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A software glitch caused an error in the reporting of the number students requiring remedial math at the University of Wisconsin Stout. Stout officials say instead of the 54.6 percent figure released in the recent Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance report the correct figure is just 8.2 percent. In a release Stout officials say that the university regularly submits records to UW System for storage in a data warehouse, from which the originally reported statistic was drawn.
The Wisconsin State Patrol is adding some power under the hood. In addition to the familiar Ford Crown Victoria cruisers the force will be adding Dodge Chargers and seven Dodge Magnums to their fleet. Three new Chargers, all with V-6 engines, are ready for delivery to troopers at the Eau Claire, Fond du Lac and Tomah posts. In a couple of months four more Chargers all with V-8 Hemi engines will be added. These new cars are heading to the posts at Wausau, Waukesha, Eau Claire and DeForest posts. "The new vehicles provide excellent acceleration, handling and safety features," said Lt.
PARK FALLS -- The city of Park Falls held a celebration Monday because the community's biggest employer was back in business, and 300 local workers were back on the job. Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, looked out at the hundreds of people assembled in front of the headquarters of Flambeau River Papers and directed their attention to a smokestack.
Surging gas prices and an aging freeway system in need of expansion are two reasons why the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition believes the time is now to plan for high speed passenger rail service. The group is made up of business leaders from the Chippewa Valley area and they will in Hudson on August 16 at 7:30 a.m. in the Hudson City Hall. "We want to get business leaders from Hudson, Baldwin, Roberts and Hammond to come to the meeting and see what we have to offer," said Ray Willoughby, the group's co-chair.
Another big semi-truck carrying a dryer for an ethanol plant will be making its way through the region Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol the big rig will be leaving Waukesha between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesday and heading north on I-94. This time however, the truck won't be heading through Hudson. Instead the truck will leave I-94 at Highway 29 in Elk Mound. State Patrol officials expect this to happen at approximately 1 a.m. Wednesday.
A transformer serving much of the UW-River Falls campus failed late Friday afternoon prompting a chain of events that sent people to the hospital for exposure to toxic fumes and left campus staff scrambling to minimize discomfort for the visiting Kansas City Chiefs. River Falls Municipal Utilities brought in a replacement transformer from Beloit, Wis.. Full power was restored about 3 pm., Saturday -- more than 24 hours after the initial outage.
GREEN BAY - Pres. Bush is coming to Wisconsin for the second fundraiser in as many months Thursday. In July, the President helped Mark Green raise a few hundred thousand dollars for his gubernatorial campaign. On Thursday, Bush will try to do the same for John Gard, who's running for Congress. John Gard is running in the 8th Congressional District. It's the seat Mark Green is giving up to challenge the incumbent Governor. Political pundits say the district in northeastern Wisconsin is one to watch. Terri Johnson is a UW-Green Bay political scientist.
Margaret Jeanette Affolter, 76, of Clayton and formerly of Baldwin and Spring Valley, died Thursday, August 3, 2006 at the Barron Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM Monday August 7th at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond. Visitation was Sunday from 5 until 8PM at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, and is also one hour prior to the mass at church on Monday morning. Burial will be in the Northern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.
The price of many dairy products may soon increase because of hot weather in Wisconsin and California. Dairy marketing specialist Bob Cropp says the recent weather in the two states not only stresses dairy cows and lowers production, but will also impact the price of feedstock, such as corn and hay. Cropp says, however, that the impact may not be immediate. He notes there is a lot of cheese and butter in storage. He also says that the milk price is set once a month, so this impact will be seen starting here in August, with a continued increase to September.
An environmental voting scorecard says overall, the Wisconsin Senate's record is improving, but not the record of some individual senators. The League of Conservation Voters is releasing today its scorecard for the just completed 2005-2006 state legislative session. Kerry Schumann, executive director for the group, says one of the biggest changes from the previous session is that the average score of the Senators has gone from 46 percent to 62 percent. Schumann says legislators two years ago tried to roll back a lot of environmental laws.