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City’s removal of Facebook comment prompts legal debate

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — A city employee’s removal Wednesday of a comment from Wausau’s official Facebook page is prompting a debate over whether such action is ethical and legal. Kati Groeschel, executive assistant to Mayor Rob Mielke, told Wausau Pilot and Review that she removed the comment, a response to employment listings, because the…

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City leaders recommend 10 capital projects for 2019; Dog park fails to make the cut

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — Members of a Wausau committee on Tuesday earmarked 10 capital improvement projects for 2019, but some residents say they are unhappy with a lack of advance notice about the specific projects discussed. Council packets, by Wausau’s own rules, must be posted publicly six days before a scheduled meeting. The deadline…

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Abuse of 1,000 children detailed in report on Pennsylvania churches

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By Alexandra Jones/Courthouse News HARRISBURG, Pa. (CN) – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a damning grand jury report Tuesday that details 70 years of sexual abuse and cover-ups in six of the state’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses. Complied over the course of 18 months, the 1,356-page doorstopper describes allegations concerning more than 300 priests and thousands…

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Turnout in Wisconsin primary highest since 2002

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Turnout in Wisconsin’s primary that saw hotly contested races among both Democrats and Republicans is the highest since 2002. Based on official results, turnout statewide in Tuesday’s election was nearly 22.1 percent. That is the highest since 22.5 percent in 2002. That year featured a multi-candidate primary for governor on the…

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The Latest: Evers to challenge Wisconsin Gov. Walker

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local): 10 p.m. Wisconsin state schools chief Tony Evers has won the Democratic primary for governor and will face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. Evers emerged from a field of eight candidates in Tuesday’s primary. He was the only…

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Bryan Steil, former aide to retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, wins Republican primary

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement creates an opening in his southeastern Wisconsin congressional district for the first time in 20 years, fueling hopes among Democrats that they can pick up the seat that leans Republican. But a former Ryan aide from a prominent family in his hometown of Janesville is looking…

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Guest Column: Wausau’s debt, from a historical perspective

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By Keene Winters As the community eagerly awaits announcements from city hall about new plans to move the downtown mall and the east-side riverfront projects forward, it is important to remember that our resources are not infinite. In the eight years prior to 2016, the city carried an average of approximately $51 million in outstanding…

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UPDATE: Wausau officials to discuss Riverlife, city debt, in meetings this week

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect packet information posted on the city’s website and emailed to council members on Tuesday afternoon. By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU —Two of the biggest issues facing city leaders are slated for discussion in two separate meetings this week: debt and the troubled Riverlife Phase I development project.…

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Video aims to curtail elder abuse, trains bank staff to spot signs

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By Shereen Siewert A new training video that aims to educate tellers and other banking professionals on how to spot financial elder abuse and report it is now available in Wisconsin. According to Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, elder financial abuse increased 17.5 percent from 2016 to 2017 and represents a growing problem in the…

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