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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.
Credit Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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.
Credit Mark Sardella, Flickr

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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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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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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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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Economy & Business
3:20 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

New Office Building Planned for Former Pabst Brewery Site

Rendering of the Pabst Business Center

A developer announced plans on Wednesday for a new five-story building to be constructed in the "The Brewery " neighborhood. The Brewery - a mixed-use development - is located on the northern edge of downtown Milwaukee, on the grounds of the former Pabst Brewery.

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Regional
11:45 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wisconsin's Last Flash Point Over Tribal Spear Fishing

Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin have announced plans to spear 59,399 walleyes in off-reservation lakes this season.
Credit Wolfgang Hoffmann

Tribal leaders in Wisconsin have been unhappy with state leaders for relaxing mining standards and approving a wolf hunt. Now tensions have emerged over spear fishing.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Milwaukee Loses Out on Bloomberg Funds, But Project Will Continue

Stakeholders of Milwaukee HOME GR/OWN plan to forge ahead despite Bloomberg challenge results.
Credit Susan Bence

Last week, the hopes of many in southeastern Wisconsin were dashed when the results of the Bloomberg challenge were announced.

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Politics & Government
11:41 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Walker Marketing His Conservative Brand, Perhaps Testing Presidential Waters

A familiar face at big Republican gatherings.
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Gov. Scott Walker appeared to be one of the Republican leaders ‘testing the water’ late last week, as the Conservative Political Action Conference gathered in Maryland.

Walker was invited to address the conference and was also on its straw ballot of GOP presidential contenders for 2016.

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