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Stifter movin' on: Goodbye university, hello City Hall
Area man worked behind the scenes to 'get things done' at the RNC convention
Russ Feingold to visit River Falls tonight
Wisconsin news roundup: Sawyer County court clerk dies in apparent murder/suicide; DNC: Baldwin hails Hillary's health record, Moore slams Trump; nine more Wisconsin news stories
New Richmond girl, 14, charged with attempted homicide
crime and courts
River Falls advances in Legion State Tourney
Rain alters Legion State Tourney schedule
Legion state baseball tournament underway
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
How has the past affected today’s outdoors heritage?
Weekend Happenings July 29-31
Around River Falls, mid-summer gardens bloom with colorful splashes
Featured photo: Storm
RFMU thanks customers with food, fun in the sun
Community Band to do free ‘Chill on the Hill’ gig
arts and entertainment
TOWN OF KINNICKINNIC: 8/2/16 Town Board Meeting
TOWN OF PLEASANT VALLEY: 8/4/16 Town Board Meeting
RIVER FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT: 8/1/16 Educational Program Committee Meeting
TOWN OF RIVER FALLS: 8/4/16 Public Test of Voting Equipment
TOWN OF CLIFTON: 8/2/16 Town Board Meeting
Dorothy "Dodie" Sazama age 75
Frederick "Fritz" Anding, 87
Eileen (Hamman) Scott
Drs. Alex P. and Nerissa L. Avestruz
Barbara Smrdel, 86
Featured River Falls Journal letters of the week from St. Croix & Pierce district attorneys
Editorial: Following tragedies, memorials bring us together
Featured column: Young local author can even engage the minds of L.O.F.s
Featured outdoor column: Wild Side
Featured letters: Focus on the environment
Real Estate Showcase
November 18, 2009
Officials cut off funding to 36 child care providers in Wisconsin Shares
State officials cut off funding to 36 child-care providers last month, for allegedly defrauding the Wisconsin Shares program. The Department of Children and Families gave the latest figures to the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee. Thirty of the newest offenders are from Milwaukee...
November 18, 2009 - 9:00am
November 6, 2009
Both houses approve drastic changes in Wisconsin Shares child care program
Gov. Jim Doyle promises to sign a major bill to reduce fraud and get criminals out of the state's tax-funded child care program for the working poor. Both houses unanimously approved reforms Thursday in the Wisconsin Shares child care program. That's after child care providers...
November 6, 2009 - 9:00am
October 21, 2009
Lawmakers vote to make child care providers liable for improper payments
The state could soon have the power to take back fraudulent payments to child care providers who go out of business. Both houses of the Legislature approved a bill Tuesday to make day care owners and officers personally liable for improper state funding under the Wisconsin Shares...
October 21, 2009 - 9:00am
October 15, 2009
Eleven more child care providers lose funding from Wisconsin Shares
Eleven more child care providers have had their state funding cut off, for defrauding the Wisconsin Shares program or violating its rules. This brings to 99 the number of providers cut off since a state audit discovered millions of dollars in fraudulent or suspicious payments to...
October 15, 2009 - 9:00am
October 6, 2009
State funding cut off at 19 more child care centers accused of fraud or abuse in Wisconsin Shares program
State funding has been cut off at 19 more child care centers accused of fraud or abuse in the Wisconsin Shares program for the working poor. That brings to 88 the total number of centers which lost their taxpayer aid, since a state audit uncovered $20 million in fraudulent and questionable...
October 6, 2009 - 9:34am
September 30, 2009
New bills attack fraud and criminal involvement in child care program
A new bill would make it a crime for state and county workers to look the other way when child care providers commit fraud in the Wisconsin Shares program. And another bill would permanently ban certain types of criminals from getting state child care licenses. Those measures...
September 30, 2009 - 9:00am
September 29, 2009
More child care providers lose state payments for alleged fraud
Thirty-five more child care providers have had their state payments cut off for allegedly defrauding the Wisconsin Shares program. Their cases have been referred to law enforcement. And it brings to 69 the number of centers which lost their subsidies. The vast majority are in...
September 29, 2009 - 9:00am
September 24, 2009
Legislators fume as problems mount in Wisconsin Shares' child care program
Legislators fumed Wednesday as problems continued to mount in the Wisconsin Shares tax-funded child care program for the working poor. An ongoing audit turned up four cases in which registered sex offenders had the same addresses as child care providers. And no children were harmed...
September 24, 2009 - 9:03am
September 22, 2009
State cuts off funding to 34 child care providers accused of fraud
State officials have cut off funding to 34 child-care providers accused of defrauding Wisconsin Shares, the tax-funded care program for the working poor. The cases are now in the hands of a special law enforcement task force created after a state audit uncovered $18 million in fraudulent...
September 22, 2009 - 9:00am
September 18, 2009
State agency gives $25,000 to child care provider allegedly overpaid in Wisconsin Shares program
State officials have been trying to get back $103,000 overpaid to a Milwaukee child care provider in the Wisconsin Shares program. But the same agency gave Latasha Jackson another $25,000 check this week. According to the Journal Sentinel, the money was for child care Jackson provided...
September 18, 2009 - 9:00am
September 10, 2009
Officials team with law enforcement to fight fraud in Wisconsin Shares
Wisconsin officials will team up with law enforcement to fight fraud in the state's child care program for the working poor. A task force will be announced Friday to go after those bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Wisconsin Shares program. The Milwaukee Journal...
September 10, 2009 - 9:00am
June 16, 2009
Lawmaker says Wisconsin Shares program is 'out of control'
Rep. Mark Gundrum, R-New Berlin, says he's working on a bill to stop serious criminals from being child-care providers, and getting state tax money to care for children of the working poor. On Sunday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that almost 500 providers in the program...
June 16, 2009 - 9:00am
June 9, 2009
Milwaukee woman gets five years prison for defrauding Wisconsin Shares child care program of $369,000
A Milwaukee woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding a state child care program of at least $369,000. Bernice Watson, 41, must also spend 12 years under extended supervision once she's no longer behind bars. And she has to repay what she illegally took from...
June 9, 2009 - 9:00am