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12:56 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Photos: Winter Storm Hits Wisconsin

A view of the snow in Madison on Thursday morning.
Credit Liz Benzschawel

Weather Conditions as of 5 pm:

People across Wisconsin are coping with the season’s first widespread snowstorm. A Winter Storm Warning for all of southeast Wisconsin is in effect until 3 am Friday. The DOT is recommending no non-essential travel in areas west and north of Milwaukee.

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Regional
9:14 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Don't Panic! The World Won't End Tomorrow

What does the Mayan calendar really say? And what does our interpretation of it say about us?
Credit Rich Renomeron, via Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Lake Effect's astronomy contributor Jean Creighton.

It may be the end of our calendar year, but for the Mayans', tomorrow is the last day on their calendar...period.

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Health & Science
1:30 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Five Reasons Why We Need to Attract More Minorities, Women to STEM Fields

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory hosts events like "Science Careers in Search of Women," to attract women and minorities to STEM fields.
Credit Argonne National Library

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Dr. Angela Byars-Winston of UW-Madison.

A lot has been written about the effort to attract more women and people of color to what's known as the "STEM" fields - science, technology, engineering, and math. Leaders in all of those fields have spoken of the need to have a future workforce that better reflects the demographics of this country. But where do we actually stand in attracting students to STEM education?

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Drought
2:05 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Study: Midwest Drought Onset Faster Than First Thought

Farmers in the Midwest struggled through an extended drought this season, that researchers now say came on quicker than previously thought.
Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images

New research shows how quickly and dramatically plants in Wisconsin came under stress this year. 

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the drought that has afflicted much of the United States this year has been the most severe in at least 25 years. But the federal agency wants to do more than simply report the bad news.

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Regional
1:54 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Some Children are Familiar with the Sound of Gunfire

A child's sense of security may be shattered when he or she is exposed to violence.

While the U.S. hopes it never again suffers a mass shooting like last Friday’s in Connecticut, violence is all too common for some children.

Kids in certain Milwaukee neighborhoods are familiar with the sound of gunfire, and with losing people they love.

WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl sat down to talk with several students here, who have lived amid violence.

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Regional
9:23 am
Tue December 18, 2012

CEO Hopes Northwestern Mutual's New Skyscraper Will Have 'Iconic' Design

Northwestern Mutual will replace its old building at Cass and Mason with a new skyscraper set to be built by 2017.
Credit Jeramey Jannene

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Reporters Sean Ryan and Stacy Vogel Davis.

The Milwaukee business world is still buzzing over this month's announcement that Northwestern Mutual plans to build a new skyscraper downtown and greatly expand its presence in its home city.

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World
8:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

What's it Like, Living at Sea? Captain of Last International Ship to Leave Milwaukee, Shares His Sto

ederal EMS freighter at the Port of Milwaukee

The Port of Milwaukee bid farewell this month, to its final international visitor of the season.

The ship “Federal EMS” deposited a load of steel and then hurried off to other Great Lakes ports – needing to pass through the St. Lawrence Seaway before it closes for winter.

Before the ocean-going vessel departed, I visited Captain, Andrzej Lasota to learn about life at sea.

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Environment
1:02 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Trouble in Paradise - Town of Jackson Still Faces Uncertain Water Future

The Bishop's farm was placed within the drinking water advisory area back in July.

Five months ago Monday, a gasoline pipeline ruptured outside of West Bend and turned life in a small nearby community upside down.

More than 50,000 gallons spilled onto a farm field in the Town of Jackson, seeped underground and contaminated wells.

As the town grapples with finding a long-term solution to their water problem, WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited a couple anxiously hoping for light at the end of the tunnel.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Body as Art: A Conversation With the "Dominican Dominator"

Professional bodybuilder Victor Martinez
Credit rebodybuilding.com

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews professional bodybuilder Victor Martinez.

This artist's canvass is his own body.

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Regional
11:43 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Low Water Levels Reveal Sunken Ships in the Great Lakes

Remains of a sunken ship near Door County.
Credit UW Sea Grant Institute

Water levels are low enough in the Great Lakes that parts of sunken ships have become visible.

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