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uw-madison faculty, staff to get 4 percent pay increase


the university of wisconsin-madison has announced plans to give faculty and staff a 4 percent pay increase over the next year.






unc freezing faculty salaries for 2019 fiscal year, but tuition will only go up


the university of northern colorado will freeze faculty and exempt staff salaries for the 2019 fiscal year, the final year of a five-year sustainability plan the school enacted in 2014,






private college mandates staff opposition to gay marriage


a private north carolina christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. one faculty member says she and eight of her colleagues have refused to sign it and are leaving the school.






usc faculty call for more protection of immigrant and foreign students


provoked by the stream of executive orders coming out of president trump’s white house, a group of usc faculty has sent a letter to the school’s administration asking it to do more to protect foreign students, faculty and staff. the letter comes on the heels of a full-page advertisement the group...






private college mandates staff opposition to gay marriage


montreat, n.c. (ap) — a private north carolina christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. one faculty member says she and eight of her colleagues have refused to sign it and are leaving the school. news media outlets report that part of montreat college’s […]






ebmud proposes 19 percent water rate increase over two years


water district wants 9.25 percent water rate increase this july 1, and another nine percent increase a year later






denver apartment rents jump 4 percent, third highest increase in country


denver experienced a 4.4 percent jump in the median listing price of a one-bedroom unit the past month to $1,393,  the fourth highest in the country, according to a survey wednesday from abodo, a national apartment finding service based in madison, wis.






mumps outbreak spreads to uw greek system


“we anticipate the number of cases among uw students will increase more broadly as the outbreak continues in king county and across washington state,” the uw wrote in an email to students, faculty and staff.






loss of subsidies fuels wisconsin health insurance hike


madison, wis. (ap) — wisconsin health insurance companies assumed there would be no more subsidies for plans sold through the federal exchange, which led to a projected 36 percent increase for the average premiums. state insurance officials announced the premium increase thursday, just hours before president donald trump said he was immediately ending the federal […]






u.s. businesses increase inventories by a modest 0.3 percent


u.s. business inventories rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent in february after an identical increase in january, the commerce department said friday.






germans see rising pensions as wages increase


berlin (ap) — the german government says pensions will rise by up to 3.6 percent this year as a result of higher wages in europe’s biggest economy. the labor ministry said wednesday that pensions will increase by 1.9 percent in the former west germany on july 1 and 3.6 percent in the formerly communist east. […]






us businesses increase inventories by a modest 0.3 percent


washington (ap) — u.s. businesses increased their stockpiles in february by a modest amount while their sales slowed a bit. business inventories rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent in february after an identical increase in january, the commerce department said friday. and sales rose 0.2 percent in february after a slightly faster 0.3 percent […]






amazon revenues, hit by stronger dollar, miss wall street expectations


the e-commerce giant posted sales of $43.7 billion, a 22 percent increase from last year. analysts expected an average of $44.68 billion, a 25 percent increase.






pg&e customers face higher monthly bills during early 2018


under the pg&e proposal, customers would face a 0.5 percent increase jan. 1 and another 2.3 percent increase on march 1.






ap sources: us to ask cuba to cut its embassy staff in washington by 60 percent


washington (ap) — ap sources: us to ask cuba to cut its embassy staff in washington by 60 percent after pulling its own staff from havana.






giants notes: who will lose a rotation spot when madison bumgarner returns?


with madison bumgarner approaching monday's final tuneup start at single-a san jose, the front office and coaching staff must decide how to create room for him in the rotation -- and barring a trade, matt cain might be the odd man out.






germany eyes 1.9 percent increase in spending next year


germany's cabinet has approved a budget plan that foresees a 1.9 percent increase in spending next year and calls for the country to keep new borrowing at zero over the next four years.






social security going up 2 percent in 2018, average recipient to get extra $25 a


millions of social security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year. the social security administration announced the cost--of-living increase friday.






uw-madison survey: fewer minority students feel welcome


madison, wis. (ap) — a new survey shows minority, disabled and gay students feel they’re having a tougher time on the university of wisconsin-madison campus. the school released findings from its first campus climate survey on wednesday. the survey found that about 80 percent of respondents felt safe, welcome and respected on campus. however, only […]






university of minnesota launches new crackdown on sexual assault


mandatory training for faculty and staff is part of the plan.






some minnesota universities see increase in foreign students


minneapolis (ap) — some universities in minnesota have seen a slight increase in international students despite a national decline in foreign college students enrolling in u.s. schools. the star tribune reports that the university of minnesota saw a 1 percent increase in new international freshman, while the number of foreign college students dropped 7 percent […]






national retail federation lowers annual retail forecast


new york (ap) — the nation’s largest retail trade group is downgrading its annual forecast after a slew of government data revisions. the national retail federation said wednesday it now expects retail sales to increase between 3.2 percent and 3.8 percent this year, down from the previous forecast for an increase of 3.7 percent to […]






u.s. is pulling out about 60 percent of staff from cuba


officials say the u.s. is ordering all nonessential staff in the embassy in havana to leave






u.s. pulling out about 60 percent of staff from cuba


officials say the u.s. is ordering all nonessential staff in the embassy in havana to leave






law firm probes allegations against boarding school faculty


hartford, conn. (ap) — a connecticut boarding school that earlier this year detailed allegations of sexual abuse spanning several decades has hired a law firm to look into new allegations of inappropriate behavior by faculty members, including some who remain on staff today. choate rosemary hall said the new reports involve “boundary crossing behavior” by […]






us producer prices were unchanged in may; 2.4 percent increase over 12 months


washington (ap) — us producer prices were unchanged in may; 2.4 percent increase over 12 months.






canada to increase military spending 70 percent in 10 years


toronto (ap) — canada’s defense chief announced wednesday the country plans a sharp increase in military spending. defense minister harjit sajjan said the budget will grow by 70 percent to reach $32.7 billion canadian ($24.1 billion) in a decade. that means canada would spend about 1.4 percent of gross domestic product on defense by 2026-27, […]






us tax change seen as boost to arizona payments in december


phoenix (ap) — the legislature’s budget staff says arizona’s general fund had record high revenue in december, likely due in part to taxpayers temporarily increasing their estimated payments because of a federal tax change. the budget staff reports december general fund revenue was just over $1 billion, nearly a 20 percent increase over a year […]






forecast: samsung’s operating profit to increase by 40 percent in q1


samsung's q1 2017 operating profit is expected to increase by 40 percent year-over-year to around $8.14 billion despite recent troubles.






public meetings set on proposed mdu gas rate increase


bismarck, n.d. (ap) — north dakota regulators have scheduled public meetings on a request by montana dakota utilities to raise its natural gas rates. the proposed increase is for $5.9 million annually over current rates, or a 5.4 percent overall increase. the average residential customer would see a monthly bill increase of just under $3. […]






faculty at 24 ontario colleges launches strike after demands adding $250m in ann


the union presented a proposal saturday night that called for the number of full time faculty to match the number of faculty members on contract






centerpoint energy granted 5.4 percent interim rate increase


the utility had asked state regulators for $51.2 million, or 5.8 percent.






us construction spending up 1.4 percent in october, strongest increase in 5 mont


washington (ap) — us construction spending up 1.4 percent in october, strongest increase in 5 months.






homelessness in minnesota jumped 4.5 percent in 2017, hud reports


one homeless advocate says the 4.5 percent increase is due to increased rents and a drop in affordable housing.






menlo park: violent crime down 7 percent in 2016


city saw 1 percent increase in property crimes, slight uptick in complaints to police