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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 7:30 AM

The nation’s newspapers won a big reprieve late last week when the International Trade Commission voted to repeal stiff tariffs on Canadian newsprint that the U.S. Commerce Department had imposed earlier this year. (subscriber access)

  • The nation’s newspapers won a big reprieve late last week when the International Trade Commission voted to repeal stiff tariffs on Canadian newsprint that the U.S. Commerce Department had imposed earlier this year. (subscriber access)

  • A growing and ever surging labor shortage — nationally, in Wisconsin, and in the Northwoods — is good news for workers this Labor Day weekend, but its’s terrible news for employers, and it’s sparking concerns about the sustainability of current levels of economic growth. (subscriber access)
  • The nation's newspapers are feeling the heat after the Trump administration imposed steep tariffs on Canadian newsprint earlier this year, and newspaper representatives are urging the International Trade Commission to end them, citing the burdensome impact, including closures and layoffs, especially at smaller community newspapers. subscriber access)
  • DNR, CDACs discuss 
CWD surveillance efforts
    The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and area County Deer Advisory Committees (CDACs) held a meeting at the Tomahawk High School last week to discuss chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance efforts. (subscriber access)
  • Criminal justice reform - and in particular a Democratic plan to slash the number of state inmates in half - has emerged as a major issue in the governor's race, with Democrats saying too many people are incarcerated and Gov. Scott Walker saying the plan would put dangerous criminals on the street. (subscriber access)
  • NRB discusses deer farm fencing, carcass movement
    Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always-fatal brain disease affecting cervids such as white-tailed deer and elk. The first case of CWD was found in Wisconsin in 2002. (subscriber access)
  • The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 5-2 last week that the state was within its rights to withdraw blood without a warrant from an unconscious person who had been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. (subscriber access)
  • The state of Wisconsin has handed out $11.6 million in 2018 lump-sum bonuses to almost 4,700 employees, The Lakeland Times has found in a records investigation. (subscriber access)
  • The League of Wisconsin Municipalities (LWM) has launched an effort to get local governments to pitch in financially in a campaign to advocate for higher taxes on many businesses. (subscriber access)
  • Wisconsin's new DAG 
from Lac du Flambeau
    She's been the first at many things during her time in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

    Joni Mathews, a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, can now add Wisconsin's first female deputy adjutant general for Army to the list. (subscriber access)
  • Wisconsin attorney general Brad Schimel said this week that all 4,155 of Wisconsin's backlogged sexual assault kits have been submitted for testing and the testing will be complete by the end of the year. (subscriber access) (web exclusive)
  • Anti-union laws enacted in Wisconsin since 2011 have taken their toll on union membership, recent U.S. Department of Labor statistics show, though other factors also appear to be weighing down union organizing efforts, experts say. (subscriber access)
  • In a significant win for Main Street banks and credit unions across the country, not to mention for the Trump administration, Congress passed last week the so-called Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which rolls back major regulatory features of the Dodd-Frank banking act. (subscriber access)
  • Gov. Scott Walker kicked off the next state budget cycle this week, sending instructions to state agencies to submit budget proposals with no requests for increased funding, with certain exceptions. (subscriber access)
  • Wisconsin and the U.S. are both locked in a deadly battle with opioid addiction, but there was some good news in the state this past week as a new report showed opioid prescriptions dispensed over the last year were down 10 percent in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
  • Governor embraces Lionsgate Academy, Lakeland STAR
    Gov. Scott Walker toured Lionsgate Academy in Minnesota recently, saying the visit to the pioneering charter school for children with autism was an eye-opening experience for him, and the governor also predicted great things for Lakeland STAR Academy/School in Minocqua, the new charter school being modeled after Lionsgate. (subscriber access)
  • Governor addresses Grow North annual meeting
    Gov. Scott Walker was in Rhinelander on May 14 to address the membership of the Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation at the group's annual meeting held at Nicolet Area Technical College. (subscriber access) (web exclusive)
  • The Federal Communications Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom Order - otherwise known as the repeal of net neutrality - will take effect on June 11, the agency said last week, returning the regulation of Internet service providers to the light-touch approach that existed before the Obama-era regulatory framework was established. (Subscriber Access) (Web Exclusive)
  • Never Forgotten Honor Flight takes 88 veterans to D.C.
    The freedoms we enjoy as Americans have always come at the highest of costs, the blood, sweat, tears of the men and women who stand between those who would take those liberties away and the rest of the populace. (subscriber access)
  • Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have released their proposed annual farm bill - which includes appropriations for food stamps, or SNAP - and Democrats, both on the national and state level, are up in arms, saying the plan will exacerbate hunger, particularly among children. (subscriber access)
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