual College Alliance, which provides flexible learning options for students to complete two- and four-year degrees. The alliance creates a seamless path for adult learners to complete their degrees online with the support of dedicated… Keep Reading

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Teacher on paid leave following social media posts

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — An Ashland elementary school teacher has been suspended because of a social media post about the fatal shooting of a Native American student by a sheriff’s deputy. Ashland Superintendent Keith Hilts says the posts by Ojibwe language instructor Sandra Gokee were defamatory and inflammatory. KBJR-TV reports the superintendent says Gokee’s messages… Keep Reading

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$300M for Great Lakes cleanup moves forward in Congress

DETROIT (AP) — A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure cleared the committee this week and now goes to the full Senate. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative focuses on the region’s most longstanding environmental problems, such as toxic… Keep Reading

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Wisconsin GOP tells committee to end air pollution rules

By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers tried to persuade a legislative committee Tuesday to approve a bill that would relax Wisconsin’s air pollution regulations, saying the rules burden businesses and the state regulates hundreds of pollutants the federal government ignores. The bill would repeal any state air pollution rules that… Keep Reading

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Essentia fires about 50 workers for refusing to get flu shot

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Duluth-based health system has fired about 50 employees who refused to get a flu shot. Essentia Health announced last month that employees would be required to get vaccinated for influenza to help keep patients from getting infected, or else receive a religious or medical exemption. The deadline was Monday. Essentia… Keep Reading

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Former firefighter wants DNA thrown out in alleged assault case

WAUSAU — A former Wausau firefighter accused of sexually assaulting a female patient in an ambulance is asking a judge to throw out DNA evidence against him, alleging he was not properly Mirandized before the sample was taken. Clifford “CJ” Heiser, 33, faces felony charges of third degree sexual assault and misconduct in office related… Keep Reading

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Republicans say Democratic governor could block Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers are raising concerns that a Democratic governor could jeopardize a recently signed $3 billion deal with Foxconn Technology Group. Chairmen of the Legislature’s jobs and economic development committees on Tuesday said in a statement that electing a Democrat as governor puts the Foxconn contract at risk. Democratic candidates… Keep Reading

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Police seek inmate missing from jail

WAUSAU — A Wausau woman is being sought by police after she failed to return to the Marathon County Jail, one week after her conviction on felony bail jumping and other charges. Summer Courtney was released on a pass to attend school at the Salvation Army and was expected to return to the jail by… Keep Reading

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