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Environment
12:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Urban Park Designed to Blend Exploration and Education

The first step in creating a combination urban park - science classroom in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley took place Thursday.

Shovels will meet the dirt on property that once was a rail yard, and later became a dumping ground.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence learned a great deal of groundwork has gone into the multimillion dollar project, as partners work to blend exploration and education.

Some people HAVE discovered the Menomonee Valley.

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Wolf
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Mixing Dogs with Wolves

Humane societies hope to bring down Wisconsin's first wolf hunt.

A group of humane societies will have their day in court Wednesday as they attempt to put a stop to Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt.

It is scheduled to begin October 15. Advocates of the hunt say it’s an appropriate mechanism to control wolves that attack livestock and pets.

The new law allows hunters to use dogs to track and trail wolves.

Those seeking an injunction say confrontations between wolves and dogs could result in the inhumane death of dogs.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Milwaukee's "Green Team" Looks for Input

Residents share thoughts with City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability's Erick Shambarger
Credit Amy Heart

The City of Milwaukee is accumulating “symbols” of sustainability, like the wind turbine sweeping the sky near Lake Michigan, the electric vehicle charging stations being installed around town, and incentive programs underway to encourage businesses and homeowners to create less waste and conserve more energy.

Now, the city’s Office of Sustainability has thrown itself – along with a volunteer committee called the Green Team – into a comprehensive citywide sustainability planning process.

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Arts & Culture
5:40 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Tuesday Night Lights

Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha
Adam Carr

In Wisconsin, there is a historic sports venue that has been home to world champion athletes for decades. It’s a public space, and generations of fans have had the chance to brush shoulders with their idols, in the dreams that one day, they too, may take center stage. But if you were thinking we were describing Lambeau Field, your guess is about 150 miles too far north. Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich travels south to bring us the story.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Assessing Climate Change's Impact on the Great Lakes

Click to Enlarge PhotoAtmospheric scientist Paul Roebber is about to become Associate Dean for Academics for the School of Freshwater Sciences. Dr. Roebber studies the impact of climate change on Great Lakes' water levels.
Credit Susan Bence

More than a century ago, the Boundary Waters Treaty established an advisory group made up of representatives from the United States and Canada. Called the International Joint Commission, its charge is to attempt to prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the waters shared by the two countries.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

A Grand Experiment - Bolster Small Growers to Deliver Fresh Produce to Food Desert

Farmer Brigid McGeehan prepares the shared hoop house for first planting
Susan Bence

“Access to fresh food” has become a trendy phrase.

First Lady Michelle Obama has taken it up for the sake of children’s health.

Foodies cannot get enough of it.

A farmers market in Milwaukee has been working quietly at bringing affordable fresh produce to neighborhoods where little is available.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited its satellite project where small-scale farmers till the land side by side.

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Civil War
2:46 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Groveton Begins Second Bull Run

It was the so-called "Black Hats" of Gen. Rufus King's division that battled at Brawner Farm. King himself was a prominent Wisconsinite and three Wisconsin regiments fought there.

Next Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the start of one of the biggest battles of the American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run, otherwise known as Second Manassas. Many know of this enormous battle, but few know the story about the fight that started it - or the prominent role Wisconsinites played in it.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
2:31 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Family Members of Temple Victims Discuss First Lady's Visit

Amardeep and Pardeep Kaleka at the WUWM studios.

Family members of the people killed and injured in the Sikh temple tragedy received First Lady Michelle Obama’s condolences Thursday. Mrs. Obama met with the families in Oak Creek, after appearing at a campaign stop in Milwaukee.

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Regional
9:08 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Wauwatosa Embarks on Its Largest Ever Public Works Project

Wauwatosa Block Looking East

The landscape is now barren in front of dozens of Wauwatosa homes.

In June, their city launched its largest public improvements project ever, and it entails cutting down trees. Wauwatosa is replacing miles of aging sewer pipes, in hopes of ending basement back-ups.

While some residents are thrilled, we found others wondering if the cure is worse than the problem.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

A Beloved Machine Goes on the Fritz

Contributor Gianofer Fields' beloved washer is on the fritz - here's its "brain" in the capable hands of repairman John.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews the repairman who has come to save her washer.

Material culture explores why objects have meaning to us. For our contributor, it's because it does her wash.

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