MILWAUKEE (AP) - Records show that Wisconsin had its fewest bankruptcy filings in a decade in 2017. U.S. Bankruptcy Court figures show that filings decreased to 16,769 last year from 16,835 in 2016. That continued a downward trend that started after the peak of almost 30,000 filings in 2010. The Journal Sentinel reports that most of the bankruptcy petitions in Wisconsin were Chapter 7 filings, the type intended to give people a fresh start by wiping out debt such as overwhelming bills and credit card balances.
ONALASKA, Wis. (AP) - Special education students in western Wisconsin are running a small business and learning communication, budget and inventory skills. The La Crosse Tribune reports that Onalaska High School transition coordinator Shelby Buchanan founded Ona Spirit in 2012. The business started creating spirit chains: personalized key chains made from letter beads, colored beads and cord. Now it also sells coffee and fresh greens grown from a classroom greenhouse.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A new report says that Wisconsin has some of the highest electricity prices in the country despite the average customer spending far less on the utility than in most states. The La Crosse Tribune reports that the U.S. Energy Information Administration released the data this week showing the average residential price for a kilowatt of electricity was more than 10 cents in 2016. But the average Wisconsin household used less than 700 kilowatts per month for an average annual bill of $1,153.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The only statewide race on Tuesday's primary ballot is for Wisconsin Supreme Court. The two highest vote-getters will advance to face each other in the April 3 general election. The winner will replace Justice Michael Gableman, who decided against seeking a second 10-year term. The candidates are Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet and Madison attorney Tim Burns.
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