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— The newest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show” features an interview with Jeff Ebel, co-founder of the Wisconsin River Business Angels, who describes angel investing in central Wisconsin.
Also, Tom Still discusses the “Wisconsin Perception Survey,” and Liz Schrum presents this week’s Tech Metrics, which chart key indicators in the Wisconsin economy.
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— The state’s housing market once again performed well in November, with increases in both home sales and median prices.
The latest data from the Wisconsin Realtors Association found 4,784 closed sales last month, 3.4 percent higher than November 2014. That brings the total home sales so far this year to more than 71,000, an increase of roughly 7,000 from this point last year.
At this rate, Wisconsin will see more than 75,000 home sales in all of 2015, breaking that mark for the first time since 2005, said WRA Board Chairman K.C. Maurer.
The median house in Wisconsin cost $150,000 in October, the association said, a 3.4 percent increase from November 2014.
— A new Citizen Action of Wisconsin report encourages state lawmakers to tackle disparities in health care costs across the state.
The report from the liberal-leaning group found while large-group health care costs have risen 216 percent statewide since 2000, the increases varied from 170 percent in Madison to 365 percent in Green Bay.
Those numbers should be a “wake-up call to policymakers” to accept the Medicaid expansion, boost reviews of insurance rates and control prescription drug prices, said lead organizer Kevin Kane. The state should also create its own health insurance marketplace, rather than opting for the federal Healthcare.gov exchange, he added.
“Doing nothing is not an option,” Kane said. “The state has to take action.”
The 10th Annual Wisconsin Health Insurance Cost Ranking report analyzed costs across Wisconsin cities in the individual, small group and large group insurance markets. It also combined premiums with deductibles for the first time, which the group said accounted for plans where deductibles have increased more than premiums.
Madison, the report found, has the lowest annual cost at $7,234 in the three combined markets. The statewide average is $8,415, while the most expensive metro was Milwaukee at $9,456, followed by Racine, Wausau and Stevens Point.
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Public Service Commission Chair Ellen Nowak will talk about top energy issues in 2016 including controlling carbon emissions, nuclear energy and the effects of depressed natural gas prices.
Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. at The Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St., Madison. Event ends at 1 p.m. Parking available at a nearby city ramp, Monona Terrace or the Hilton Hotel garage next door.
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Crane maker Manitowoc to lay off 80 in Port Washington
Frac sand instability presents problems for towns
Corvisa acquired by California telecommunications firm for $8.5 million
Duluth Trading joins Russell stock indexes
Home sales continued to improve in November, state Realtors group says
Lockheed sues over Oshkosh Corp. contract
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– BNSF: Train Derailment Has No Adverse Impact on Environment
– US Foods to Acquire Dierks Waukesha
– Wild Bee Decline Still Threatening Crop Production
– Hometown Bank, Farmers Exchange to merge
– Builders hope for low costs, ongoing demand in 2016
– Sheboygan economy had quite a run in 2015
– Gundersen advance care to be featured today on truTV
– National food distributor buys Waukesha restaurant supply company
– Harley-Davidson Museum offering free admission to H.O.G. members
– Lockheed Martin seeks court order to halt Oshkosh production on Army vehicle
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– Brown Co. home sales drop in November
– Wisconsin on pace for highest annual home sale tally since 2005
– DAS Acquisition of St. Louis acquires Providence Home Lending
– Home market growth continues in November; prices up 5.4 percent
– Records show Wausau mall’s dire finances
– Kroger launching a new urban, fresh food concept
– Duluth Trading Co. added to Russell 2000, 3000 indexes
– Retailers try to make up for lost sales after shooting closed East Towne Mall Saturday
– Excess Lambeau sales tax checks in the mail
– Milwaukee Bucks players go shopping with some special guests: Slideshow
– Milwaukee’s Corvisa being sold by Novation for $8.5 million
– FDL water rates going up
Angelic Bakehouse: Sprouted grains remain hot food trend for 2016
EnSync Energy Systems: Sustainable energy systems strategy underscored with President Obama’s signature on 2016 Omnibus funding bill
UW-Madison Carbone Cancer Center: Many continue to work despite metastatic cancer diagnosis
UW-Madison: Amid changing market for scientific instruments, Gilson continues to lead
UW-Madison: Reaching the homeless by caring for pets
Wisconsin REALTORS Association: Strong Wisconsin housing market continues in November