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4:47 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Two Legislative Committees Grill WEDC

Legislators are looking into a variety of ways to rein in the economic agency, in the wake of a scathing report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau
Credit flickr/alumroot

Two legislative panels sunk their teeth into the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. on Thursday. A state audit has revealed evidence that WEDC gave taxpayer money to ineligible recipients and did not properly track loans and grants.

The Joint Finance committee voted to give WEDC $59M in the 2013-14 state budget but nothing in 2014-15 unless it improves.

The Joint Audit committee grilled WEDC executives for more than four hours.

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Student debt
3:02 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Graduating into Debt

Bethany Cressey, Lyla Goerl, Sarah Johnson with Aiden & Marissa Mielke plan their next steps
Credit Faith Lenard

May is a watershed month for graduating college students. Another will approach in six months, when those entering the work world must begin repaying student loans.

Americans carry more student debt than credit card debt, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The UW System calculates the average undergraduate debt at more than $30,000.

Three UWM seniors realize they owe, although none seems sure of how much.

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Essay
12:22 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The Best Prom I Never Had

Essayist Grace Gunderson

Essayist Grace Gunderson is a soon-to-be senior majoring in creative writing at Beloit College.  Gunderson, who is from Minnesota, has been studying this semester at the University of East Anglia in the UK. 

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Arts & Culture
12:17 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Milwaukee's Roller Derby Scene Is a Hit

The Shevil Knevils is just one of several roller derby teams with the Brew City Bruisers.
Credit Brew City Bruisers

Tomorrow evening at Milwaukee’s US Cellular Arena, the Brew City Bruisers will take to the rink for their last home roller derby bout of the season.

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Regional
12:12 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

What Do Your Mother's Day Flowers Mean?

One of world renowned floral designer Michael Gaffney's designs
Credit Michael Gaffney

Floriography is the language of flowers. Blossoms can have multiple or varied meanings, but some represent prevalent customs.

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