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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.

Politics & Government
8:37 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Talks Over Private School Choice Expansion Deadlocked

An effort to strike a compromise on a Walker administration plan to expand private school choice has hit a roadblock.

A state Senate leader says talks designed to strike a compromise on Gov. Scott Walker's  private school choice expansion plan have reached an impasse.

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Economy & Business
3:34 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Driving Down the Convertible's Memory Lane

Volkswagon Beetle convertible
Credit Miguel Mendez/Wikimedia

Lake Effect's Dan Harmon interviews auto contributor Mark Savage about convertibles.

It's been a long road for the convertible since it's hey-day.

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Politics & Government
2:29 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Before Boston, Another Manhunt Captivated the Nation

Jason McVean and Alan Pilon were suspects in the shooting death of a Colorado police officer in 1998.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Dan Schultz about a 1998 manhunt in the West.

In last month’s manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, many analysts – including some on NPR – termed it unprecedented in recent history. Certainly, the search, which effectively shut down much of the Boston area on Friday, was massive in scale.

But writer Dan Schultz says unprecedented is the wrong word.

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