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The International Joint Commission - or IJC - was created by the Boundary Waters Treaty signed by the United States and Canada in 1909. The commission is tasked with preventing conflicts between the two countries' shared waters, including the Great Lakes.

Last week the IJC released a paper that lays out five action steps designed to assist the two countries as they coordinate efforts to keep Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) and other toxic flame retardants out of the Lakes.

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A new poll reveals that Wisconsin voters are still undecided before the Aug. 14 partisan primaries. Thirty percent of Republican primary voters and 38 percent of Democratic primary voters are still unsure who to vote for, according to the new Marquette Law School Poll.

Susan Bence

This evening the EPA is holding a meeting in Milwaukee.  It's one in a series around the Great Lakes designed to help the agency design Action Plan III of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, or GLRI.

The funding program came to life in 2009 during the Obama Administration. With the advent of the Trump Administration there were rumblings that GLRI would end. But the fund continues, having distributed nearly $3 billion.

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The full heat of summer is upon us. Most of us reach for a cold beer or cider if we want something alcoholic to help cool down.

But Lake Effect’s regular wine contributor Ray Fister says don’t ignore the fruits of the grape, and don't be afraid to try something new: 

Ray Fister is the co-creator and voice of the wine blog and podcast Life Between the Vines and the owner and engineer of 5th Floor Recording Company.

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Lake Effect recently covered the opening of the Inclusion Clinic by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin – the area’s first primary and preventive care clinic for the LGBTQ community. On the other end of the care spectrum is navigating the local, state, and federal aid systems you might need when you or your partner faces a disability later in life.

Laurie Benson, Co-Founder of Inacom Information Systems

Jul 17, 2018

Laurie Benson was trained as a nurse, but when she recognized in the early 1980s the impending importance of technology to businesses, she co-founded a tech startup.

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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson met with Wisconsin business executives Monday to discuss the impact of tariffs.

President Donald Trump imposed tariffs earlier this year because he said the United States was not getting a fair share with trading partners. In return, some countries have retaliated.

In a roundtable discussion in Milwaukee, dozens of representatives of manufacturing and agricultural operations told Johnson the tariffs have been a blow to their operations.

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There are more than 100 specialties in the field of medicine. However, few providers and clinics focus their care on the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer) community.

Essay: A Hero Among Us

Jul 16, 2018
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If you grew up watching public television, the ding of a trolley and ascending piano chords may take you back to the land of Make Believe and into the television home of Fred Rogers. Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood first aired in 1968 and aired first-run shows for more than 30 years.

Lake Effect essayist Linda Flashinski came to admire Mr. Rogers in the years her own children watched the television show. And when he passed away in 2003, Flashinski realized how her respect for the man turned into seeing him as a hero among us:

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The eight Democrats vying for the chance to take on Gov. Walker this fall shared the stage at UWM last week for their only broadcast debate, with just weeks to go until the Aug. 14 primary.

In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com what he found interesting about the discussion, and whether there was a clear winner.

Art Montes

If you always wanted to travel to Paris but haven’t made it around to booking that trip yet, the next best thing is happening this weekend right here in Milwaukee: Bastille Days! Every second weekend in July, Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square turns into a French festival featuring live music, food, wine and an international marketplace for vendors. Don’t miss your chance to snap a selfie in front of the mini version of the Eiffel Tower on display at the north end of the square – it may be the closest you ever get to the real thing!

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Lauren Sigfusson

If you do much walking through Milwaukee neighborhoods, say in the Historic Third Ward or Bay View, you’ve probably stumbled across vibrant schools of fish painted on the sidewalks.

They're koi, the large decorative fish some people keep in outdoor ponds.

I spotted a few of the paintings on the East Side, where several clusters of koi are depicted in orange, black and white patterns. 

Susan Bence

The Freshwater For Life Action Coalition, or FLAC, says it has information that amplifies concerns about Milwaukee's health department, and how the mayor's office has handled the problems.

FLAC wants the Common Council to dig deeper including by forcing the following people to testify before the Public Safety and Health Committee:

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The eight Democrats vying for the chance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker this fall made their cases to voters in their only broadcast debate Thursday night, with just weeks to go before the Aug. 14 primary.

Here’s a look at the eight Democratic candidates - in alphabetical order - in the Wisconsin governor race:

Tony Evers is the current Wisconsin State Superintendent and has been elected to the office three times.

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