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12:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Republicans Put Forward Another Mining Bill

Penokee wetlands
Credit P Rasmussen

Just hours after Gov. Walker said his agenda includes rewriting Wisconsin's mining laws, Republican legislators introduced a slightly-reworked mining bill. Most of it is similar to the plan the Senate rejected by one vote last year.

New GOP Senator Tom Tiffany touted the new plan as one that would enable the state to create thousands of new jobs without weakening environmental standards.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Facing Wildly Fluctuating Weather Challenges - An Apple Orchard Story

Chores don't end after a bad yield, even in the middle of winter; Deidre Birmingham has lots of pruning to do.
Credit Susan Bence

Later Tuesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council will release a map ranking the states for extreme weather conditions over the last year.

We’ve already learned that Wisconsin is in the top ten because of the summer drought.

That is no surprise to many residents – from farmers to scientists.

We begin a series of stories on how people here intend to cope with increasingly erratic weather.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence takes us first to an apple orchard in southwestern Wisconsin.

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Economy & Business
12:41 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

With Golden Guernsey's Bankruptcy, Is Wisconsin Losing Its Dairy Dominance?

A dairy policy analyst explains what impact the closure of the Golden Guernsey plant will have on Wisconsin's dairy industry.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Mark Stephenson, the director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Many school systems in the Milwaukee area had to scramble last week to find a new milk supplier and 100 workers are looking for jobs after the sudden closure of the Golden Guernsey dairy plant. The 83-year-old milk producer went on to announce that it is filing for bankruptcy protection.

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Regional
12:38 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Lobbyists Will Urge Wisconsin Legislators to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Advocates of legalized medical marijuana are planning to approach Wisconsin legislators on Wednesday, to urge them to pass a bill allowing patients to use the drug to allay physical discomforts.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor of Madison intends to sponsor such legislation, taking over from predecessor, now Congressman Mark Pocan.

Supporters of legalization are calling their planned efforts for Wednesday, Medical Cannabis Lobby Day.

Regional
12:13 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Three Pop-Up Dinners You Should Know About

The Sensorium Gallery was the site of the city's latest pop-up dinner featuring the culinary creations of two renowned chefs.
Credit Kyle Cherek

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews “Wisconsin Foodie” host and Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek.

Tucked away above the Starbucks on Water Street is the Sensorium Gallery. It’s an art gallery and the workspace of designers and artists Neille Hoffman and Ken Kornacki.

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Mines
12:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Can Mining Be Environ-friendly? A Geological Perspective

The Penokees serve as outdoor classroom for Northland College geoscience professor Tom Fitz's students.
Credit T Fitz

Multiple forces are colliding as the Legislature again grapples with Wisconsin’s mining standards.

A resolution cannot come soon enough for people hungry for the jobs a new iron-ore mine in northern Wisconsin could create.

The complexity of generating work and protecting the environment is not lost on Tom Fitz.

He teaches geosciences at Northland College – a short drive from the potential mine in the Penokee Hills.

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Colorado's Renewable Energy Economy Offers Model for Wisconsin

Should Wisconsin pursue more domestic renewable energy sources, like the wind turbine at the Port of Milwaukee?
Credit Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability

The Port of Milwaukee announced this week that the wind turbine that supplies energy to the port’s administration building has been paying dividends to the city. In less than a year of operation, the turbine shifted electrical costs at the port by almost $15,000 dollars. In fact, the electrical utility actually paid the port for the surplus energy it produced.

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Mines
12:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Ojibwe Tribe Travels South to Fight Proposed Mine

People from around the state gathered at a Milwaukee south side church in solidarity with the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to block a proposed iron mining operation at the tribe's doorstep.
Credit Susan Bence

A church on Milwaukee’s near south side nearly burst at its seams Tuesday evening as people gathered to talk about mining.

Leaders from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe lead the event in hopes of rallying support to block a proposed mine near their reservation.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence attended the meeting and joined Bob Bach in the studio to share some of what she saw.

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Mines
12:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Tribal Leaders Oppose Proposed Iron Ore Mine

Bad River Band chairman Mike Wiggins addressed a filled-to-the-brim south side church Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
Credit Susan Bence

A report in yesterday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel indicates Republican legislative leaders in Wisconsin plan to introduce new legislation to streamline the permit process for mining in Wisconsin. New assembly speaker Robin Vos said such legislation could come as early as next week.

A similar bill – AB426 - was defeated in the state senate this year, but Vos and other Republican leaders are optimistic that with revisions, such a bill would see passage - which could pave the way for a new iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.

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Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

'Prairie Silence' Reconciles Small Town Life and Coming Out

Coming out leaves a small-town expat with a lot to say and an inability to say it. (Author Melanie Hoffert)

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Melanie Hoffert.

The appeal of small town living to some is the very thing that drives other people away – the very close connections to your neighbors. That is, while the sense of community can be very strong, it is also difficult to live with a secret when everyone knows everyone else.

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