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6:38 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Awash with Regret, Characters Try to Surmount "Beautiful Ruins"

Jess Walter's latest story begins at a hotel in Italy opened by a Wisconsin car salesman and English teacher.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Jess Walter.

There is a review of Jess Walter’s latest book, that describes the author as “ a big-hearted man who excels at writing about other big-hearted, if broken, men.” Walter would plead guilty as charged.

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Would Milwaukee County Residents Notice Downsized Board?

Wisconsin lawmakers voted to change the structure of the Milwaukee County Board
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Lawmakers in Milwaukee County and Madison have been at odds for months, over the wisdom and effect of shrinking the Milwaukee County Board.

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Environment
4:19 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Report: Mixed Results of Great Lakes Clean-up Efforts

The report says some indicators show signs of improvement in the lakes, while others are cause for concern
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The International Joint Commission released a report Tuesday on how the health of the Great Lakes has changed in the past 25 years. The agency, made up of representatives from the U.S. and Canada, advises both countries on issues affecting their shared waterways.

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Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Early Poll: Clinton is Wisconsin's Preferred 2016 Presidential Pick

What if the 2016 presidential race was today?

According to a new Marquette Law School Poll, Wisconsin would favor a Clinton-Ryan presidential race, with Clinton winning.

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Politics & Government
3:35 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Assembly Gets Tough on Underage Drinkers, Repeat Drunken Drivers

One bill would mandate prison sentences for certain repeat offenders
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The state Assembly approved a couple of measures on Tuesday, meant to reduce alcohol-related crimes.

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Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Top Four Oddball Attractions in Wisconsin

Milwaukee's "Gertie the Duck" statue is one of several local entries in Jerome Pohlen's extensive compendium of unusual tourist destinations.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Jerome Pohlen about "Oddball Wisconsin."

Visit some of Wisconsin's weirder roadside attractions.

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Politics & Government
10:55 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Wisconsin Congressman: U.S. Needs Right to Vote Amendment

Wisconsin’s newest Congressman wants the U.S. to amend its Constitution, so it guarantees adult Americans the right to vote in their home district.

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Politics & Government
10:36 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Wisconsin May Double Job Search Requirements

Laid-off workers in Wisconsin may have to search for four jobs a week – rather than two, if they want to continue receiving unemployment compensation. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved the higher standard on Monday. Now it’s part of the proposed state budget, and would give Wisconsin one of the highest standards in the country.

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Politics & Government
9:27 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Some Win, Some Lose Following Joint Finance Moves

State lawmakers were busy last week dealing with several measures impacting Milwaukee.
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The City of Milwaukee felt several body blows last week, when the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee passed budget provisions directly affecting the city.

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Politics & Government
8:48 am
Tue May 14, 2013

State Senate Votes Today on Milwaukee County Board Changes

State Senators are poised to act today on a bill that would weaken the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.

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