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12:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

A Chair-ful Look at History

It's that time of year when college/university students are experiencing the joy of a short holiday break and the dread of writing their final papers.

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Wisconsin Economic Scorecard
2:37 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

New Poll: Wisconsinites Lukewarm on Current Economy, But Optimistic

One set of data from the latest Wisconsin Economic Scorecard.
Credit UWM CUIR graph

It’s a week-and-a-half since the election, and the nation’s attention has turned to our economic fortunes.  A standoff continues over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” though there is likewise increasing talk of a so-called “grand bargain” to head it off.

In Wisconsin, many are looking both to today’s formal announcement by the governor over health insurance exchanges, but also further ahead to the next proposed biennial budget.

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Civil War
1:20 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Gettysburg

Barlow's Knoll after the first day of battle at Gettysburg.
Credit Wiki Commons photo

For the past six months, we've been telling you the stories of Wisconsin soldiers fighting in the American Civil War through our "Iron Brigade and Beyond" series.

Fighting with the brave regiments of the Iron Brigade to the Old Abe 8th, Battery B to the so-called Western brigades, Wisconsinites saw action in some of the war's fiercest and deadliest battles.

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Health & Science
9:49 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Why Walker Said 'No' to State-Run Health Insurance Exchange

Gov. Walker announced his decision Friday.
Credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday that Wisconsin will not create its own health insurance exchange, as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. Walker says he will leave the responsibility to the federal government.

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Health & Science
9:03 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Timeline: Health Care Exchange Discussion in Wisconsin

States must tell the federal government by Friday whether they'll create a state-run health exchange.

Update: Gov. Walker announces that Wisconsin will not create its own health insurance exchange.

Gov. Scott Walker has until Friday Nov. 16 to announce whether Wisconsin will create its own health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act. If the state refuses, the federal government will create Wisconsin's exchange.

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Environment
12:29 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Demystifying a Farming Philosophy - Biodynamics

Annual harvest of dandelions on Zinniker farm

Not all, that many years ago, organic farming might have elicited the rolling of eyes. Today, the practice of growing products without chemicals seems common. However, a related approach remains relatively unknown.

Called biodynamics, it involves the use of harvested plants and remains of dead animals. Advocates kicked off a five-day North American conference in Madison on Wednesday.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence set out to learn more about the farming practice that dates back to the turn of the last century.

She begins at a dandelion harvesting event outside of Elkhorn.

You many find a few descriptions “unsavory.”

Petra Duffner knew nothing about biodynamics – until 1991.

That was the year she took a break from college in her native Germany and landed on this farm in southeastern Wisconsin.



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Health & Science
9:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

What Kentucky has Learned about Creating a Health Insurance Exchange

Kentucky started planning months ago and shares what it has learned.
Credit StateHealthFacts.org

Governor Walker will announce his decision Friday, as to whether Wisconsin will create a state-run health insurance exchange or rely on the federal government to develop a plan.

WUWM inquired about Kentucky’s plan – that state is months ahead in planning its exchange.

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Health & Science
9:24 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Marquette Lecturer: Eventually, Only Fringe Element Will Scorn Health Care Reform Act

Government researcher perceives opposition to ACA dwindling.

While Wisconsin remains among the states yet to take formal steps toward creating a health care exchange, Chris Murray, a lecturer at Marquette University's Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, describes opposition to the Affordable Care Act as waning.

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Environment
2:52 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Partnerships Eyed for Massive Water Infrastructure Improvements

Public-private partnerships are seen as one way to fund renovation of the nation's aging water infrastructure and avert water main breaks like this.
Credit US EPA

Water industry and government leaders will be in Chicago this week to discuss innovative ways to upgrade the nation's waterworks.

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Arts & Culture
10:09 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Heroes of "Hollow Earth" Breathe Life, Adventure Into Art

Brother and sister John and Carole Barrowman are co-authors of "Hollow Earth."
Credit Mitch Teich

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews John and Carole Barrowman.

Have you ever looked at a painting in an art gallery and wished you could become part of the world the artist created? Certainly, it’d be nice to spend some time in Claude Monet’s world, and it would be an adventure to make your way through an M.C. Esher drawing.

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