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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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Speedskating
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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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Collector's Souvenirs Recreate Historic Southern California

Swag based on the popular 19th-century novel "Ramona"
Credit Dydia DeLyser

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to a souvenir collection who takes things to the next level.

A souvenir is usually something someone brings back from somewhere they paid a visit. But what happens when the somewhere no longer exists? That's the question material culture contributor Gianofer Fields sought to answer in her latest "It's a Material World" segment.

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Arts & Culture
1:46 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Move Over, Bach - There's a Lot of New Classical Music to Hear

Yehuda Yannay, former composition professor from UWM
Credit Vimeo

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Yehuda Yannay.

At some point, all music is new. Bach was new in his day as was Beethoven. However, their “new” seems old and traditional to us. Throughout the 20th Century, classical music took a different turn; composers began writing atonal music and began using nontraditional instruments, such as wine glasses and radios. American-Israeli composer and performer, Yehuda Yannay, was well into his career in the late 20th Century, making him a contemporary of John Cage and Phillip Glass.

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Politics & Government
10:58 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Wisconsin Student Fights for Sequestration Compromise on Capitol Hill

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Alex Holland.

The sequestration deadline is today. Most lawmakers are at least uneasy about the across-the-board cuts totaling $85 billion, but negotiations to avoid them have been difficult. Democrats are reluctant to change entitlement programs. Republicans oppose new tax revenue.

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Economy & Business
10:36 am
Fri March 1, 2013

MATC Union Says Early Contract Will Deter Instructors from Retiring

Faculty contracts in place until Feb. of 2015.

Earlier this week, the MATC Board and its teachers union reached a new one-year contract – months ahead of schedule. The pact takes effect next February, when the existing three-year contract expires.

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Economy & Business
2:53 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

MATC and Union Sign New Contract - Months Earlier Than Usual

MATC contract features concessions and concerns.
Credit Dave Reid, Flickr

The MATC Board and its faculty union agreed to a new one-year contract this week, set to take effect in 2014, when their existing three-year pact expires.

What makes the deal noteworthy is the fact it happened months earlier than usual and while courts consider challenges to Act 10. That relatively new state law prohibits most public unions from negotiating for anything except limited pay increases.

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Health & Science
2:48 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Learning About Wisconsin's Health Care Exchange or Marketplace

T-minus 10 months

In 10 months, the Affordable Care Act moves into full force.

Kenneth Munson, regional director of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, says starting in October, Wisconsin residents can enroll in the state’s health insurance exchange or marketplace. Gov. Walker opted not to create it, so the federal government is doing the job.

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Mines
12:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

No Shortage of Discussion before Joint Finance Passes Mining Bill

Debate continues around mining bill as Joint Finance Committee votes
Credit P Rasmussen

Lawmakers hoping to usher in a rebirth of iron ore mining in Wisconsin – Monday stepped closer to that goal.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee advanced a mining bill to the full Assembly and Senate.

There was no magical “coming together” of the two distinctly divided parties during the debate at the Capitol.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

How to Make the Midwest an Organic Hub

Wisconsin's growing increasing amounts of organic food
Credit Organic Farming Research Foundation

Wisconsin is second only to California for the number of organic farms in operation. And over the last few days, LaCrosse has been overflowing with advocates for organic farming.

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