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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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Arts & Culture
1:15 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

A Dachshund's Tale

Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington.

We hear about a wiener of a children’s book about a presidentially named Dachshund. Mequon children's book writer Barbara Behm is the author of Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington, published by Xlibris. It's illustrated by Milwaukeean Ellen Anderson, and it was given an honorable mention in the 2011 Writer's Digest Awards program.

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Economy & Business
12:55 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Public Market Thrives in Nationwide Trend

Customers peruse the deli at the West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe.

If you have visited the Public Market in downtown Milwaukee recently, you may have discovered a lively place. Tables filled with customers eating or drinking and others standing in line to purchase items. The Market was not always crowded; in fact at one point it was on the brink of closing. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, the trend is a growing one across the country.

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Environment
5:41 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

A Sign of Sustainable Energy

Rotor being secured on Port of Milwaukee turbine

If your commute takes you over the Hoan Bridge – between downtown Milwaukee and Bay View - you have surely spotted a gleaming white turbine take shape.

It should go “on line” Monday.

Federal stimulus money – along with state and local grants funded the $600,000 project.

Its owner - the City of Milwaukee – wants not only to power the Port of Milwaukee building, but also showcase the city’s commitment to renewable energy.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence donned a hard hat to talk with workers during the final construction phase.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu February 23, 2012

The Geographic Meaning of Objects

The Ortelius world map 1570
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields discusses the geographic meaning of objects.

Contributor Gianofer Fields brings us the story of how material culture meets sense of place.

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Environment
5:45 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

State Senators Pin Hopes on Bipartisan Mining Bill

Penokee Range south of Lake Superior holds coveted iron ore stash

A couple state Senators hope to slice through Wisconsin’s rancor-ridden mining debate.

A Florida-based company wants to extract iron ore from south of Lake Superior, creating hundreds of jobs, but only if the state does not drag out the permitting process.

Republican Senator Dale Schultz and Democrat Bob Jauch say they have drafted a 12-page bill addressing concerns some have with the lengthy bill the Assembly approved.

Jauch took a break from the Senate floor late Tuesday to talk with WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence.

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