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County mulls doubling salary for board chair

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WAUSAU — The chair of the Marathon County Board of Supervisors could see an annual salary increase of $15,081, more than doubling the salary being paid to current Board Chairman Kurt Gibbs. The salary hike, recommended by the county’s human resources, finance and property committee, will be discussed Tuesday during an educational meeting and budget…

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Deceptive veterans charity dissolves following action by state regulators

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Today, Attorney General Brad Schimel, on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), announced a settlement between 24 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation registered as a charitable organization in many states including Wisconsin. The settlement resulted in the organization’s dissolution. “VietNow lied about supporting veterans, and instead took…

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Public hearing for Wausau budget talks set, amid renewed calls for administrator

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WAUSAU — Taxpayers will have the chance to offer feedback and ask questions about Wausau’s proposed 2018 city budget at a public hearing set for Tuesday, while one city council member is renewing a call for a city administrator. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the council chambers at…

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We’re pouring millions of tons of salt on roads each year. Here’s why that’s a problem.

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The use of salt to de-ice roads and parking lots has skyrocketed in recent years. As environmental consequences emerge, scientists propose creative solutions. If you live — and drive — in a northern or mountainous climate, you’ve seen highway trucks spreading loads of rock salt on snowy highways to melt the ice. But where does…

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Citizen group plans independent testing of Thomas Street soil

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — A group of Wausau residents plans to conduct additional environmental testing of the soil along the Thomas Street corridor amid an ongoing debate over contaminated soil in the area. The Citizens for an Environmentally Safe Thomas Street Neighborhood in October hired Milwaukee attorney Ted Warpinski to represent the group, which…

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Here are 3 startling new stats on rape

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By Bernice Yeung/The Center for Investigative Reporting From Hollywood to newsrooms to college campuses, the recent accounts of sexual harassment and assault by prominent men have been as horrifying as they have been unyielding. That dozens of women have come forward so publicly to share their experiences with sexual violence is all the more astonishing…

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Seventh Circuit OKs police search in ‘Parking While Black’ case

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By Lorraine Bailey/Courthouse News CHICAGO (CN) – The full Seventh Circuit on Friday upheld the constitutionality of a police stop said to target a car for “parking while black,” in which Milwaukee officers pulled black passengers out of the car and handcuffed them for parking too close to a crosswalk. On Jan. 8, 2014, two…

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