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10:14 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Joint Finance Cuts Back Stewardship Funding

Parcel of land preserved in Door County.

A party-line vote cut funding to Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program by $63.5 million dollars over the next seven years.

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Environment
5:29 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Northwest Wisconsin Ripe For Wildfire

Area filled with dry tinder, some from 2011 windstorm. Charred landscape will stun visitors, foster new growth.
Credit DNR

Wildfire risks in Wisconsin

The big wildfire in northwest Wisconsin is contained. However, it has scorched 9,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings.

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Regional
3:33 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Police Officer who was Injured in Sikh Temple Shooting Plans to Retire

Lt. Brian Murphy was the first officer to respond to the temple shooting

Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy says he will retire from the force on June 12.

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Politics & Government
2:27 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Joint Finance Committee Actions Wednesday

Among items the Legislature's budget committee approved Wednesday:

-- Adding 61 positions to Dept. of Revenue to collect delinquent taxes (estimated at $1 billion)

-- Spending $2 million federal to set up private deer hunts

-- Reducing wolf hunting license fees from $100 to $47 (residents) and $500 to $249 (non-residents)

-- Relaxing Wisconsin's chronic wasting disease testing protocols and allowing elk importation

-- Assigning the Dept. of Revenue to manage unclaimed funds, removing that duty from state Treasurer

Environment
11:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

More Large Forest Fires Possible in Northern Wisconsin

Air quality problems expected downwind of wildfire in northwest Wisconsin
Credit Dept. of Natural Resources

Update: The big wildfire in northwest Wisconsin is contained. However, it has scorched 9,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings.

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Environment
11:40 am
Wed May 15, 2013

After Fires, What's On the Forest Service's Agenda?

Region 9 of the US Forest Service includes forests and tallgrass prairies in 20 states, including Wisconsin's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Credit US Forest Service

Regional Forester Kathleen Atkinson speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Wildfire season is already underway in Wisconsin's north woods, as fires rage and the region is under a Red Flag fire warning.  But fire danger is only one of several key issues attracting the attention of the US Forest Service's new regional forester.

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Health & Science
11:18 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Three Ethical Questions Posed by Genome Sequencing

A-, B- and Z-DNA.
Credit Richard Wheeler

Kimberly Strong chats with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Actress Angelina Jolie announced yesterday that she’s had a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carries a genetic mutation that puts her at high risk for developing breast cancer.

That announcement has, for many, rekindled a dilemma about how much information we want to know about our genome, and what do with that information once it’s in hand. 

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Health & Science
9:10 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Seasonal Allergies Begin Late, but Still Pack a Punch

The tree pollen in the air is causing many people to suffer, with frequent sneezes, itchy eyes and other unpleasant symptoms
Credit Photos.com

Does it seem a lot of people around you have suddenly come down with a sore throat or cough? The likely culprit is trees – tree pollen, to be specific.

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Environment
8:26 am
Wed May 15, 2013

High Winds Knock Out Power

Downed tree limb in Wauwatosa.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

A windstorm that blew through the area last night dropped tree limbs and caused power outages for up to 18,000 customers in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Dodge counties.

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Politics & Government
8:09 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Legislature Approves Milwaukee County Board Changes

State lawmakers last night approved changes in Milwaukee county governance.
Credit Justin Kern, Flickr

The state legislature last night voted 19-14 in favor of a several changes to the Milwaukee County board.

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