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2:55 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

UWM's School of Social Welfare Partners with FEMA

Tom Luljak and Stan Stojkovic.
Credit Jon Strelecki

UWM Today's Tom Luljak interviews Stan Stojkovic, Dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

When disasters strike, one of the most important calls for help is to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But, when FEMA arrives at the scene of an emergency, how does the agency connect with local first responders?

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Project Milwaukee
11:32 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Dominican Nuns Work to Inspire Sustainable Living

Sister Janet Weyker strolls the Eco-Justice Center grounds. The greenhouse behind her was funded through a grant. That's how much of the center's renewable and green projects have come to life.

Sister Janet Weyker has more than a peripheral interest in renewable energy. The Racine Dominican nun runs a facility dedicated to “eco-justice”.

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Politics & Government
6:46 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Fiscal Bureau Report Projects Looming Budget Deficit

Wisconsin may face a half billion dollar deficit in 2015 due to action in this budget period by the Walker administration and Republican lawmakers.

A non-partisan state government agency is predicting a possible budget shortfall in the next cycle.

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Environment
6:22 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Storms Blow Through Area

Tree down on the sidewalk on 60th Street and North Avenue in Wauwatosa.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

Lightening and high winds accompanied strong storms that moved through southeastern Wisconsin early last night.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Forces Shaping The Green Energy Debate

Wind energy protest signs dot the countryside in Door County.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

Wisconsin has been a leader in some aspects of the green energy movement.

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Project Milwaukee
12:59 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Musician Sings the Blues Over Wind Farms

Jamie Lynn Fletcher is making a name as a musician, but also as an outspoken opponent of wind farms.
Credit courtesy Jamie Fletcher

Jamie Lynn Fletcher talks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich and Susan Bence.

Jamie Lynn Fletcher's voice is perhaps an unlikely addition to our Project Milwaukee series on clean energy.

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Project Milwaukee
11:39 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wisconsin Researchers Try to Clear a Solar Hurdle

Hongrui Jiang speaks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

As we’ve heard on our Project Milwaukee series this week, Wisconsin utilities are required to generate 10 percent of their electrical power by renewable sources – such biomass, wind – and solar.  That last source has been harnessed for decades.  But only recently have its costs come down enough to make wider-spread use more appealing. 

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Economy & Business
11:32 am
Wed June 12, 2013

MCTS Adds More New Buses to Fleet

More new buses with "cleaner" engines and more roomy interiors have been added to the local fleet.

The first of 55 new buses that are part of an upgraded Milwaukee County Transit system fleet have been put in service. The vehicles feature new styled diesel engines that emit 80 percent less particulate matter and 95 percent less oxides of nitrogen.  The MCTS began modernizing its fleet with new bus purchases in 2010. By later this year, there will be 235 new vehicles in the fleet that totals 420 buses. Other features of the new buses include:

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Project Milwaukee
11:13 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Milwaukee Home to Green Energy Producers

Helios Solar Works runs two shifts at its facility built on the site of the former Milwaukee stockyards.

Two Milwaukee companies are adding staff to meet production demand for solar and wind components.

According to a national study, the solar and wind industries account for 12,000 jobs in Wisconsin, including hundreds in Milwaukee.

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Politics & Government
11:04 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Senate Approves Unemployment Changes Now Headed to Assembly

The state Senate has approved major changes to Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance program. Tuesday’s vote fell along party lines. Republicans approved the legislation; Democrats opposed it. The changes include higher weekly payments and a requirement that participants apply for four jobs a week, rather than two. The bill also eliminates instances when people can quit jobs and receive unemployment and gives the state access to personal bank accounts – if the fund pays an individual too much. Democrat Lena Taylor fought the banking provision.

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