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Johnsonville issues recall after finding hard, green plastic in sausage products

Johnsonville is recalling some products because they possibly contain foreign matter. 


Angie's List: Using technology to secure your home

You probably know your security system can monitor your alarms and locks, but increasingly, home automation can be tied into a single network controlled by your security interface.


Changes to state tax credit this year Video included

The deadline to file your taxes is just about a month away and this year, there's a change in a law that's impacts who qualifies for the Wisconsin Homestead Credit. 


New Wisconsin archive preservation facility opens in Madison Video included

The Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum are partnering together to open the doors of a new state archive. The facility will house rare books, photographs, and records.


More charging stations needs as more electric cars hit streets Video included

Electric cars are hitting the streets in record numbers across the U.S. and that means there is a need a for public and private charging stations. 


Gander Outdoors set to open this week in DeForest

Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, is opening this week in DeForest.


Dane County to build large solar farm near DCRA Video included

Dane County officials are moving forward with a plan to build a massive, new solar energy project. The solar farm would be located just north of Dane County Regional Airport in Madison.


Avoiding identity theft this tax season Video included

Scammers will try to get your tax refund this year or steal your identity, but there are things you can do to prevent it.


Exact Sciences reports 4Q loss

Exact Sciences Corp. (EXAS) on Thursday reported a loss of $21.8 million in its fourth quarter.


Alliant Energy posts 4Q profit

Alliant Energy Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $231.2 million.


Angie's List: Getting the most value of what you put into your home Video included

Some home projects can increase your value, others can preserve it, and some might not be worth the money you spend on them. 


Disney Parks Raise Ticket Prices

It's going to cost you more to get into the "Happiest Place on Earth". 


Angie's List: Off-season home selling Video included

If you’re planning to sell your home this year, you might want to hurry. That’s right, it could be easier to sell your home in the winter rather than the spring, summer or fall.


Angie's List: A New Year's Resolution for Your Home

Too many of us wait until things around the house either break down or die altogether before we fix them. 


Angie's List: Car Lifts Video included

ANGIE'S LIST (WKOW) -- Even if you have a two-car garage, you can fit a third or even fourth car in your garage without adding any room, just by using the space overhead. 


Angie's List: Radiant Flooring is hot trend Video included

Getting “cold feet” before your wedding doesn’t happen in the literal sense, but getting them each morning after crawling out of a warm bed is annoying. 


Fiat Chrysler recalls 2017 Pacifica minivans for engine stalling problem

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 160,000 minivans mainly in North America to fix a software problem that can make engines stall.


BBB offers tips to choosing a tax preparer

It’s that time of the year again when many taxpayers must choose a tax preparer to help file a tax return. The BBB and the IRS recommend that taxpayers choose their tax return preparer wisely.


Angie's List: Is an electric vehicle right for you? Video included

Despite the low gas prices we’re currently enjoying, the demand for electric vehicles may soon surge as manufacturers prepare to debut new, affordable models that can go as much as 200 miles between chargings.


Angie's List: Holiday Lighting Dangers

Today’s Angie’s List report may sound like a holiday downer but it’s meant to keep your family safe.


Angie's List: Carriage Houses

The humble carriage house is more popular than ever, as homeowners find new ways to use them. 


Angie's List: Carpet clean-up stain removing secrets

Have you ever tried to clean coffee out of your carpet? How about wine… or even blood? It’s no easy task.


Angie's List: The Disappearing Dining Room

The Disappearing Dining Room Whether you call it dinner or supper, only 23 percent of us are spending our evening meal gathered around a proper dinner table in space designed just for that purpose. 


Angie's List: Don't Be Lazy About Those Leaves

Fall may be the most beautiful time of the year, and many places have made leaf watching a tourism windfall, but the leaves aren’t as pretty when they’re ankle-deep in the yard.


Angie's List: Removing Lead Safely

October 25th through 31st is Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and we’re marking it with this homeowner alert for anyone with a house built before 1978.


Amazon issues recall on some solar eclipse glasses

Amazon has issued a recall to customers who purchased eclipse glasses that may not have come from a recommended manufacturer.


Amazon Prime Day starts Monday night: Tips for getting the best deals

Amazon's annual Prime Day kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. CT and lasts for 30 straight hours with new deals to be released as often as every five minutes, according to the company's website.


Mars Inc. suing Wisconsin woman over her brand of chocolates

Candy maker Mars Inc. is suing a Wisconsin woman over chocolates she is selling under a name the company says is "confusingly similar" to its cocoa extract supplements called CocoaVia.


Recall Alert: Southern Grove cashews

A warning for cashew lovers: Southern Grove is recalling its 'Cashew halves and pieces with Sea Salt' because there may be glass inside the canisters.    


Madison Airbnb rentals soar as city cracks down on violators

The popular room-rental site Airbnb brought $2.5 million to Madison this year, but the city is getting little of that money, despite regulations requiring room taxes


Dunkin' Donuts to remove artificial colors by end of 2018

The parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins says it will remove artificial colors from its products in the U.S. by the end of 2018.


Government-backed mortgages to get cheaper

It's a gift from the outgoing Obama Administration to would-be homeowners -- the annual mortgage insurance premiums borrowers pay - is going down.


Wells Fargo fined for harming customers

What you need to know even if you aren't a customer with the bank. 


Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf resigns effective immediately

Wells Fargo's embattled CEO John Stumpf has resigned, effective immediately.


Christmas in July? Amazon's 'Prime Day' is back

Amazon's "Prime Day" has returned for a second year with the online retail giant promising twice as many deals as last year. 


Study finds many small SUVs have poor-performing headlights

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced that it tested the headlights of 21 small SUVs and not one earned a “good” rating.


FDA warns against eating raw cookie dough amid E. coli fears

In a warning that's sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, federal regulators said this week that people should not eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some recalled flour.


Ikea recalls 29 million dressers after 6 kids killed

Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers after six children were killed when the furniture toppled over and fell on them. The company says that all chests and dressers should be attached to a wall to prevent them from toppling over.


Frozen peas, vegetables recalled for possible listeria contamination

The National Frozen Foods Corporation has issued a voluntary recall due to possible listeria contamination.


Iowans travel across border to Wisconsin for fireworks


Iowans are driving across the border to Wisconsin to get them.


General Mills recalls flour products

General Mills has voluntarily recalled six flour products because they may contain a deadly strain of E. coli.


RECALL ALERT: Piggly Wiggly Brand Yellow Cut Corn

Source: FDA Source: FDA

Officials with McCall Farms Incorporated have announced a voluntary recall of Piggly Wiggly brand frozen Yellow Cut Corn due to a potential risk of listeria.


Pleasant View Candies recalls Cashew Crunch

 Pleasant View Candies, located in Soldiers Grove, issued a voluntary recall of its Cashew Crunch candies.


RECALL ALERT: Herbal tea sold at CVS Pharmacy recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

CVS Pharmacy announced a voluntary recall of select cases of Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea. 


Digging Deeper: Apps your kids could be hiding from you

What you see isn't always what you get. More>>

Workforce board to meet with Kraft Heinz next month on Oscar Mayer closure

Workforce development officials are planning to start meeting with workers affected by the closure of the Oscar Mayer plant in Madison in mid-December, to help them make the transition into new employment.


Fiat Chrysler announces 2 recalls of nearly 500,000 SUVs

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly 450,000 SUVs worldwide in two separate recalls that includes the Jeep Grand Cherokee.


Angie's List: Fireplace safety this winter

Angie's List has fireplace safety tips.


Beloit-based releases Top 25 Cyber Monday deals

Beloit-based has announced its Top 25 Cyber Monday Deals List for 2015.


Local shops in Madison prepare for small business Saturday

One company especially encourages shoppers to shop small on Small Business Saturday -- Yelp. 


Beloit-based reveals Top 25 Black Friday deals; talks Cyber Monday

Beloit-based has already done all the work for you. Check out its Top 25 list of Black Friday deals. 


Marriott becomes world's largest hotelier, buying Starwood

Marriott International is buying rival hotel chain Starwood for $12.2 billion in a deal that will catapult it to become the world's largest hotelier by a wide margin. More>>

SCAM ALERT: IRS and local police departments warning people about scam calls

Officials with the IRS and local police departments are warning people to watch out for scam phone calls after authorities say numerous people contacted them because they received the calls. More>>

American Heart Association offering program to help monitor high blood pressure

Doctors will tell you that lowering your blood pressure as you age can help prevent heart failure, stroke and other heart problems.  More>>

Fiat Chrysler recalls over 1.5M trucks for air bag problems

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.5 million trucks to fix problems with side-impact and driver's air bags. More>>

Disney bans selfie sticks over safety concerns

Disney said Friday that it is banning them from its theme parks. More>>

Need to hit friends up for cash? There's an app for that

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On a trip to Maine with four friends, Alexander Culbertson racked up $1,300 on gas, hotel rooms, food and drinks. More>>

Does It Work? Fur-Zoff

Are you tired of cleaning up pet hair? If so, there is a product on the market that will help you whisk away the pet hair. More>>

Hackers are draining bank accounts via the Starbucks app

Thieves are stealing money from people's credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts -- by first tapping into their Starbucks mobile app.  More>>

City of Madison water users affected by cyber attacks

The city of Madison has gotten a break from ongoing cyber attacks since the officer-involved shooting. More>>

What do to if you can't afford everything your kids ask for for Christmas

Just a few more shopping days left to get those items on your kid's Christmas list. But what if you can't afford everything they're asking for? More>>

Madison researchers tackle software security

Cybercrime is a growing problem around the world as hackers are constantly finding ways to get your personal information, but a team of researchers have developed a program that aims to stop security breaches. More>>

Madison to end its popular curbside compost program

The city of Madison is abandoning its popular compost pilot program for financial reasons. Since June 2011, homes in certain areas of Madison have had a third bin for organic waste. More>>

Graco recalls 2 million infant car seats

The largest car seat recall in U.S. history now includes nearly two million infant seats to go along with the 4.2 million toddler seats already recalled by Graco. More>>

Hurricane 360 Mop: Does it Work?

MADISON (WKOW) -- Spin dirt away, dust and mop up spills. More>>

#OnlineSafety: The checklist every parent needs to keep their kids safe from predators

MADISON (WKOW) -- It's not easy being a parent. Period. But it's gotten a lot harder with advances in technology. and trying to keep your kids safe from child predators.Becky Baumeister and her 13-year-old daughter Katrina spend their fair share of time on the posting on Facebook, checking out new apps, and watching YouTube videos. And while Becky is pretty knowledgeable when it comes to technology, it's hard to keep up with a teenager. While she may know sites like YouTube, Instagram and eve... More>>

Batteries in baby video monitors being recalled

Summer Infant is recalling about 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in baby video monitors because of a burn hazard. More>>

Enrollment deadlines approaching for health insurance

The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance is reminding everyone there are two Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadlines coming in the next several weeks. More>>

House flipping scam lands former police officer in jail

When some victims heard they could make a 12% return on their money, hundreds signed up.

Target: 40M accounts may be involved in breach

Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach. More>>

UPDATE: UW-Madison IT expert says US could have safer credit/debit cards

MADISON (WKOW) -- A UW-Madison IT expert says the technology exists to avoid the type of crisis caused by the Target security breach.

Calling all log cabin lovers!

A new reality TV show is looking for Wisconsinites who want to build their dream log home. More>>

DOES IT WORK? NIKE Band promotes being active

The NIKE Band promises to track your calories, your steps and your overall daily activity, but does it work? More>>

Consumer Alert: Beware of door-to-door contractors

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection urges Wisconsin residents to be aware of door-to-door contractors trying to help during flood clean up. More>>

Madison gas prices drop nearly 23 cents in last week

Gas prices in Madison have dropped significantly. More>>

Emergency officials: Act now to prevent flooding

More rain is on its way and emergency officials are reminding homeowners to take some extra precautions to prevent flooding. More>>

Facebook bug exposes contact info

Millions of Facebook users may have had their contact information accidentally exposed. More>>

UPDATE: Dow down 353 points, worst loss in 2013

The Dow Jones tumbled more than 300 points, Thursday, just one day after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke raised fears the central bank will begin ending its stimulus policies. More>>

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