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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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Project Milwaukee
11:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Researcher: Eliminating Nuclear Power Won't Clean Wisconsin's Energy Use

The decommissioning process is underway for Wisconsin's Kewaunee nuclear power plant.
Credit WEP photo

Paul Wilson speaks with Lake Effect's Amy Kiley.

The Doomsday Clock measures the likelihood the world will end from nuclear war, global warming or biosecurity problems. So, it might be ironic that many climate scientists think a key to protecting the planet … is nuclear energy. It’s a dichotomy that is getting a hard look from at least one Wisconsin researcher.

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Project Milwaukee
10:34 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Private-Public Partnerships Key to Future of Clean Energy

This map shows the percentage of clean energy jobs among states' overall economies.
Credit Pew Charitable Trusts, 2009

Abdur Chowdhury speaks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

What will determine which forms of clean energy - if any - take off in the future economy, and which will be relegated to the dust bin of once-promising ideas?

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

State Senate Approves New Abortion Rules

The legislation was amended to allow qualified persons to perform the ultrasound and give the description.
Credit Alex E. Proimos, Flickr

Wisconsin's state senators voted along party lines Wednesday morning, to advance a bill requiring women seeking abortions to first undergo an ultrasound. Republicans voted in favor, Democrats against.

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Education
8:31 am
Wed June 12, 2013

MPS Will Add Staff

MPS will add more art teachers for the 2013-'14 school year.

MPS will add more than three dozen new art, music and phy-ed teachers as part of a new budget approved last night.

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Arts & Culture
11:58 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Camping Out With Some Imagined Friends

Cartoonist Tim Decker's latest creation is a cartooning adventure camp for kids.
Credit courtesy Tim Decker

Listen to Bonnie North's interview with Tim Decker.

School is out - or just about out - for thousands of Milwaukee-area students.  What will they do with their summers?  One local illustrator suggests a camp experience.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Not All Song Lyrics Are Poetry, But Cold Satellite's Are. For Real.

Cold Satellite performs in Studio C1.
Eric Vandeveld

Listen to Jeffrey Foucault's interview with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

For non-musicians, the skills of an accomplished singer-songwriter are almost too much to reconcile - the idea that smart words and evocative melodies would both come to the mind of the same person.  Both skills require a ton of hard work, of course, but the finished product often sounds effortless.

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Project Milwaukee
10:45 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Clean Energy Gets a Mixed Reception From State Legislatures

Inside Wisconsin's State Capitol building.
Credit bcdixit, Flickr

Reporter Maria Gallucci speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

As we've heard on our Project Milwaukee: Power Switch coverage, Wisconsin utilities are required to generate ten percent of their electricity from sustainable sources, such as solar, wind, or biomass.  They're standards that were created by the state legislature.

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