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12:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Parting Thoughts From a Natural Resources Advocate

Outgoing chair David Clausen at a recent meeting of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.
Credit Susan Bence

Environmental Reporter Susan Bence interviews David Clausen.

Unless you’ve “rubbed shoulders with it” – the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board may mean nothing to you.

Yet the roots of the seven-member panel created to serve as a bridge between natural resources policy and the good of the people – date back to 1867.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Bay View Compost Concept Picks Up Steam

Kompost Kids team - Melissa Tashjian second from right - on compost pile maintenance day.
Credit Susan Bence

Americans create waste. According to the EPA, in 2010 we - cumulatively – generated about 250 million tons of trash. However, we’re also becoming better at keeping garbage out of landfills.

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Regional
11:29 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Why Bean Balls Don't Lead to Jail Time

San Diego Padre Carlos Quentin charges Los Angeles Dodger Zach Greinke in a game.
Credit Denis Poroy, Getty Images

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Professor Matt Mitten, the director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University.

San Diego Padre Carlos Quentin returns from suspension today. He’s eligible to play against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Variation on a Theme - Safeguarding the Future of Small Creatures

Barb Agnew advocates for wildlife and plant habitat.
Credit Susan Bence

There is growing international concern about the future of ecosystems – from coral reefs to the arctic circle.


WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence found both local people determined to protect small creatures - one the Monarch butterfly, the other honeybees. Her first stop, was at the Milwaukee County grounds – in Wauwatosa.

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Wolf
12:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

On the Hunt for Wolf Tracks

Wolf Tracking
Susan Bence

A few days ago, volunteers and DNR staff tallied how many wolves populate the Wisconsin landscape. Their preliminary count is more than 800, living in 216 packs. Today, officials will use that information to begin to craft this year’s harvest quota.

By June the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will set its quota for the upcoming wolf hunt season, which will kick off October 15. It will mark Wisconin's second wolf hunt season after the wolf was removed from federal endangered protection.

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Regional
3:37 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Reaction to UWM Study: Young Black Men Should Focus on Education and Entreprenuership

Wisconsin has the highest black male incarceration rate in the country.

According to a new study by researchers at UW-Milwaukee, more than 50 percent of black males in their 30s in Milwaukee County have spent time in state prison. The report also points out that time in prison is the most serious barrier to employment, which helps explain the excessively high unemployment rate among African American men in Milwaukee.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Earth Day Story - UWM Handling Stormwater Creatively on Urban Campus

Vegetable garden adjacent to UWM dorms - viewed from student cafe.
Credit Susan Bence

Monday marks Earth Day. What has blossomed into an international event, stemmed from the spirit of the late Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.

The U.S. Senator inspired millions of people around the world to address dangers threatening the environment.

One local woman has taken on the challenge at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Amaranth Bakery Cooks Up Sustainable Model, Helps Other Businesses Rise

David Boucher at the register of Amaranth Bakery
Credit Susan Bence

Interview with David Boucher

Though many of its goods are baked, Amaranth Bakery's story is a juicy one. Located on Milwaukee’s northwest side, the bakery and cafe opened seven years ago at 34th and Lisbon as the dream of David Boucher and his wife Stephanie.

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Regional
3:42 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Study: Wisconsin Far and Away Leads Nation in Black Male Incarceration

Milwaukee County Secure Detention Facility
Credit Mike Steele, Flickr

The 2010 Census informed Wisconsin that it had the highest rate of black male incarceration in the country – well over 12 percent. Now a new examination of the numbers puts Wisconsin not only at the top - but far ahead of all other states when it comes to sending black men to prison.

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Arts & Culture
4:48 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Art Show Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel

Architect and artist Emily Scali's bike wall
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews artist Austin Ohm and architect Emily Scali.

Artists aim to create artwork that's both "beautiful and functional" from bicycle parts.

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