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Environment
12:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Report: Tight Budgets Shouldn't Derail Great Lakes Research

Zebra mussels on a current meter in Lake Michigan
Credit U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews John Nevin of the International Joint Commission.

A new report offers a mixed review of the state of the health of the Great Lakes.

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Environment
6:37 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Resilient Ecosystems Should Rebound After Wildfire

Jane Anklam doesn't rule out one day seeing the federally endangered Kirtland's Warbler on the currently fire-swept northwest Wisconsin landscape.
Credit Robert Royse

We continue to learn more about the colossal wildfire that swept across more than 8,000 acres in northwest Wisconsin.

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Politics & Government
5:58 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Most People Pan Idea of Lower Blood Alcohol Standard

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There has been talk this week of lowering the blood alcohol threshold for drunken driving from .08 to .05.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Opposition to Open Pit Mine Focuses on Civil Disobedience

Many have protested the proposed iron ore mine

Debate over a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin seems to have died down a bit. Yet, players on both sides are positioning themselves. Within the last few weeks, the company Gogebic Taconite applied for an exploratory license, while an anti-mining group opened an office in Ashland to monitor developments. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, that’s not where things end – at least for mine opponents.They’ll stage a workshop in northern Wisconsin this weekend,on civil disobedience.

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Environment
4:14 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Wisconsin Wildfire Update: Logging Equipment Sparked Blaze

Burning in the Town of Gordon
Credit DNR

Fire crews have contained the huge wildfire in northwest Wisconsin, and are now extinguishing hot spots that erupt. According to the DNR, 8,131 acres burned.

Investigators have concluded that a logging machine started the blaze.  Workers were harvesting timber, when the operator of a piece of equipment noticed smoke coming from the cutting head of his machine. He used an extinguisher to try to douse the fire, while co-workers called 911.

The Douglas County District Attorney is recommending that no criminal charges be filed.

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