Eau Claire sets $1 fine for marijuana possession


The city of Eau Claire has reduced the fine for possession of marijuana to $1 for first-time offenders found with certain amounts of the drug. The change is meant to send a signal to state and federal policymakers that the city is deprioritizing enforcement of marijuana laws. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Eau Claire becomes third Wisconsin city to ban conversion therapy

The city of Eau Claire has joined Madison and Milwaukee in banning a controversial religious practice known as conversion therapy. Supporters of the measure say it protects children identifying as gay from abusive attempts to convert them to heterosexuality while opponents say the ban restricts freedom of religion. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Pence raises money for Walker in tight governor’s race


Locked in a tight race with Democrat Tony Evers, Gov. Scott Walker looked to Vice President Mike Pence to give him a boost on Wednesday. The vice president held two fundraisers for Walker, one in Green Bay and one in Eau Claire. > AP News

The high cost of poor roads: In Eau Claire, it’s $1,219 per driver

Deteriorated roads, traffic congestion and a lack of safety features cost Eau Claire area drivers an average of $1,219 a year, a national study revealed this week. That’s just the local share of the $6.8 billion bill Wisconsin motorists pay annually in higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

State’s fiscal bureau affirms DOT did not short cities money for transportation projects


After Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Appleton and other cities reported last week that they had not received millions of dollars they were expecting for local transportation projects, a nonpartisan analysis has found that the cities were not shorted by the DOT and should receive the funds in the coming months. > Cap Times

Podcast: What’s on the minds of young voters in Wisconsin?

In the latest installment of the Cap Times’ Wedge Issues podcast series, hear what reporters Jessie Opoien and Erik Lorenzsonn learned from young voters in Eau Claire and Oshkosh on what motivates them to participate in politics, which issues are most important to them and how they feel about the current candidates.

Governor, Lt. Gov. campaigns trade barbs in Eau Claire

Road funding and attack ads were impassioned topics of conversation on Wednesday in Eau Claire, where troops of campaigners, including the candidates themselves, made stops just over a week after the race for governor officially began. > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram