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Oct. 26—Since the Vancouver Innovation Center in Fisher's Landing was purchased by new ownership from New York, much change is happening to transform the former HP headquarters into a fruitful business and living space. New Blueprint Partners, owned by Marc Esrig and Ron Schinik, purchased 47 acres of land and buildings from SEH America for $35 million and an undisclosed amount for 132 acres ...

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A new method for delivering mail to North Carolina prison inmates will help foil drug smugglers, state officials say. But critics worry that the change will further fray connections between prisoners and the outside world. Under a change that went into effect on Oct. 18, inmates in the state’s men’s prisons are no longer getting the original cards and letters sent by their loved ones. They’re ...

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Oct. 26—EAU CLAIRE — A search warrant that occurred last week at the Eau Claire County Department of Human Services office greatly impacted employees and the community members they serve, according to the department director. The search warrant was executed by the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office as part of its ongoing investigation into DHS financial practices that began in May 2020. Last ...

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Oct. 26—EAU CLAIRE — Local hospitals and health organizations this week are preparing to start administering COVID-19 booster shots to Moderna and Johnson and Johnson recipients. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week formally recommended booster shots for more vulnerable groups of people who received the Moderna vaccine, and people over 18 who have had the Johnson & ...

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Oct. 26—EAU CLAIRE — The Eau Claire school board voted unanimously Monday to approve the district's 2021-22 budget. In a brief meeting, the board approved a tax rate of $7.03 per $1,000 of equalized value. It is 41 cents less than last year's tax rate of $7.44 per $1,000 of equalized value. (Homeowners' exact property taxes are collected based on their property's assessed value, depending on ...

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Oct. 26—Madison's Finance Committee rejected Monday three budget amendments that would have cut funding for police and put the money toward a recently launched team of mental health first responders. Together, the amendments would have eliminated 11 new police recruits, as well as a new position focused on police reform, for a total cut of $795,000 to the Madison Police Department's budget. ...

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Oct. 26—Nearly four years after he was charged with killing a longtime friend, a jury is hearing testimony in the trial of Ted Bruno, who admits he stabbed his friend multiple times at a Stoughton home but says he did so in self-defense. Bruno, 53, was charged on Nov. 30, 2017, with first-degree intentional homicide for the death of Kim M. Gaida, 46, three days earlier at Gaida's home on ...

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Oct. 26—A Janesville woman testified Monday that as a paramedic for a private ambulance service exposed himself to her after first having touched one of her breasts during a hospital transfer 2 1/2 years ago, she shut her eyes and thought to herself, "This can't be happening." The woman's testimony opened a scheduled three-day trial for Timothy E. Ovadal, 39, of Madison, who is charged with ...

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Oct. 26—Middleton senior Ellie Frisch was a first-team selection on the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin All-State team. Frisch, a UW-Green Bay commit, placed fourth at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament, leading the Cardinals to a third-place finish. Union Grove's Norah Roberts was a first-team choice and the player of the year, according to the coaches' announcement. Milton's Hannah ...

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Oct. 26—A GOP-authored bill aimed at curbing what information assessors could use when determining the value of property would mean significantly higher property taxes for Madison homeowners, according to the Madison city assessor. The proposed bill, which will come before the state Assembly Tuesday, is part of an eight-bill package unveiled earlier this month by legislative Republicans who ...