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1:10 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Evers vs. Pridemore: Where Do the DPI Superintendent Candidates Stand on Big Education Questions?

Tony Evers and Don Pridemore

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews education journalist Erin Richards.

With election day coming up next Tuesday, education activists on both sides of the aisle are anticipating the outcome of one of the biggest races - that for state superintendent of public instruction.

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Snow Melt Impact on Wisconsin Rivers and Streams Yet to Unfold

Just when and how intensely snow melt will affect rivers and streams remains an unknown.
Credit Susan Bence

What’s up with this weather? Last spring was warm and the summer extremely dry. Although this year’s cold snap “appears” to have broken across Wisconsin, temperatures remain below normal, and our mounds of snow are only slowly shrinking.

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Politics & Government
12:57 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Lawmakers Question Changes to State Child Care Subsidy Program

Lawmakers wrapped up budget hearings Tuesday with a discussion about child care subsidies.
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One of the last issues the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee considered Tuesday as it wrapped up budget briefings was childcare. Lawmakers must decide what they think of Gov. Walker’s plans to alter the state’s payment system for providers and to combat fraud.

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Politics & Government
11:49 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Walker's Planned Memoir Indicates an Interest in Being President

Is Walker's book his next step toward running for President?
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Governor Walker obviously wants to run for President, according to UWM History Professor Glen Jeansonne. He’s been watching the governor travel the country, raising money and speaking to conservative audiences. Now that Walker will publish a book detailing his political experiences and ideology, there’s no question in the professor’s mind - the career politician wants the country to know about him.

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Politics & Government
11:46 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Students Reflect on the Same Sex Marriage Debate

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On California's Prop 8 And Defense Of Marriage Act.
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Lake Effect’s Amy Kiley discussed the Supreme Court hearings with two University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students, Johanna Beran and Baraq Stein.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments for and against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which the Obama Administration has declined to defend.  A ruling on DOMA could impact federal benefits for same-sex couples.  The Proposition 8 case before the court yesterday could have a broader impact.  The justices could use it to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage – though they signaled hesitation to issue such a broad determination.

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Economy & Business
9:39 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Caterpillar and Union Set to Start Negotiations in Early April

Caterpillar and union ready to bargain.
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In less than a week, contract negotiations will begin at Caterpillar in South Milwaukee. The talks will be the first since the company took over former Bucyrus International in 2010.

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Education
4:26 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

You Never Know What Might Be In That Old Desk - Like, Say, a 17th Century Map

Marcy Bidney, Laura Matthew, and Avi Lank speak with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

For more than thirty years, the library of the American Geographical Society has resided within the Golda Meir library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  One key artifact in that library is a scroll representing the history of one family from the Zapotec culture in Mexico. 

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

A Naturalist's Take on Baffling Spring Weather

Budding aspen gets chilly response
Credit Susan Bence

Don Quintenz practically came out of the womb with a fascination for nature.

“I just loved the wildflowers and the hawks and the birds; and I’m lucky I was brought up with a lot of exposure to nature as a young kids; go outside, I don’t want to see you until dinner time kind of thing,” Quintenz says.

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Wolf
12:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Select Stakeholders Invited to DNR Wolf Management Round Table

DNR is beginning to come up with wolf management plan.
Credit P McConnell

Wisconsin recently concluded its first wolf hunt, on the heels of the animal’s removal from the list of endangered species.

The DNR is in the process of creating permanent rules for the hunt, and setting quotas for this year’s harvest.

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Politics & Government
4:08 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Political Shift in West Bend as Tea Party Ideology Gains Influence

West Bend has offered an incentive package to a concealed carry trade group to move into this former museum building downtown.

West Bend has long been a conservative stronghold in southeastern Wisconsin. The city seems to have taken a few steps further to the right in recent years, as conservative and Tea Party ideology has made its presence felt.

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