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(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has gone up for two months in a row. The seasonally adjusted statewide rate for August was three-point-four-percent, up two-tenths from July and up three-tenths from both June and May. Officials say the Badger State lost 52-hundred private sector jobs during August — but the monthly job totals are based on very small survey samples and are often revised later. The national jobless rate also jumped slightly last month, and Wisconsin’s rate is one full point behind the current U-S figure of four-point-four percent.

Thursday night at about 8:50 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a Domestic Violence complaint. Rusk County deputies and Ladysmith Police responded to a residence on Worden Avenue East in reference to a Domestic in progress. According to the report, a City Officer met with Rhonda J. Arneson, 50 and Martin L. Sillman, 55. After speaking with Sillman and Arneson, both parties were arrested for Domestic Disorderly Conduct. A City Officer transported Sillman to the Rusk County jail. A Rusk County deputy went with the Ladysmith Ambulance and Arneson to RCMH for Medical clearance before going to the jail. After further review and speaking with a witness, City Police released Sillman from the jail.

Shortly before Noon Thursday, City Police and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the former Ladysmith Middle School on a report of an active fire alarm. According to the report, the building appeared to be unoccupied and the doors were secured. Upon arrival it was determined that a mason/concrete worker was cutting bricks on the East exterior wall and likely activated the interior smoke detectors with the fine dust the saw was creating. The Fire Department deactivated the alarm.

It’s been nearly four months since a tornado turned portions of Chetek upside down, leaving some residents without homes, and business owners wondering what would happen to their livelihood. In fact some company owners said they’re seeing more business than ever before. In a story on WQOW, THERE HAVE BEEN MANY PEOPL WHO, BECAUSE WE’RE A HUGE RESORT TOURIST COMMUNITY, THAT COME INTO THE AREA, AND HAVE SHARED THAT THEY ARE SHOCKED AT THE DEVASTATION. Turns out, it takes more than devastation to keep Chetek down. Best Summer ever, that’s how business owners are feeling, just shy of four months after one of the more damaging storms in recent memory. Business owners said their business thus year was not just about making money but helping others with the recovery efforts.

(Madison, WI)  —  A billing error reportedly cost Wisconsin pharmacies two-point-seven million dollars in lost Medicare Part “D” claims in a four year period. The Wisconsin State Journal says a contractor for the state’s Medicaid health programs improperly billed six insurers for Medicare Part “D” drug purchases that involved seniors. A state official says Health Management Systems billed the insurers for 37-thousand claims on behalf of seven-thousand Medicaid patients from 2013 until February of this year. Once the pharmacies paid Medicaid their proper reimbursements, they tried recouping the money from Medicare Part “D” but their claims were rejected. Now, Medicaid has duplicate payments and the state is telling 11-hundred pharmacies how to get back the money they lost from the billing mistake.

(Arcadia, WI)  —  A car driver has died after colliding with a semitruck head on in western Wisconsin. It happened about three this (Friday) morning on Highway 93 near Arcadia in Trempealeau County. Sheriff’s deputies say the truck was passing another vehicle when it hit the oncoming car. The trucker was not injured, and the name of the car driver who died was not immediately released.

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