Economy & Business
8:36 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Walker Looks to Change Rent-to-Own Rules

Gov. Walker's plan caps of the cost of renting at double the purchase price.

The rent-to-own industry has been working for years to change the way Wisconsin governs those shops. It now appears Gov. Walker is on board with change. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, he has included in his budget a provision bringing Wisconsin in line with most other states. His plan will certainly reignite a battle here between consumer advocates and an industry insisting it provides an option some shoppers need.

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12:49 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Bridie Farrell: "I Think the World Has Changed" Following Andy Gabel's Resignation

Bridie Farrell Skates in the American Cup Final in Utah
Mike Bernico

The fallout continues from speedskater Bridie Farrell accusations that she was sexually abused by a fellow skater fifteen years ago. On Lake Effect last week, Farrell came forward publicly for the first time with the story of her repeated abuse by fellow skater Andy Gabel, when she was 15 and he was 33. Gabel went on to medal in the Olympics, and later served as President of US Speedskating and on the board of the International Skating Union.

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10:48 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Leading Sports Journalist Chronicles US Speedskating's Turmoil

Short-track races may be chaotic, but a leading sports journalist says the chaos is even greater in the governance of speedskating in this country.
Credit Kaz Photography/Getty Images

 (An earlier version of this story and the current audio version includes an incorrect characterization of Gabel's statement. It initially and incorrectly read "Gabel's admission to sexual misconduct." Mr. Gabel admitted to a "brief, inappropriate relationship" with a fellow teammate.)

Former president of US Speedskating Andy Gabel’s admission of an "inappropriate relationship" with a fellow teammate more than a decade ago is just the latest chapter in a years-long saga of problems swirling around the sport in this country.

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12:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Could Proposed Iron Mine be Swallowed up in Court?

The Penokee region in far northern Wisconsin stands as a dramatic backdrop for a proposed iron ore operation; as debate follows the mining bill into the state Assembly this week
Credit Susan Bence

This week, Wisconsin’s divisive mining bill will hit the Assembly floor and its likely path to Gov. Walker’s desk.

Advocates celebrate the boost a mine could bring to a beleaguered economy. Critics maintain the environmental damage would outweigh the benefits.

It seems no matter where and when hearings have taken place, someone has uttered the word litigation or lawsuit. We explore the types of legal challenges Wisconsin will likely face, if workers begin digging to reach iron ore near Lake Superior, and depositing “the leftovers” nearby.

Democratic Senator Bob Jauch described the GOP-backed measure as a lawsuit waiting to happen. “The fact of the matter is that the only jobs this bill is going to create, is the attorneys who will take this bill to court as soon as one navigable stream or one navigable pond is filled,” Jauch says.

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12:26 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Exclusive Audio Interview: Speedskater Bridie Farrell Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse by Andy Gabel

Bridie Farrell and Andy Gabel, top row second and third from left, at training in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1997
Credit Bridie Farrell

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews speedskater Bridie Farrell.

This story has been updated as of Saturday, 3 PM.

Four-time Olympian and former head of U.S. Speedskating Andy Gabel has admitted to and apologized for what he calls "a brief, inappropriate relationship with a female teammate," according to an interview with the Chicago Tribune.

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