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Joint Finance Expected to Consider Proposed Bicycle Infrastructure Funding Cuts

Wisconsin was one of the first states in the country to adopt Complete Streets, a program that factors bicyclists and pedestrians into road projects. Under Gov. Walker’s budget, it would be eliminated.
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It’s May in Wisconsin, which means invitations for those summer weddings are beginning to hit the mail. What’s new this year - here and in many states is the fact that same sex partners can now marry. The change could mean more business for wedding planners. It’s estimated that same sex weddings could add up to $2.5 billion to the U.S. economy. Wisconsin’s share could approach $30 million.

    

Members of the Milwaukee Police Department on Thursday updated city leaders on the progress of recovering lost interrogation videos. A handful were destroyed when one of the department’s computers crashed in January.

Members of the police department spoke to the Common Council’s Public Safety committee. IT Director Chuck Burke described what happened the day of the computer crash.

“We had two disk drive failures, which was recoverable. In the process of the system recovering those failed drives, a third one failed, making the system inoperable,” Burke says.

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Dozens of faith leaders in Wisconsin are outraged with the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance. It decided to increase prison spending in the next state budget by $5 million, in order to add capacity.

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Audie Cornish has held many positions in public radio. She started as a reporter for WBUR in Boston, then for NPR, covering everything from politics to natural disasters.

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For the last few months, Lake Effect's astronomy contributor has talked about how the things in the night sky came to be. As the weather warms up, it's time to tell a simpler story.

It’s the time of year that it’s really pretty comfortable to just go out and look up into the night sky.

Lake Effect astronomy contributor, and director of the Mandred Olson Planetarium at UW-Milwaukee, Jean Creighton describes some of the constellations in the night sky as May changes over to June:

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Wisconsin lawmakers sink their teeth this week into some of the more divisive portions of Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget. One is how to pay for transportation.

Walker doesn’t want to raise taxes to pay for the state’s transportation needs. So one tool he uses is bonding. His transportation secretary Mark Gottlieb had recommended a hike in the gas tax. But Gottlieb found himself pitching Walker’s plan to the Legislature’s joint finance committee.

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It’s not uncommon for a successful rock musician to launch a second act as a record producer, putting to use the things he or she learned in the business. But by the time Alan Parsons found popularity with songs such as “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” and “Eye in the Sky,” he had already built a reputation.

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Republican Scott Walker dismissed any controversy over a law he signed in Wisconsin requiring women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound, referring to ultrasounds in an interview on a conservative radio show as "just a cool thing out there."

Like the rest of the globe, the Midwest is expected to warm, but thus far scientists cannot clearly predict if the region will become wetter or drier. Even more perplexing, is the fact that temperatures in the Midwest have not yet significantly increased.

The puzzle is the subject of a study led by Dartmouth College assistant professor of geography Jonathan Winter.

He started digging into the Midwest while working on his PhD.

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You could look at Mary Bly in two ways.

An academic with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a master’s from Oxford and a Ph. D from Yale. She is a Shakespearean scholar who is a tenured professor at Fordham University.

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