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2:31 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Why Are We So Fascinated With the Apocalypse?

Theologian Elaine Pagels
Credit Jerry Bauer

Listen to Mitch Teich's interview with Elaine Pagels, recorded on stage at MPL's Centennial Hall.

A massive tornado sweeps through an Oklahoma suburb.  A bomb causes mayhem at the Boston Marathon.  A gunman kills children at an elementary school, while another kills worshippers at a Sikh temple.  They’re all tragedies.  For some adherents to the bible’s New Testament, they are indications of a world moving in an apocalyptic direction.

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Politics & Government
11:53 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Budget Committee Puts Off Votes on Governor's Voucher and Charter Plans

Republican leaders not yet in agreement on school issues

GOP lawmakers and Gov. Walker don't yet see eye-to-eye on expanding Wisconsin's school Choice or voucher program and creating a charter school board, so the Legislature's budget committee has delayed action on the items.

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Politics & Government
10:36 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Wisconsin Weighs In on Drones

Tech students in Madison develop drones
Credit Madison Area Technical College

While the U.S. debates the use of drones for military purposes, a bipartisan group of Wisconsin legislators is proposing rules for civilian and police use here. A committee is gathering public input Wednesday.

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Education
10:18 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Joint Finance Committee Delays Vote on Special Needs Vouchers

Aaron and Sandy Krause are proponents of the special needs vouchers. Aaron has autism, and says he’s been able to perform much better in a small, private school than in a public school
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

The Joint Committee on Finance was expected to vote on the school vouchers on Wednesday; however, lawmakers adjourned without taking action on the item.

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Politics & Government
8:54 am
Wed May 29, 2013

State Law Would Make Banks Monitor Some Private Accounts

State officials could check the bank accounts of unemployed people, under a proposal in the state legislature.

The law would also require financial institutions  that do business with the state to monitor unemployed people's accounts. Banks and credit unions would be required to report overpayments due to error and disclose information about people who owe money to the unemployment system.

The Joint Finance Committee recently approved a provision in the Governor's budget that would force the unemployed to apply for four jobs a week, rather than two, to retain benefits.

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