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BREAKING NEWS / URGENT: The State Supreme Court upholds Act 10, Voter ID, and the state's domestic partnership registry

MADISON, Wis (WSAU)  - The Wisconsin State Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the state law that limits the collective bargaining rights of state employees. The law from three years ago sparked protests at the state capital and led to the recall attempt against Governor Scott Walker. The court's ruling in favor of Act 10 was 5-2. Justice Michael Gableman wrote the lead opinion, which was also signed by Justices David Prosser, Pat Roggensack and Annette Ziegler. Justice Patrick Crooks concurre...

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Red Eye Brewery to add solar paneling this summer

The logo for Red Eye Brewery in Wausau
The logo for Red Eye Brewery in Wausau

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Wausau's Red Eye Brewery is planning to add some solar electric panelling to the facility this summer.

The brewery received around $29,000 in energy grants to pay for the project from various sources. Spokesman Kevin Eichelberger says Greensky Energetics will be doing the construction, the same company that installed a solar water heater in 2010. "We found out those guys really handled the project well and were timely, so we didn't have to look far." The new project will be installed in the parking lot of the brewery in order to capture solar power that normally would go to waste.

Owner Brett Danke says it's the right thing for the company. "It's got 42 solar panels that will be piped back to the meter to reduce our overall electrical consumption in the restaurant." The total expected power return for the brewery is around 9.8 kilowatts, enough to offset a good deal of the energy the facility uses to brew beer.

Total cost for the project is around $43,000. Construction will start later this summer.