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IRS announces policy shift allowing dark money nonprofits to go almost pitch black

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By Frank Bass This story was produced by MapLight in partnership with Wausau Pilot and Review Dark money is becoming even darker. The Treasury Department announced late Monday that it will stop requiring 501(c)(4) and (c)(6) nonprofit organizations to provide the names of their donors to the Internal Revenue Service. The nonprofits, which are already…

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U.S. Department of Labor penalizes Mensha contractor for worker safety issues

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APPLETON, WI ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Carlos Ketz, who operates as Ketz Roofing, for the sixth time in the past five years for exposing employees to falls, according to a news release. OSHA is proposing penalties totaling $48,777. OSHA inspectors cited the roofing contractor – based…

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DNR: January sewage overflow in Wausau still under review

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — A January sewer backup that dumped about 3.7 millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Wisconsin River is attracting additional review from state officials who say that the leak also resulted in hundreds of pounds of phosphorous being added to the waterway, according to city documents. The news comes…

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Wisconsin reverses ban on some overseas absentee ballots

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By Matt Reynonds/Courthouse News (CN) – Wisconsin has agreed to reverse a policy that prevented temporary overseas voters from receiving absentee ballots electronically after the U.S. government filed a lawsuit claiming state election officials were violating federal voting laws, the Justice Department said Thursday. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, federal prosecutors alleged that Wisconsin election…

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Wausau residents frustrated over city water issue

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — City residents say they are frustrated over discolored water blamed on a change in clarifiers at the Wausau treatment plant, even as city officials insist the discoloration does not pose a health risk to residents. According to a city of Wausau Facebook post, the green tinge to the drinking water…

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Report: Safe, clean drinking water eludes many Wisconsinites

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Lax enforcement, outdated rules and numerous substances — natural and manmade — threaten drinking water for hundreds of thousands of state residents By Ron Seely Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism In this place, hundreds of thousands of people face the specter of drinking water from wells that is unsafe, tainted by one or more contaminants…

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Court docs: Riverlife investor owes $559K in Iowa civil case

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By Shereen Siewert A judgment for $559,335 filed in Iowa against a development partner in the Wausau Riverlife Village project has been transferred to Wisconsin, according to court documents. The decision, recorded March 20 in Iowa and transferred June 7 to Walworth County, Wis., names Michael D. Frantz and Frantz Ventures, LLC, as defendants. Spring…

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