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Immigration Reform
11:56 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Wisconsin Professor: U.S. Needs Immigration Reform, Because People Will Continue Arriving Here

What might Congress eventually decide?

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators could soon reveal its immigration reform plan. For years, the issue of how to deal with people coming here illegally has languished in Washington. UW-Madison Political Scientist Ben Marquez says reform presents immense challenges because of the many variables involved.

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Regional
12:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Medical College Researcher Pleads Not Guilty to Two Federal Offenses

Federal prosecutors initially indicted 42-year-old Dr. Hua Jun Zhao for economic espionage. Now, they have leveled other charges against him - computer fraud and lying to an FBI agent. On Thursday, Zhao entered a plea of not guilty on each count.

Zhao was a researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Authorities had accused him of stealing three vials of a possible cancer-fighting compound and academic research from the college, intending to pass off the items in China as his work.

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Arts & Culture
6:15 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Don't Touch? Not at This Museum

The Wildernest at the Madison Children's Museum offers young kids a hands-on museum experience.
Credit Courtesy of The Design Coalition

How do you design a museum that's eco- and kid-friendly?

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Education
2:25 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Think You Know the Rosa Parks Story? Think Again, Says a New Book

Rosa Parks, being booked after her refusal to move her seat on a Montgomery bus

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Jeanne Theoharis.

Many of us know that Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks refused to give up a seat on a municipal bus in Montgomery, Alabama – an incident that resulted in her arrest and sparked a year-long boycott of the bus system there.

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Economy & Business
9:54 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Walker Proposes Changes to State Laws Governing Foreign Land Sale

Gov. Walker has proposed lifting the cap on the amount of land foreigners and corporations are allowed to purchase.
Credit flickr.com/sawmillsergio

Wisconsin may soon allow foreign investors to purchase large parcels of land here. For more than 100 years, the state has limited foreign interests from owning more than 640 acres. However, Governor Walker’s proposed budget removes the cap, including for corporations. The Wisconsin Realtors Association asked for the change, according to spokesman Thomas Larson.

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

A Symphony of Musical Cars? UWM Student Uses Unique Technology for New Compositions

Sebastian Valenzuela, native of Chile and second year music composition and technology student at UWM.
Credit Valeria Lopez

Lake Effect's Eleanor Peterson interviews University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate student Sebastian Valenzuela.

Twentieth century composers, like John Cage, experimented with different objects in order to create new sounds and new music. Sebastian Valenzuela, a second year music composition and technology student at UW-Milwaukee, is following along those lines to create fresh music in the new millennium.

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Mines
12:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Can Art Sway Opinion About Proposed Mine?

Impressions of the Penokees will visit Milwaukee.
Credit Susan Bence

Groups of state residents continue pushing against an iron-ore mine in northern Wisconsin, even though Gov. Walker has put the wheels in motion. The new permitting law he signed has prompted the company Gogebic Taconite to begin the application process.

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Wis. Conservation Congress Links Public, DNR on Preserving Environment

Wisconsin Dells, one of the many beautiful places in Wisconsin
Credit Susan Bence

On Monday evening, April 8, the auditorium of Nathan Hale High School in West Allis will open its doors not for a spring recital or a student debate, but to the annual public meeting of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

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Environment
12:37 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Groups Concerned About Pipeline Repairs in Jackson Marsh Conducted Without Permit

Map of the Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Environmental groups are concerned about a project underway in Washington County at the Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area. A company has begun preparing the site, so workers can excavate and repair a degraded fuel pipeline. However, the firm has not yet obtained the required state permit.

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Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Almost a Pianist, Virtuoso Guitarist Pierre Bensusan Impresses with Signature Style

Virtuoso guitarist Pierre Bensusan
Credit Pierre Bensusan

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews musician Pierre Bensusan.

For a virtuosic guitarist, Pierre Bensusan almost ended up a piano player. He started his formal music study in piano at the age of seven, not long after his family moved from his native Algeria to Paris.

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