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Environment
2:43 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Keeping Carpet from the Landfill

Feeding the machine

Our environmental reporter Susan Bence rolls up to a budding Milwaukee recycling business. Be it Berber, Persian or shag, the carpet recycler helps keep it out of the landfill.

Regional
1:06 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Residency Rules: The Detroit Experience

An abandoned home in Detroit.
Credit Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The debate over where city of Milwaukee employees are allowed to live takes center stage at the state Capitol Tuesday. A Senate committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that would do away with the requirement that Milwaukee police officers and fire fighters reside within the city limits. Gov. Scott Walker’s budget would also scrap the residency rule for Milwaukee’s 6,000 public school teachers. More than a decade ago, state lawmakers in Michigan made a similar move, giving city of Detroit workers the freedom to live wherever they want. WUWM’s Erin Toner spoke with a few people about how those changes have impacted the Motor City.

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Politics & Government
2:23 pm
Fri March 11, 2011

Civil Rights Activist Looks at Protests Then and Now

Margaret (Peggy) Rozga in the WUWM studios.

One of the people watching – and taking part in -- the Madison protests has been Margaret (Peggy) Rozga.

She’s an English professor at UW-Waukesha, but perhaps is best known as the widow of James Groppi. He was the former Catholic priest and activist who was a major leader in the civil rights movement in Milwaukee in the 1960s.

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Politics & Government
2:21 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Phony Walker, Koch Call Raises Political, Journalistic Ethics Questions

Gov. Scott Walker

Democrats are accusing Governor Scott Walker of breaking ethics and campaign finance laws during a phone conversation he thought he was having with billionaire David Koch. The state Democratic Party Monday filed a formal complaint with the Government Accountability Board. WUWM’s Erin Toner reports that the case has raised ethics questions, not only in the political realm, but also in the field of journalism.

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Recall Election
3:04 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Recall Fever: Historic Recalls in Wisconsin

More than 1/3 of Wisconsin’s state senators could be fighting for their political future because of voter outrage over the governor’s budget repair bill.

A number of recall attempts have been launched against the Democrats who’ve left the state to delay a vote, as well as Republicans who support Gov. Walker’s divisive proposal.

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Capitol Protests
2:19 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Capitol Must Remain Open to Public During Business Hours

Demonstrators were ordered out of the Capitol Thursday night after nearly three weeks of protests.

A Dane County Circuit Judge ordered all remaining demonstrators to leave the state Capitol late Thursday. There were about 100 there at the time. Judge John Albert says the building should return to normal business hours. For more than two weeks, the Capitol has been filled the protesters around the clock, most demanding that Governor Walker or the Legislature drop his plan to rescind most collective bargaining rights for public workers. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis is here in the studio with me this morning, with the latest developments. To recap the situation, Capitol police asked protesters to vacate the Capitol late Sunday, so the building could be cleaned. Most did leave, but officers allowed the rest to remain, rather than risk confrontation. Then, the DOA, the Department of Administration began limiting access to the building in order to minimize disruption and return a sense of normalcy. But unintended consequences resulted.

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Politics & Government
3:37 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Norquist Chides Budget Plan for Crippling Milwaukee's Ability to Generate Wealth

Former Milwaukee mayor and state legislator John Norquist has strong opinions about the budget battling people are waging in Wisconsin.

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Recall Election
2:16 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Thirteen Senators from both Parties Targeted by Recalls

Credit Andy Stenz Photography

Recall paperwork has been filed in recent days for eight Republican state senators and five of their Democratic colleagues.

The Government Accountability Board said Wednesday the Republicans targeted are: Robert Cowles, Alberta Darling, Glenn Grothman, Sheila Harsdorf, Randy Hopper, Dan Kapanke, Mary Lazich and Luther Olsen.

The Democratic senators targeted are: Spencer Coggs, Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin, Minority Leader Mark Miller and Robert Wirch.

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Environment
1:32 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Aldo Leopold Documentary

Environmental historian Susan Flader at Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo.

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence spoke with Susan Flader and Curt Meine, Aldo Leopold scholars featured in the documentary “Green Fire” that’s been shown tonight in Milwaukee. The film is slated to air on public television in 2012.

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Capitol Protests
2:14 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Thousands of Protesters Plan to Return to the Capitol

Union workers protest outside the capitol on Thursday.

The state Assembly approved Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill early Friday morning. It contains a provision that would strip public employees of most collective bargaining rights and has been the subject of massive protests at the capitol in the past ten days. UW-Madison student Lance Janssen says the debate isn't over because the state Senate still has to vote. He plans to return to the capitol in the next few days.

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