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Environment
5:51 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Mining 4: Scientific Perspectives

Momentum to streamline Wisconsin’s mine permitting process is rocketing ahead.

This week, to accelerate Senate action, Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald disbanded a bipartisan mining jobs committee - sending the Assembly’s bill to the budget committee.

It will hold a hearing Friday at the Capital, with a potential Senate vote next week.

Supporters of the faster permitting process say northern Wisconsin needs the jobs an iron ore mine would bring.

Critics insist the state needs time to study whether the operation would irreparably harm the environment.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited the region to gather residents’ views. She now concludes her series by chatting with researchers on the scene using what they know to predict how a strip mine might affect a pristine watershed.

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Politics & Government
12:59 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

President Obama Promotes Insourcing in Milwaukee Visit

President Obama
Credit Michael Reynolds -Pool/Getty Images

President Obama spoke to a cheering crowd of Master Lock employees Wednesday. The president cited the central city company as an example of what he intends to promote – manufacturing growth in the U. S. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, Master Lock decided to bring 100 jobs back here from China.

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Environment
6:17 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Mining 3: Dissenting Voices

Pete Rasmussen outside his home

Environmental groups are not any happier with a new Senate mining bill, than with legislation the Assembly passed weeks ago.

Advocates of streamlined regulations want to pave the way for an open pit iron mine just south of Lake Superior.

People who live nearby have mixed opinions.

Yesterday we spoke with residents who support mining because of the hundreds of jobs it would create.

Today, WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence steps into the Penokee Range where some people hope to stop or at least slow the process.

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Environment
5:56 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Mining 2: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Terry Peters owns a logging business in Mellen

A state lawmaker revealed a much-anticipated iron mining bill Monday. It’s still in draft form.
Senator Neal Kedzie of Elkhorn wants the Select Committee on Mining Jobs, which he heads - along with the public - to comment on both the preliminary document as well as a mining bill the Assembly passed last month.

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Recall Election
1:47 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Crowd Cheers as Truck Delivers One Million Recall Signatures

A volunteer carries a box of signatures into the Government Accountability Board office.

Hundreds of people celebrated on the streets of downtown Madison Tuesday, as a truck full of petitions aimed at recalling Gov. Scott Walker pulled up to the Governmental Accountability Board office. Volunteers carried dozens of boxes into the building as organizers claimed they’ve collected more than one million signatures to force an election. The recall effort began last year in response to Walker’s push to end most collective bargaining rights for public unions. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, election officials now have their work cut out for them.

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Environment
5:35 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Wielding Words to Conserve Wilderness

Michael Frome in his Port Washington office

We conclude our year-end tradition, Life’s Voices. WUWM shares the stories and perspectives of people making a difference, often without public fanfare. Today, our installment takes a green turn, as we meet a man dedicating his life to preserving open and wild spaces.

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Veterans
7:57 am
Tue December 27, 2011

War's End Rekindles Grief For Educator

Pat Farrell studies the names of former Catholic Memorial students killed in action.

American troops have been leaving Iraq this month, as President Obama adheres to the schedule for ending the war and the task of rebuilding the country which began nine years ago.

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Veterans
2:58 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

Erin Toner on NPR: VA Shortens Residential AODA Treatment

The Milwaukee VA is shortening its residential mental health treatment programs. Doctors there say the shortened stay from 90 to 45 days will mean more intense treatment and will make it easier for veterans to transition back into society sooner.

But as Erin Toner reported for NPR’s Morning Edition, some patients say getting clean and sober is just the first step in their recovery. They worry about being pushed out too soon.

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Environment
2:51 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Goats and Landscape Management

Cherrie Nolden of Prairie du Sac is using goats to better control brush.

WUWM's Environmental Reporter Susan Bence spoke with Cherrie Nolden, who is researching how goats can be better used in managing land. Nolden lives in Prairie du Sac.

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Project Milwaukee
3:18 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Panel Answers Audience Questions About 2011

Project Milwaukee Q&A

Members of a studio audience posed question to our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval panel about what happened in 2011 and where we might go from here, Friday morning at the Pabst Theater.

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