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    What we learn from what doctors charge Medicare: Our View

    In a massive data release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week, for the first time in decades we can get a look at what doctors are charging Medicare for everything from routine checkups to heart surgeries.

    • 2:18 PM
  2. Videojournalists set up outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2104. The court is hearing arguments between Aereo, Inc., an internet startup company that gives subscribers access to broadcast television on their laptops and other portable devices and the broadcasters. The Associated Press

    Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  3. Mark Bucki listens as judge Jay Tlusty instructs the jury, Monday, April 7, 2014, during Bucki's murder trial at the Lincoln County Court House in Merrill. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Sentencing set for convicted wife killer

    A Lincoln County man who stabbed his wife to death and hid her body in a Taylor County swamp will be sentenced this summer.

    • 3:17 PM
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    UW Center for Civic Engagement serves as a testament, legacy to UWMC's Jim Veninga: column

    Where do you go to get valuable information, meet new people, build key relationships, hatch an idea and test it against the ideas of others? For most of us, the answer is 'it depends.'

    • 8:25 AM
  5.  Photo courtesy of Josh Hallett/Creative Commons

    Wausau police respond to report of gunfight, find students with Nerf guns

    Police on Tuesday responded to a report of a possible fight with firearms on the city's west side, only to find six high school students playing with Nerf guns.

    • 9:20 AM
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    Take closer look at UW tuition freeze: Other View

    Another billion-dollar University of Wisconsin System surplus calls for another two-year tuition freeze. At least that's the view taken by Gov. Scott Walker.

    • 6:14 AM
  7. Brian O. Sentkowski

    Nekoosa man pleads guilty to killing kitten

    A 25-year-old Nekoosa man authorities say killed his sister's kitten pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wood County Circuit Court.

    • 9:28 AM
  8. Merrill's MaKayla Heckendorf pitches against Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Tuesday April 22, 2014 in girl's softball action at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. CASEY LAKE/DAILY HERALD MEDIA

    Prep softball: Merrill outlasts Rapids

    Playing solid in all three phases of the game, the Merrill softball team was able to outlast Wisconsin Rapids during a Wisconsin Valley Conference game.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  9. An experimental boom surrounded Madison's B.B. Clarke beach in 2010 to keep out algae, though it ended up being closed June 24 for high E. coli levels. Algae and bacteria are the prime causes for beach closures throughout the Madison area and the state. Mike DeVries/The Capital Times

    Beach closures highlight algae, bacteria threats in Yahara lakes and across Wisconsin

    After one of Madison's longest, coldest winters ever, swimming season is almost here — along with toxic algal blooms, bacteria, invasive milfoil and other pestilences of the lakes.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  10. April showers on the way

    After a few hours of sunshine today, showers will develop this afternoon and will linger into Thursday.

    • 7:50 AM
  11. The powerful full-size 2014 Nissan Titan once again offers a range of body, bed and drivetrain configurations designed to fit a variety of buyer needs from a durable business tool to a versatile family adventurer. For 2014, Titan is available in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles with a choice of 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations, along with two wheelbases (139.8 inches and 159.5 inches) and three bed lengths. Titan is available in four well-equipped models - S, SV, PRO-4X and SL. Wieck

    2014 Nissan Titan pickup truck offers wide range of configurations

    For 2014, the powerful full-size Nissan Titan pickup truck continues to offer a unique combination of style, innovation and excellent value — including a range of body, bed and drivetrain configurations.

    • 12:48 PM
  12. Spring treatments for crabgrass control should only be needed if you had an infestation the prior summer. A lush, full lawn, well-maintained — this does not necessarily mean fertilized — is your best defense against invasive annual crabgrass. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Yard MD blog: Lawn intervention

    Unnecessary early spring fertilizing and weed killers create lawn and garden woes later on in the season, especially when applied incorrectly, at the wrong time, excessively or carelessly.

    • 8:43 AM
  13.  AP

    Letter: Focus on gun education, not restriction

    EDITOR: Because of recent acts of violence that have involved guns, firearms have gotten a reputation that portrays them as dangerous objects that are responsible for the deaths of many people in America.

    • 6:08 AM
  14. Photo illustration on teen texting. Thursday, January 12, 2012. Gannett Wisconsin Media photo illustration/file

    Letter: Hey grown-ups, lay off us teens

    EDITOR: I often read articles written by adults about why teenagers act the way they do. Being a sophomore in high school, I can admit that teens are not the most pleasant all the time — but does that give adults the right to generalize us and call us all things like “lazy” and “unappreciative”?

    • 6:10 AM
  15. 'Viewer Discretion Advised' in Wittenberg

    An exhibition of pop surrealism or lowbrow art pieces created by about 30 artists is on display in Wittenberg's WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal Street.

    • 11:29 AM
  16. Baking Scotch eggs cuts the fat of frying and is easier to make. AP/Matthew Mead

    Use leftover eggs: Baking makes rich, tasty Scotch eggs easier

    Frankly, it's hard to produce a healthy rendering of a Scotch egg. But we decided to give it a go, because these delicious little calorie bombs are just too tempting.

    • 2:10 PM
  17. Wausau Center mall Wausau Daily Herald file photo

    Wausau delays decision on waiving mall's rent

    The city delayed a vote Tuesday on whether to waive rental and other fees totaling $146,000 for the owners of the Wausau Center mall.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  18. Chris Hansen helps his daughter Rebekah put a package of bees into a hive. Photo courtesy Hansen Honey Farm

    The buzz

    George Ackermann wasn't surprised to find his bees dead in their hives earlier this spring.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  19. Wausau takes small step toward Thomas Street reconstruction (with video)

    The Wausau City Council in an emotionally charged meeting Tuesday authorized the city's use of a consultant's report for a long-awaited reconstruction project along West Thomas Street.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  20. A Shawano County Sheriff squad car parks in the entrance to a gas station and fast-food McDonald restaurant where an armed person held a store employee hostage Tuesday in Wittenberg. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Hostage incident at Shawano Co. McDonald's ends peacefully after two hours

    A poised clerk and a skilled hostage negotiator on Tuesday helped peacefully end an armed standoff at a McDonald's restaurant in a western Shawano County village.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  21. Watch the replay: How can we address the burden of high student loan debt?

    In advance of a town hall meeting tonight in Stevens Point, Rep. Katrina Shankland and representatives from the One Wisconsin Now Institute sat down with the Gannett Central Wisconsin Media Editorial Board to discuss high student loan debt and ways to address the problem. Watch the replay below:

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  22. A Greek style souffled omelet is more than enough for a satisfying meal. AP

    Egg whites work magic for 2-person omelet

    Leaving aside anything made with powdered eggs (which don't really count as eggs at all in my book), I've never met an egg dish I didn't like. But at the tippy top of my list of favorites is the edible magic trick known as the souffled omelet.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  23. Woodson searches for fashion show volunteers

    The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is searching for models to volunteer at its upcoming Recycled Runway fashion show May 3.

    • 3:28 PM
  24. Johnny Schmitz in an autographed publicity photo

    Gary Gisselman column: Johnny Schmitz pitched his way into baseball history, locally and nationally

    One of the fine threads of sports history in Wausau is the life of Johnny Schmitz. He grew up in Wausau, was noticed by baseball scouts and at a young age left Wausau for a career in major league baseball.

    • 8:22 AM
  25. Angel Barker

    Drug investigation nets 5 arrests on city's southeast

    Investigators have cracked a methamphetamine-distribution ring with the arrest of five people at a southeast-side home and the seizure of thousands of dollars in illegal drugs, police say.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  26. Wausau businessman plans 'special announcement' about 85th Assembly District

    A Wausau businessman could be launching a bid to challenge Wausau Democrat Mandy Wright for her state Assembly seat.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  27. Alicia Mehre works on a sign at Finishing Touch Signs in the Wausau Business Campus Tuesday. Finishing Touch Signs was named a Small Business of the Year by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. Grebe's and Bridge Community Health Clinic also received awards. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Updated: Finishing Touch, Grebe's, Bridge Clinic capture small-business awards (with video)

    A sign company, a longtime family-owned hardware store and a community clinic have been recognized for being top-notch small businesses in the Wausau area.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  28. Update: Dog rescued from burning home in Wausau (with video)

    No one was injured and a small dog was rescued when a fire broke out Tuesday morning at a home on Wausau's east side.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  29. D.C. Everest's Rachel Bauman reacts as she swings at a pitch Tuesday against Wisconsin Valley Conference rival Stevens Point Area Senior High. Everest won 4-3. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Prep softball: D.C. Everest edges SPASH in early-season WVC matchup (with video)

    D.C. Everest's Reegan Schubring caught the infield pop-up in foul territory just in front of the Evergreens' dugout to seal a noteworthy victory for her team Tuesday.

    • 12:03 PM
  30. This is a photo of a common Wisconsin stew made with wild game and vegetables. What is it? Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Take the quiz! From hodags to wapatuli, how well do you know Wisconsin?

    Enter here to take the quiz on mobile devices

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  31. Pittsburgh Pirates' Travis Snider, left, takes down Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez (27) as Brewers' Rickie Weeks, right, joins a skirmish between the two teams Sunday in Pittsburgh. Gomez and Snider were ejected from the game. AP

    Brewers' Gomez, Maldonado suspended for roles in brawl

    Major League Baseball has suspended four players involved in last Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  32. Katherine Axlen

    UWSP mourns students killed in cycle crash

    Alexander Reeder led his University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point ROTC group on a 5 a.m. ruck march Monday along the Tomorrow River Trail.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  33. Samuel Teague

    Man accused of hiding gun from fatal shooting asks for speedy trial

    A 30-year-old man accused of taking a gun from a homicide suspect moments after a fatal shooting at a Wausau tavern is asking for a speedy trial.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  34. Jeffrey Burgoyne

    Solicitation suspect reaches plea deal

    A 57-year-old Hatley man arrested in a January sting that targeted customers of an illegal escort trade will avoid a criminal conviction if he stays out of trouble for nine months.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  35. Transportation secretary holds town hall meet

    The Transportation Moves Wisconsin Tour will make a stop in Wausau next week.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  36. Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun reacts after striking out during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Milwaukee. AP Photo/Morry Gash

    Brewers bats cold, fall 2-1 in 12 to Padres

    Yovani Gallardo made it a point to be aggressive on the mound and get hitters to chase pitches that could be turned into easy outs.

    • 7:28 AM
  37. Prep roundup: DCE baseball falls short to SPASH

    Stevens Point Area Senior High baseball coach Kraig Terpstra felt it would have been a shame if his starting pitcher Austin Schulfer wound up with a loss or no-decision Tuesday.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  38. Eggs in puttanesca with angel hair pasta. AP

    Eggs break out, crack the haute cuisine scene

    Don't tell James Beard Award-winning food writer Michael Ruhlman that eggs are trending.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Firefighters respond to blaze at Wausau apartment complex

    Two apartments units had to be evacuated for a time Tuesday after a fire was discovered in a small utility structure attached to an apartment complex on Wausau's west side.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  40. Two people were pronounced dead Monday afternoon when a motorcycle collided with another vehicle on Highway 66 at Highway PP in the town of Linwood. Nathan Vine/Stevens Point Journal Media

    UPDATE: Motorcyclist, passenger killed in Portage County crash were UWSP students

    The two people killed in a Monday motorcyle crash west of Stevens Point were both University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  41. Amanda Osborne

    Update: Jail walkaway captured at Rothschild movie theater

    A 22-year-old woman who walked away from the Marathon County Jail April 11 was captured Monday night when an anonymous caller reported the woman was at a Rothschild movie theater.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  42. SPASH rides second-half goal barrage past East (With video)

    Through the opening half Monday, Wausau East keeper Clara Baumann looked as if she had magnets for hands instead of gloves.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Find your way to celebrate Earth Day: Other View

    Wisconsin is blessed with incredible natural treasures. Of course, we have the lakeshore that we all love, and, we have much more nearby, including Horicon Marsh and the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  44. Wine & Dine

    This week's recipe: Baked Scotch eggs

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  45. Two people were pronounced dead following a crash Monday afternoon involving a motorcycle and a vehicle, police said. Nathan Vine/Gannett Central Wisconin Media

    Two dead in Portage County crash

    LINWOOD — Two people were pronounced dead Monday afternoon after a motorcycle hit a passenger vehicle in the town of Linwood.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  46. Letter: Licensing escorts is sure to work, right?

    EDITOR: So the Wausau Public Heath and Safety Committee is considering the licensing of escorts. That's a fine idea. Next we can ask the burglars and drug dealers to get licenses also.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  47. Ask an Officer: Who sets speed limits?

    Question: Who sets the speed limits on roadways in the city?

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  48. Roasting caramelizes the natural sugars of squash, making the vegetable deliciously sweet. To give this staple of hearty winter meals a lighter touch, top it with a soft-cooked egg. Matthew Mead/AP

    Egg-topped roasted squash bridges winter to summer

    Just one more squash dish. Before spring truly arrives, I wanted to squeeze in just one more recipe for roasted butternut squash.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  49. A parking meter shows no time left as a car is parked in the space the meter is for in downtown Wausau, Monday, September 24, 2012.

    Letter: Wausau should pick up tab for parking

    EDITOR: I can shop, eat or meet at any establishment in Rib Mountain, Schofield, Weston, or Rothschild and do it all with ample and free parking. In my humble opinion, I think Wausau's tagline of 'Welcome Home to Wausau' should be changed to

    • Apr. 21, 2014

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