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Marquette Scientist Takes Rooftop Rice Experiment to Wisconsin Farm Field

Most of the world’s rice production occurs oceans away from the United States. In 2011, molecular biologist Michael Schläppi dove into rice research hoping to grow the grain in Wisconsin.
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A dog flu strain making the rounds this spring has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Chicago area, killing a small number of them.

The U.S. had not seen the respiratory illness in dogs, in more than 10 years.

There only have been a couple confirmed dog flu cases in Wisconsin, yet the outbreak is alarming some pet owners here.

Barbie Weeks has been paying attention to the news reports out of Chicago.

“They do concern me, especially since I come to the dog park every day,” Weeks says.

Nepal's devastating earthquake that hit Saturday is now blamed for at least 3,700 deaths. Reconstruction is estimated to cost billions. International aid efforts are underway, but aftershocks are rattling survivors' nerves and making the recovery even more challenging.

Rescue crews and aid groups are working to reach survivors — but their efforts are being hampered by the stricken areas' remote locations. Roads that are drivable are clogged with traffic.

A healthy diet is good for everyone. But as people get older, cooking nutritious food can become difficult and sometimes physically impossible. A pot of soup can be too heavy to lift. And there's all that time standing on your feet. It's one of the reasons that people move into assisted living facilities.

But a company called Chefs for Seniors has an alternative: They send professional cooks into seniors' homes. In a couple of hours they can whip up meals for the week.

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We've all had those days when we misplace our keys, lose our glasses or can't remember our passwords. However, there are those for whom these minor memory slips don't get better.

When Jenny Marquess’ father started showing signs of memory loss, she promised him that she would keep him in his home for as long as she could keep him safe. Nine years ago she moved in with him and watched him slowly lose his sense of place and time. 

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Last year, we spoke with the author of a book about the search for the rarest 78RPM records.  One of them is "Last Kind Word Blues," by Geeshie Wiley:

Only a handful of copies of the 1930 record made at Paramount Records in Grafton survive.  It should be somewhat easier to get your hands on Rhiannon Giddens' recording of the song, which comes with fewer hisses and pops than the original:

Science writer Michael Timm combined his passion for Great Lakes issues and storytelling to create an 8-minute film about quagga mussels. Then he not only convinced a local movie theater to show his film, Timm convinced three other filmmakers to contribute their work.

The result is the Our Water film event being held at the Avalon Theatre Saturday.

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The Milwaukee Rep has teamed up with the Cincinnati Playhouse to produce the prequel to Peter Pan.

The Tony Award-winning play, Peter and the Starcatcher, opens Friday. The story features Peter Pan's backstory, answering such questions as: Why didn't Peter want to grow up and where did the lost boys come from?

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Brian Miller, guitarist for the band Bua, was in the Lake Effect studio not too long ago to support his wife, Minnesota singer Norah Rendell. But in Bua, he's one of four equal partners in playing traditional Irish music.

Miller, along with Sean Gavin, Devin Shephard and UWM grad Brian Ohart, is on a rare Midwest tour.  The band will playFriday evening at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, but first they visit the Lake Effect studio with a set of jigs:

The list of official and likely candidates for president in 2016 includes some prominent Republicans who are currently governors. Three of them — Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal — all tout executive experience as qualification for the White House. They also share something else — slumping poll numbers back home.

They've been working to make themselves familiar and friendly faces to the party faithful in early voting states, including at a big event hosted last week by the New Hampshire GOP.

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House and Senate conferees are in the process of working on a revised federal budget package that will eventually come before the respective houses of Congress for a vote.

As is often the case, Republicans are seeking cuts in domestic spending while some increases in spending on defense programs. Democrats, meanwhile, are hoping to preserve a variety of social service programs.

Analysts say an uncommon atmosphere of compromise is in the background as the work goes on.  But will that spirit enter the budget talks?

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