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Economy & Business
2:53 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

MATC and Union Sign New Contract - Months Earlier Than Usual

MATC contract features concessions and concerns.
Credit Dave Reid, Flickr

The MATC Board and its faculty union agreed to a new one-year contract this week, set to take effect in 2014, when their existing three-year pact expires.

What makes the deal noteworthy is the fact it happened months earlier than usual and while courts consider challenges to Act 10. That relatively new state law prohibits most public unions from negotiating for anything except limited pay increases.

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Health & Science
2:48 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Learning About Wisconsin's Health Care Exchange or Marketplace

T-minus 10 months

In 10 months, the Affordable Care Act moves into full force.

Kenneth Munson, regional director of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, says starting in October, Wisconsin residents can enroll in the state’s health insurance exchange or marketplace. Gov. Walker opted not to create it, so the federal government is doing the job.

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Mines
12:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

No Shortage of Discussion before Joint Finance Passes Mining Bill

Debate continues around mining bill as Joint Finance Committee votes
Credit P Rasmussen

Lawmakers hoping to usher in a rebirth of iron ore mining in Wisconsin – Monday stepped closer to that goal.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee advanced a mining bill to the full Assembly and Senate.

There was no magical “coming together” of the two distinctly divided parties during the debate at the Capitol.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

How to Make the Midwest an Organic Hub

Wisconsin's growing increasing amounts of organic food
Credit Organic Farming Research Foundation

Wisconsin is second only to California for the number of organic farms in operation. And over the last few days, LaCrosse has been overflowing with advocates for organic farming.

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Regional
8:32 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Derek Williams Inquest Jury Recommends Charges Against Three Officers

Derek Williams' mother Sonia Moore says justice will be served.

Three Milwaukee police officers could face charges of failing to render aid. An inquest jury on Thursday recommended those charges, related to the death of Derek Williams in summer of 2011. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis was at the Courthouse when the jurors delivered their opinion. It is advisory.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

How Wisconsin Students Pulled Off One of the Greatest College Pranks Ever

Did Lady Liberty really sink in Wisconsin's Lake Mendota?
Credit Angela Weier and Bryce Richter

Contributor Gianofer Fields brings us the story of Lady Liberty of Lake Mendota.

Madison students pranked a city using a lot of Styrofoam, a lake, and the Statue of Liberty.

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Regarding Recycling, ReStores Repurpose the Concept of Consignment Shop

Jake Brandt prepares for 1st Street opening

Recycling and repurposing materials can not only be a cost- savings in what is – for many people – tight financial times; it’s also becoming hip. Even Martha Stewart talks up repurposed furniture and décor.

ReStore is one of the local operations riding on the trend. What might appear to be a discount hardware store, actually sells new and “gently-used” building materials, furniture and the like. The proceeds help fund local Habitat for Humanity affiliates build and renovate homes.

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Arts & Culture
1:51 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Long Overdue Book Inspires Librarian's Search for Culprit in "Underneath the Lintel"

Old library books can acrue fines, too.
Credit Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews actor James Ridge and director C. Michael Wright.

Have you ever kept an overdue library book for an extended period of time? How about 113 years?

In Glen Berger’s play Underneath the Lintel, currently being performed by the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, one Dutch librarian is out to catch the family that had that book checked out for much longer than the standard three weeks.

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Education
12:50 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

MPS-Morehouse Partnership Builds Bridge to College for Young Black Men

MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton with one of last year's class of MPS students who received scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Credit Milwaukee Public Schools

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Morehouse College president John Wilson, Jr.

In the last several weeks, the news cycle has been filled with stories of young men - many African-American - signing letters of intent to play sports at various American colleges and universities.

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Arts & Culture
10:13 am
Wed February 20, 2013

English Isn't Their First Language, But International Students Perform "Phantom" with Ease

Dominican High School--Phantom of the Opera
Kate H. Jurgens

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley investigates Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera."

Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay might be a small Catholic school of about 300 students, but its theatrical undertakings would be daunting for many larger institutions.

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