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6:04 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Milwaukee Drinking Water Ranks High on EPA Quality List

Milwaukee Water Works releases its annual water quality report.
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The City of Milwaukee’s drinking water gets high marks when it comes to “quality”.

The Environmental Protection Agency requires every public water supplier around the country to publish its annual report.

Thousands of Milwaukee water customers will soon find the report tucked in with monthly bills.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence learned a bit more about what it takes to provide safe, drinkable water.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Aaron's Hammer

Blacksmiths' tools haven't changed that much over time.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews blacksmith Aaron Howard.

Technological advances have meant the tools of many trades are transient - evolving from year to year.

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Veterans
3:24 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mental Health Clinic Provides Unique Treatment to Veterans' Families

Therapist Kathy Anderson chats with Claudia Stetz, the widow of a Vietnam War veteran.
Credit Erin Toner

Monday, we reported on a one-year-old clinic in West Allis treating a growing number of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some say they’re seeking outside therapy because they’re dissatisfied with their VA health care. This morning, WUWM’s Erin Toner revisits the clinic to report on another free service it provides – mental health services for the families of veterans. Family members don’t qualify for care at VA hospitals.

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Environment
6:10 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Stepp Stands Firm - She's Guiding WDNR In Right Direction

Secretary Cathy Stepp tells Clean Rivers Clean Lake conference attendees WDNR is on course.

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources secretary Cathy Stepp has faced her share of controversy.

Now, former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk is calling for her removal.

Falk – one of four Democrats hoping to defeat Governor Scott Walker in a recall election – believes environmental enforcement has suffered under Stepp’s watch.

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Veterans
3:17 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

New Clinic Provides Mental Health Care to Veterans, Family Members

Therapist Kathy Anderson, left, and client Claudia Stetz, right, relax at Veteran Quest in West Allis.
Credit Erin Toner

An alarming number of suicides among American soldiers has/have been pressuring the VA to improve mental health services for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As a result, the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department plans to add nearly 2,000 employees to reduce wait times for appointments. In Milwaukee, a growing number of vets dissatisfied with the VA have been supplementing their government care with therapy at an outside clinic. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, it offers a less structured approach.

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Arts & Culture
2:29 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

As In Chess, As In Life

Writer Jennifer DuBois.
Credit image courtesy of the author

Jennifer DuBois talks about "The History of Lost Causes."

Jennifer DuBois's new novel asks the central question, How do you keep going when you know things are going to end badly? The book is A Partial History of Lost Causes (Random House, 2012).  

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Environment
6:22 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Scientists Dig into How Wisconsin Wolf Hunt Might Impact Population Stability

PhD student Jennifer Stenglein and wildlife biologist Tim Van Deelen present their research findings at a conference on wolf conservation in the Great Lakes region.

Wisconsin leaders recently passed a controversial bill allowing people to hunt wolves starting this fall.

The move came shortly after the federal government removed the animal from the endangered species list.

Friday, researchers from UW-Madison share what they’ve learned about the impact wolf harvesting could have on the stability of its population.

The team will present its findings in Duluth, where a range of interested people – from scientists to livestock producers, are gathering for an annual conference on wolves in the Great Lakes region.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met the Madison researchers before they departed.

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Economy & Business
2:36 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Investors Turn to Foreclosures to Make Money

Home on Milwaukee's northwest side recently purchased by Michael Baron.

Milwaukee will host a home ownership fair Saturday. The goal is to unload many of the foreclosed properties both banks and the city own. City Hall estimates there to be 4,000 such houses. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis learned of potential buyers who view foreclosures as a great business opportunity.

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Environment
4:13 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Milwaukee's Green Team Keeps City on Sustainable Path

Click to Enlarge PhotoThe Port of Milwaukee wind turbine

In honor of the upcoming Earth Day, we hear about the City of Milwaukee’s sustainability program. Matt Howard is the Director of Environmental Sustainability for the City of Milwaukee. Dennis Grzezinski is senior staff counsel for Midwest Environmental Associates and one of the 14 members of the city’s Green Team. They spoke with Susan Bence.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

A Mighty Welder

Metal artist Erika Koivunen at work with her welder
Credit William Howard/Pinterest

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to metal artist Erika Koivunen.

What does it take to spot the hidden life in an object many of us would view as junk?

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