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Economy & Business
4:38 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Gogebic Pulls Armed Guards

Gogebic Taconite is doing some exploratory drilling in the Penokee Hills.

A mining company says it has temporarily withdrawn its armed guards from an exploratory drilling site in northwestern Wisconsin.

Gogebic Taconite spokesman Bob Seitz tells the Wisconsin State Journal the guards from Bulletproof Securities were pulled out Wednesday because the contractor failed to obtain proper licensing from the state.

He says the company has two or three other options and will rely on them until state approval is received. 

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Arts & Culture
4:02 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Jason Seed Stringtet Keeps it Loose

The Jason Seed Stringtet will perform in Bay View Thursday night.
Credit Karen Allbright

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews members of the Jason Seed Stringtet.

The genre-bending The Jason Seed Stringtet blends jazz, folk, and classical elements – but keeps it all feeling timeless.

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Politics & Government
1:32 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Lawmaker Proposes Felony for Families that Harbor Suspects

A state lawmaker wants to make it a felony for family members to harbor criminal suspects.
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A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to make it a felony for family members of criminal suspects to help their relatives.

Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon is circulating a bill for signatures.  He wants to make it a felony for anyone, including family, to help or hide a fugitive or destroy evidence in cases of the most serious crimes. 

A hearing is possible later this summer.  Different versions of the bill have repeatedly failed in past sessions.

A dozen other states make exceptions for family harboring relatives.  However, Wisconsin law exempts more relatives.

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Environment
10:02 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Coalition Calls for More Input on Waukesha Application for Great Lakes Water

Peter McAvoy is a member of the Compact Implementation Coalition. He says its mission is to make sure the Great Lakes Compact is upheld and Waukesha's application to tap into Lake Michigan will test the Compact's resiliency.

Waukesha has been toiling over a tedious application to which a LOT of people are paying attention, including a coalition of conservationists.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Judge Blocks Part of Walker Administration's Capitol Protest Policy

Federal Judge William Conley has issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the Walker administration from enforcing requirements intended to limit demonstrations at the state capitol.

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Health & Science
1:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

BadgerCare Changes Would Force Thousands to Health Care Marketplace

BadgerCare to add thousands of poor Wisconsin residents, and boot off many others currently enrolled.
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Wisconsin has asked for permission from the federal government to change its health care program for the poor – BadgerCare Plus. Wednesday, leaders will hold the first of three town hall meetings to explain the changes.

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Environment
5:15 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Men with High-Powered Rifles are Guarding Site of Proposed Iron Mine

People visiting the site of the proposed mine first noticed the heavily armed security guards over the weekend
Credit Rob Ganson

Update: On Wednesday, Gogebic Taconite temporarily pulled its armed guards from the exploratory drilling site in northwestern Wisconsin.

Heavily-armed security guards have been patrolling the site of a potential iron mine in northern Wisconsin.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Wisconsin's Abortion Battle In Line With Other States

Wisconsin is one of 30 states to adopt abortion restrictions in the past two years.
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A judge has placed a hold on one of Wisconsin’s new abortion rules.

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Politics & Government
4:52 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Milwaukee Courthouse Closed for Week; Safety Building to Reopen Wednesday

No business in Milwaukee County Courthouse the remainder of week

The Milwaukee County Courthouse will remain closed until Monday. However, the Safety Building will reopen Wednesday, and all criminal court cases will resume.

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Memoir
3:55 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Bits and Pieces of a Psychiatrist's Life: A Poetic Memoir

The cover of Dr. Barry Blackwell's Memoir: Bits and Pieces of a Psychiatrist's Life.
Credit Photo courtesy of Barnes & Noble

Dr. Barry Blackwell has spent half a century working as a psychiatrist. But since moving from Britain to Milwaukee decades ago, he’s explored something quite unexpected for a medical practitioner: poetry.

For Blackwell, this wasn’t a midlife change-of-heart. Throughout his self-published memoir, Bits and Pieces of a Psychiatrist’s Life, Blackwell makes reference to his lifelong interest in writing. He recently sat down with WUWM’s Lake Effect to discuss his 600-page magnum opus.

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