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Foster Care
7:47 am
Mon October 22, 2012

State Aims to Fix 'Fragmented' Health Care System for Kids

The state, which runs the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, aims to improve health care for thousands of foster children in southeast Wisconsin.
Credit Erin Toner

The state of Wisconsin says it will soon roll out a new health care system for children in foster care. They often have far more serious medical and mental health needs than peers, yet people involved with the children say, too often, their needs are not met. In the first of a two-part series, WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on a big shortcoming of the current health care system for foster children – their medical records are scattered and incomplete. What the state plans to do to address the problem, is create for each child, a “medical home.”

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Man's Search for Family History Depends on Unusual Clue

A unique rosary is one man's only link to his grandmother's past.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to a man searching for the history behind a family heirloom.

As a student of material culture, Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields examines the meanings behind objects - what they signify historically and to an individual. But what happens when the meaning of a treasured object is hidden and lost to time?

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Environment
5:14 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Marking Forty Years of the Clean Water Act

Karen Schapiro with Milwaukee Riverkeeper says work remains to accomplish goals set by the Clean Water Act 40 years ago.
Credit Susan Bence

Milwaukee Riverkeeper director Karen Schapiro talks about the ongoing impact of the Clean Water Act, 40 years after its passage.

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Economy & Business
5:13 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Why Does Milwaukee Have So Few Minority-Owned Businesses?

Gordon Nameni rents an office inside the Granville Business Development Center.

Over the past 15 years, the number of black and Hispanic businesses in Milwaukee has doubled. However, only 10,000 of the more than 112,000 companies in metro Milwaukee are minority-owned.

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Behind the (Funny) Scenes With Hilary Price, a Writer Who Draws

Cartoonist Hilary Price.
Credit image courtesy of the author

Cartoonist Hilary Price talks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich on the road in Kenosha.

The page of the country's newspapers can sometimes be rough - stories of crime and mayhem, contentious politics, and - depending your rooting interests - losing sports teams.  But fortunately, there are always the comics to fall back on, some literal comic relief in the midst of everything else.

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Environment
5:38 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

H2O "Rockstar" Says It's Time to Rethink Water

Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Valley Water District general manager Pat Mulroy talked last week at Water Summit 2012 in Milwaukee.
Credit Susan Bence

Las Vegas Valley Water District head Pat Mulroy casts the country's water challenges in the context of what the arid southwest is dealing with.

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Wolves
5:28 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Scientific Eye on Opening Day of Highly Contested Wolf Hunt

Monday marks day one of a hunting season some thought would never come: Wisconsin's first wolf hunt.

The Legislature set it into motion months ago, right after the federal government removed the wolf's endangered status.

Tim Van Deelen is one of the people who will watch the hunt scientifically.

The wildlife biologist has been studying the creature throughout its gradual return to Wisconsin, and now will monitor the impact the wolf harvest could have on the stability of its population.

The DNR doled out 1,160 permits for the wolf hunt that begins today.

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Civil War
2:59 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: In the Wake of Antietam

With election season in full swing, it's easy to think that today's political environment is more polarized than in the past - that back in the old days, consensus was the norm, politicians didn't calculate with precision their next moves, and war wasn't politicized.

Of course, one has to merely rewind about 150 years to the American Civil War to rejigger that assumption.

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Environment
12:09 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Movement Embraces "Native" Landscaping

Rochelle Whiteman measuring up to her native flowering Compass Plant.
Credit Susan Bence

WUWM's Susan Bence brings us the story of native landscaping in the Milwaukee area and the remarkable woman who pioneered it.

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Environment
12:02 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Collaboration and Innovation Touted at Water Conference

Members of Oostburg and Ozaukee high schools team share their international underwater robotics story at Water Summit 2012.

People from around the world pour into Milwaukee to take on pressing water issues and promise of science and technology.

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