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5:35 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Poverty Appears to Have Grown Among Wisconsin Public School Students

43% of Wisconsin public school students poor enough to qualify for lunch assistance

For the ninth year in a row, Wisconsin has counted an increase in the number of public school students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches.

According to the Dept of Public Instruction, 43.2% of students qualify, up from 42.5% a year ago. In raw numbers the total is now 359,000 Wisconsin public school students.

Approximately one-third come from households earning less than $30,000 a year.

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Arts & Culture
5:23 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Nigella Lawson's Italian Romance: New Cookbook Flirts with Traditional Recipes

Nigella Lawson's newest book explores the home cook's approach to Italian food.
Credit TLC

Nigella Lawson may be a household name, bestselling author and TV show host, but she describes herself quite simply as "a food enthusiast."

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Arts & Culture
4:42 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Jazz Musician Stretches Creative Limbs as Yoga Instructor

Yoga instructor Erica Mather
Credit Pravassa/Erica Mather

A popular Wisconsin jazz musician stepped back from the piano to become a New York yoga instructor.

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Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Report: Walker Proposal Could Reduce Food Stamp Participation

The state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released a report on the possible impact of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to require food stamp recipients to work.

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Politics & Government
2:56 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Journalist: Lawmakers Getting Along - But Tensions Persist in Post-Act 10 Legislature

Marley and Stein with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Credit UW Press

A new book gives a behind-the-scenes look at Governor Walker's administration during the collective bargaining fight.

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Politics & Government
8:47 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Lawmakers Take Up Rent To Own, DNA Expansion This Week

The Joint Finance Committee continues to work on the Walker administration's proposed new two year state budget.

The legislature's Joint Finance Committee will consider changes to the state's rent-to-own laws and a proposed expansion of the state's DNA registry.

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Politics & Government
1:01 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Walker's Busy Travel Week Fuels Speculation About His Political Ambitions

Gov. Walker's speaking engagement schedule is jam packed this week.
Credit Eric Thayer Getty Images

Gov. Scott Walker embarks on a speaking frenzy this week. He’s set to keynote huge Republican gatherings in Connecticut and New York City, then head to Iowa, to be the star of a GOP gathering. Iowa is home to the nation's first presidential caucuses.

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Education
1:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

New College Grads May Be Entering An Improving Job Market

Marquette University Commencement Ceremony
Credit Chris Stolarski

Thousands of local college students graduated over the weekend. UWM and Marquette were among those holding commencement ceremonies. More grads will pick up their diplomas next weekend, including at MSOE and MATC.

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Politics & Government
9:12 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Brooks and Dionne (Civilly) Take on Wisconsin's Place on the National Political Stage

Columnists David Brooks (left) and EJ Dionne, Jr.
Credit images courtesy of the authors

David Brooks and EJ Dionne disagree with each other – for a living. 

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Environment
5:19 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

How Do We Fight Emerald Ash Borer? Let Us Count the Ways

Todd James "helps" Emerald ash borer emerge in Riveredge Nature Center forest.

Earlier this week on Lake Effect, the U.S. Forest Service’s regional forester said that invasive species are one of the agency’s most significant issues today. One of them - Emerald ash borer (EAB) continues to spread throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

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