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WIsconsin Economic Scorecard
3:31 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Some Optimism, Some Pessimism Among Wisconsinites

The inaugural Wisconsin Economic Scorecard shows some divisions along party lines about the state of the Wisconsin economy.  Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with Peter Maier, acting director for UW-Milwaukee's Center for Urban Initiatives and Research, which conducted the poll of 545 Wisconsinites, in conjunction with WisBusiness.com and WUWM.

Civil War
9:34 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Understanding Slavery and the Civil War

Even as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War moves into its second year, Americans still disagree on what was the fundamental root cause of the war. But one author says it really was all about the moral question of slavery. Pewaukee writer, teacher, and independent Civil War historian Thomas Martin Sobottke is the author of the new book, Across That Dark River: The Civil War Memory. It's published by Moving Train Books LLC, which he also founded. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci. You can hear about the origin for Sobottke's book title as supplemental audio below.

Economy & Business
1:35 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Biking Instead of Driving May Not be Easier on Your Pocket

New adult bikes start at $350 at Johnson's Cycle & Fitness.

Now that spring is upon us, you will probably see more bicyclists on the road. They’ll join the hard-core riders who brave the elements all year. While nice weather may prompt some people to hop on a two-wheeler, there may be another incentive these days. Bike storeowners in town told WUWM’s LaToya Dennis that four-dollar-plus gasoline prices are also driving business. John Jensen has been in the bike business a long time. He owns Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness on North Avenue in Wauwatosa. He took over the family-owned company about 30 years ago, so he knows plenty.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu March 22, 2012

For Some, Art Is an Octopus Opening a Pickle Jar

Cathy Lybarger creates unusual glass art in her Madison studio.
Credit Cathy Lybarger/Etsy

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews glass artist Cathy Lybarger.

For ages, people have pondered what exactly constitutes art.

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Arts & Culture
3:28 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

There is No Dog

Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff is the author of There Is No Dog, published by Penguin. She spoke with Bonnie North.  Rosoff's other novels include the multiple award winning How I Live Now, the film of which is currently in pre-production, and the Carnegie Medal in Literature winner Just in Case. There is more of their conversation about Dog below. Just click on the supplemental audio file.

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Environment
6:28 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Gray Wolf Status Shifts from Endangered to Game

Gov. Walker is expected to soon sign into law a bill allowing wolves to be hunted in Wisconsin.

The Legislature recently approved a hunting season, after the federal government removed the wolf from the endangered species list, in January.

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Economy & Business
8:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Wisconsin Once a Leader in Creating Public Unions, Now in Weakening Them

Ken Germanson next to historical marker at the corner of Russell and Superior in Bay View.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO held a pro labor rally in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The event was part of a statewide tour that will end in Madison on Saturday, to mark the one-year anniversary of Governor Walker restricting collective bargaining rights for public workers.

As WUWM’s Bob Bach reports, Wisconsin is at the forefront of retracting public union gains that opponents insist went too far, while the state was once a leader in creating worker protections.

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Recall Election
3:15 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

New Database Allows People to Search Recall Petitions

The Tea Party groups behind the searchable database say it will ensure the recall process is transparent and honest.

It will soon be relatively easy to learn who signed the recall petitions against Gov. Scott Walker and four Republican state senators.

On Wednesday, two Tea Party groups plan to activate the searchable online database they’ve created.

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Environment
2:59 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Visit to the Solar Farm

Convergence team installs solar panels at its solar farm.

A local solar farm brings cutting-edge technology to Wisconsin. Susan Bence is WUWM’s Environmental Reporter. The 9th annual Green Energy Summit is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday in downtown Milwaukee. Tomorrow on Lake Effect, we’ll learn about a company also playing a role in solar technology in Wisconsin.

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Environment
5:33 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

An Environmental Balancing Act? Wisconsin's New Wetland Law

Wetland area near Ashland

After weeks of heated debate, Wisconsin has a new wetlands policy.

Governor Walker signed a bill into law Wednesday that he and Republican lawmakers call a “job creator” because it makes it easier for businesses to build or expand.

Supporters call one of the law’s strengths, the requirement that applicants submit a mitigation plan to “make up” for affected wetlands.

According to WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence, we will likely hear more about that “compensation” clause, as the state implements its new wetlands law.

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