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State's tobacco tax ranks 10th

The state's tax on tobacco products ranks among the largest in the nation. At $2.52 a pack for cigarettes, it's the 10th highest. Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says lawmakers targeted that revenue source, several years ago. He…

posted 2015-04-10 05:01 by WHBY


Highway 41 now officially I-41

Highway 41 is now officially I-41. Governor Walker made the announcement today, and a local economic development official says the change could attract new businesses to northeast Wisconsin. Larry Burkhardt of the Fox Cities Regional Partnership says some companies won't…

posted 2015-04-09 15:19:48 by WHBY

FBI: Madison man tried to join Islamic State

A Madison area man is facing federal charges, on accusations that he tried to join the Islamic State terrorist group. 34-year-old Joshua Van Haften is in custody, without bond, after he was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last night,…

posted 2015-04-09 13:05 by WHBY

Harbor House backs cyberstalking bill

A new state law will help abuse victims get restraining orders against out-of-state perpetrators. The leader of a local domestic abuse shelter says that will close a loophole. Beth Schnorr of Harbor House in Appleton says victims have had to…

posted 2015-04-09 13:04 by WHBY

Hintz: GOP needs to make budget changes

A Democrat on the Legislature's budget committee is urging Majority Republicans to make a series of changes to Governor Walker's proposed state budget. Rep. Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh wants to reduce some of the cuts to the UW System and…

posted 2015-04-09 13:03 by WHBY

Greenville holds top spot for new homes

For the ninth straight year, Greenville finished at the top of the list in the Fox Cities for new home starts. Crews built 84 homes in the town last year. The village and town of Harrison was second with 66,…

posted 2015-04-09 13:02 by WHBY

DOT: Replacing highway signs not cheap

Crews are repairing and replacing highway signs, that drivers damaged or destroyed, during the winter months. DOT signing engineer Matt Rauch says it happens every spring. He says they range from speed limit signs, to the large green signs that…

posted 2015-04-09 13:01 by WHBY

Former Habitat leader charged with child porn

The former director of the Habitat For Humanity Lakeside chapter, in Sheboygan, faces child pornography charges in Winnebago County. Authorities arrested 31-year-old Jay Barrientes last week, after an investigator downloaded a child pornography video from Barrientes, through a file sharing…

posted 2015-04-09 05:05 by WHBY

Steineke weighs in on Bucks plans

A Republican lawmaker from the Fox Valley says he was happy to see the plans for the Milwaukee Bucks arena district yesterday. Rep. Jim Steineke says the state's funding for the project is likely locked in at $150 million. The…

posted 2015-04-09 05:04 by WHBY

Construction value dipped in Appleton in 2014

There weren't as many construction projects in Appleton last year, and they weren't worth as much as in 2013. The city's annual growth report shows a nearly 22 percent decline in the value of the work last year, to $69…

posted 2015-04-09 05:03 by WHBY

Law allows liquor samples in stores

A new law gives grocery and liquor stores the opportunity to offer free samples of hard liquor. Governor Walker signed the proposal yesterday. It allows stores to give customers up to a half-ounce. Brandon Scholz of the Wisconsin Grocers Association…

posted 2015-04-09 05:02 by WHBY

Tourist spots pleased with set walleye limit

Fishermen would have a set walleye limit on lakes in northern Wisconsin, under a change that the state natural resources board is backing. Tourism groups like the idea too. The board agreed to create a daily limit of three walleye,…

posted 2015-04-09 05:01 by WHBY

Finally, the end is here for the pre-season. As you know, I am not a fan. Thursday: A one-hour PhilCast…
posted by Philcast 7 hours ago
The Appleton West football team outscored Oshkosh West 37-30 in a dramatic win last Friday. I spoke with West head…
posted by Alex Solsma 1 day ago
Today on the PhilCast I'll have a story that links our very own Lawrence University with the purple-haired Kelly Osbourne.…
posted by Philcast 1 day ago