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11:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

More Large Forest Fires Possible in Northern Wisconsin

Air quality problems expected downwind of wildfire in northwest Wisconsin
Credit Dept. of Natural Resources

Update: The big wildfire in northwest Wisconsin is contained. However, it has scorched 9,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings.

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Environment
11:40 am
Wed May 15, 2013

After Fires, What's On the Forest Service's Agenda?

Region 9 of the US Forest Service includes forests and tallgrass prairies in 20 states, including Wisconsin's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Credit US Forest Service

Regional Forester Kathleen Atkinson speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Wildfire season is already underway in Wisconsin's north woods, as fires rage and the region is under a Red Flag fire warning.  But fire danger is only one of several key issues attracting the attention of the US Forest Service's new regional forester.

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Health & Science
11:18 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Three Ethical Questions Posed by Genome Sequencing

A-, B- and Z-DNA.
Credit Richard Wheeler

Kimberly Strong chats with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Actress Angelina Jolie announced yesterday that she’s had a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carries a genetic mutation that puts her at high risk for developing breast cancer.

That announcement has, for many, rekindled a dilemma about how much information we want to know about our genome, and what do with that information once it’s in hand. 

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Health & Science
9:10 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Seasonal Allergies Begin Late, but Still Pack a Punch

The tree pollen in the air is causing many people to suffer, with frequent sneezes, itchy eyes and other unpleasant symptoms
Credit Photos.com

Does it seem a lot of people around you have suddenly come down with a sore throat or cough? The likely culprit is trees – tree pollen, to be specific.

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Environment
8:26 am
Wed May 15, 2013

High Winds Knock Out Power

Downed tree limb in Wauwatosa.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

A windstorm that blew through the area last night dropped tree limbs and caused power outages for up to 18,000 customers in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Dodge counties.

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