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Taxpayers Alliance Looks at School FundingSubmitted: 11/12/2012
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - A new study shows the contentious cuts to teachers' benefits pushed by Governor Scott Walker last year offset about two-thirds of the reductions to school revenue.

The report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance shows school districts across Wisconsin collectively cut spending on health and pension benefits by about $287 million in the 2011-2012 academic year as the result of cuts to public worker benefits and limits on collective bargaining.

The alliance found the benefit cuts offset about 64 percent of the $451 million decrease in revenue for school districts that was imposed to help balance the budget passed by Republican lawmakers last year.

The analysis used data from the more than 420 Wisconsin school districts collected by the state Department of Public Instruction.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)

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Frat boots UWM chapter president amid drug probeSubmitted: 09/23/2014

MILWAUKEE - An international fraternity has revoked the membership of the president of its University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee chapter amid an investigation into whether local fraternity members slipped ``date rape'' drugs into party drinks.

Twenty-eight-year-old Thomas Kreinbring was president of Tau Kappa Epsilon at UWM.

Kreinbring was charged Friday with several drug-related crimes, including keeping a drug house and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

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Home sales decline in AugustSubmitted: 09/23/2014

WISCONSIN - Sales of existing homes in Wisconsin have declined.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports sales dropped 5.7 percent in August compared to a year earlier.

Association board chairman Steve Lane says tighter inventory of properties in the state's metro areas could have slowed sales there.

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Air National Guard training in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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The 128th Air National Guard is finishing its training at the local camp by building the cabin.

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Packers ticket scam hit fans outside of MarshfieldSubmitted: 09/23/2014

MARSHFIELD - More Wisconsin residents have reported they were victims of a Green Bay Packers ticket scam through which police say a 37-year-old Marshfield man stole tens of thousands of dollars.

Lt. Darren Larson of the Marshfield Police Department's detective bureau tells the News-Herald Media (http://mnhne.ws/1pqjCqg ) that football fans from outside the department's jurisdiction are coming forward. The Marshfield man, whose name hasn't been released by police, previously admitted to scamming local fans seeking Packers tickets.

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Search on for inmate who walked off job siteSubmitted: 09/23/2014

MARATHON COUNTY - Police want your help finding an inmate who walked away in Marathon County.

The sheriff's department tells us inmate Dylan Alexandroni had been out on work release at Draeger's Dairy Farm.

At 8:45 Monday night, the Marathon County Jail got a call from Draeger's that Alexandroni had quit working and left.

Alexandroni called the work release office and talked to an officer.

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Gov. Walker will appoint new Langlade County judgeSubmitted: 09/23/2014

ANTIGO - Governor Walker will need to fill a judge position in Langlade County, according to a press release from the governor's office Tuesday.

Judge Fred Kawalski will step down in late November.

Kawalski was elected to the post in 2011.

He could've stayed on as judge until his six year term ended in 2017.

The appointed judge will be up for election in April 2015.

The governor's office will take applications until Friday, October 10th.

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Dems outspend Republicans in summer TV ads; expect things to heat up even more with close raceSubmitted: 09/23/2014

ACROSS WISCONSIN - You should expect to see even more political advertisements as the November election approaches.

A report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows Democrats spent more than Republicans for the governor's race on television ads across the state this summer.

That's a reversal from 2012. The report showed that both candidates and outside groups spent nearly $5 million in television ads.

A September release of the Marquette University Law School Polls shows a close race between Mary Burke and Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin). Gov. Walker received support from 46% of all registered voters polled, while Burke received 46% support.

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