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Economy & Business
11:24 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Downtown Milwaukee: Big Equipment Moves into Place to Demolish NML Building

Cranes reach the top of the 'old' 16-story building

Crews will disassemble the tall, brown Northwestern Mutual office building. Afterwards, construction will begin on its 32-story replacement.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Joint Finance Funds WEDC For Another Year

The Joint Finance committee Wednesday approved second-year funding for WEDC
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The Legislature's Joint Finance committee has decided to release about $60 million to Gov. Scott Walker’s embattled jobs agency.  The vote was 11-4, along party lines.

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Health & Science
7:13 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Three Tips to Keep Your Pet Protected This Winter

Fido may have fun in the snow, but he does need to be protected in the winter.
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The worst of the cold is over in Wisconsin - for now. But that doesn't mean winter won't still pose problems, particularly for our pets.

So how can we make sure Fido and friends are protected in the cold weather?

  • Your pet will tell you when it's too cold outside.

Executive director of the Wisconsin Humane Society Anne Reed says the real danger in extreme cold like Wisconsin just experienced is the same for both people and pets: frostbite. 

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Arts & Culture
6:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

ESSAY: Cabin Fever Gets to Us All

Unrelated to his North Woods cabin, essayist George Berdes is experiencing some cabin fever.
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In the midst of such a harsh winter, cabin fever is affecting young and old alike, as Lake Effect essayist George Berdes can attest:

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Books
5:53 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Parrot Helps Child Fighting Cancer in New Young Readers Novel

It may be about a parrot, but even Jane Kelley's cat enjoys her new novel for young readers.
Credit Jane Kelley

The young heroine of writer Jane Kelley’s latest novel is facing tough circumstances.

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Environment
5:32 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Thaw After Deep Freeze Can Wreak Havoc on Your Home

Thawing after a deep freeze can pose potential problems for your home.
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A January thaw is on its way by later this week (listen above). While that will undoubtedly be a relief the recent subzero temperatures, the rapid warm-up also comes with some hazards, especially for homeowners.

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Health & Science
3:05 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

As We Thaw, We Might See the Northern Lights

Weather permitting, people in northern states - including Wisconsin, may be able to view nature's light show. Your best chance may be Thursday evening.

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Politics & Government
11:12 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wisconsin Considers Sales Tax Holiday

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A bill in the Legislature would drop the sales tax for two weeks - one in August, when families school shop, the other in November, touching the holiday rush.

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Regional
9:34 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Donations, Big and Small, Help Busy Shelters Serve the Homeless

The head of Guest House is grateful that families, such as the one that sent this gift card and note, educate children about the needs of the homeless population.
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

Milwaukee’s shelters were crowded during the recent arctic blast, and are likely to remain in demand.

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Politics & Government
9:13 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wisconsin Residents Benefit to the Tune of Billions in Extended Unemployment Benefits

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Congress is deciding whether to renew three additional months of unemployment benefits. The country extended coverage during the depths of the recession, but this latest extension ended with December. On Tuesday, the Senate voted to advance a plan, although some Republicans want concessions.

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