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Madison Preps For Biden

By Morgan McCarthy | February 7, 2023

The work has begun for President Biden’s visit to the Madison area. The president will be in town tomorrow to help sell his State of the Union address. This will be Madison’s first visit from a sitting president since Barack Obama came to town in 2012. The White House says the president will speak about good-paying union jobs.

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Senator Baldwin Pecks At Bird Flu Issues

By Morgan McCarthy | February 7, 2023

 Wisconsin’s Democratic U.S. Senator is asking for answers about the bird flu. Senator Tammy Baldwin yesterday signed a letter to the USDA, pressing for more information about the avian flu. Baldwin and several other senators say the bird flu has killed nearly 60 million birds in 47 states, including Wisconsin. Their letter says the bird flu has had a direct impact on the spike in the price of eggs. Baldwin says the USDA has plenty of money, and wants the agency

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Man Sentenced in Home Fire

By Morgan McCarthy | February 7, 2023

It’s 15 years behind bars for the Eau Claire man who set a house on fire with seven people inside. A judge handed Thomas Hicks his sentence yesterday. He pleaded guilty to lighting his house on fire back in January of 2022 because his wife accused him of cheating. Hicks says he left the house without waking anyone else up. All seven people were able to make it out alive, the fire gutted the home.

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Waupaca Co. Mom Headed to Prison

By Morgan McCarthy | February 7, 2023

 A Waupaca County mom is heading to prison for her role in her son’s murder back in 2019. A judge yesterday sentenced 37-year-old Tiffany Powell to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors say she helped her boyfriend track down her son after he stole the boyfriend’s lizards and snakes. Video shows Powell point a double barreled shotgun at her son as the boyfriend prepared to fight him. Prosecutors say the boyfriend actually pulled the trigger, but they say Powell was a

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Same Location, New Gig For Former Congressman

By Morgan McCarthy | February 7, 2023

Former western Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind’s new job will keep him in Washington, D.C.. Kind yesterday said he’s been hired as a senior policy advisor at the firm Arnold & Porter. Kind just ended a 26 year career in Congress, he chose not to run for re-election last fall. Kind says the new job will allow him to ‘find solutions to complex policy and legal issues that affect us all.’

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WI National Guard Low On New Recruits

By Morgan McCarthy | February 7, 2023

The Wisconsin National Guard is having trouble recruiting. The guard yesterday said it is 17 percent short of its goals for the year. Lt. Colonel Shannon Hellenbrand says it makes it harder on all soldiers when there are not enough new soldiers coming into the guard. Recruitment challenges are not new for the guard, Hellenbrand says they fell short last year as well. The Wisconsin National Guard wanted to recruit 950 new soldiers last year, but they ended-up getting just 577. There are a

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Evers Selects New DHS Lead

By Morgan McCarthy | February 7, 2023

Milwaukee’s former public health boss is Governor Evers’ new pick to head the state’s Department of Health Services. Governor Evers yesterday named Kirsten Johnson as his new Health Secretary. Johnson worked in Ozaukee County before moving to Milwaukee during the worst of the coronavirus. She helped oversee the city’s response to the virus. She recently quit, citing a lack of respect from city leaders in Milwaukee. The governor says Johnson’s ‘wealth of experience’ makes her perfect for the job. The Wisconsin Senate

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Local Musician Hits High Note

By Morgan McCarthy | February 7, 2023

A Memorial grad can now add a Grammy to his resume. Jazz pianist, Geoffrey Keezer won the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Sunday night. Keezer graduated from Memorial High School, and his father is a former professor at UW-Eau Claire. Keezer won his Grammy for the song “Refuge” which is off his latest album “Playdate.”

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Washington Ticket Hits Big

By Morgan McCarthy | February 7, 2023

 A winning ticket for Monday night’s massive Powerball drawing has been sold in Washington state.  The drawing ended up being worth more than 750-million dollars.  The win resets the jackpot to 20-million bucks.  

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Bounceback Grants Impact WI Main Streets

By Morgan McCarthy | February 6, 2023

As the new year is underway, we get a look at bouncing back. The Main Street Bounceback grants have proven successful across our state. When Governor Evers created the program in the spring of 2021, the idea was to help communities build thriving downtowns by providing $10,000 grants to businesses and nonprofits that moved into empty storefronts. The governor initially provided $50 million in federal recovery funds, or enough to assist 5,000 businesses. As demand for the grants surged, he

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