U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin thinks President Obama's plan to make the first two years of community college free will help spur on the economy. But the fate of the idea is unknown in an opposite party majority in the Senate and House.
The proposal would make the first two years of college free and universal like public K-12 education. The federal government would pick up 75 percent and the state 25 percent.
An angry Rhinelander city council last night reprimanded both the City Administrator and Mayor for withholding key information that impacted the council budget process.
Expera Specialty Solutions asked the state Department of Revenue last year to have it's paper mills in Mosinee and Rhinelander reassessed. The new numbers had a 4.6% impact on the city's revenues. But that information was withheld by Mayor Dick Johns and City Administrator Blaine Oborn until just days before the council was to vote on this year's budget.
A father and son who entered guilty pleas in October to distributing Oxycodone on the Lac du Flambeau reservation are going to federal prison.
54 year old Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and his son, 30 year old Ryan Old Coyote will spend two-and-a-half years in prison. Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced for distribution , and Ryan was sentenced for using wire communication via Money Gram as part of the distribution scheme.
Rhinelander is one of a handful of Wisconsin communities that bans cell phone use while driving. That ordinance went into effect last June.
Police Chief Michael Steffes says the department did limited enforcement, focusing initially on getting the word out and educating drivers...
"....between signage, notifying the media and working with the media and giving verbal warnings as officers encounter people on the phone, particularly if they were demonstrating other aspects of inattentive driving..."
The U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs has rejected an agreement which called for the Forest County Potawatomi to be reimbursed by the state for any losses at its Milwaukee casino when another casino is opened less than 50 miles away.
Governor Scott Walker still has until next month to approve or deny the proposed off-reservation casino the Menominee Nation wants to open. The Potawatomi plans to sue, saying the courts should reinstate the deal which would force the state of Wisconsin to pay them 100-million dollars if the second casino project moves forward.
A showdown with President Obama is possible, as the House of Representatives approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline Friday(1/9/15) by a 266-153 margin. 28 Democrats joined majority Republicans to pass the measure.
Earlier, the Nebraska Supreme Court allowed the pipeline through that state after a new course away from environmentally sensitive areas was drawn up. The proposed pipeline would first go to Nebraska then south to the Gulf Coast.