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2:39 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Milwaukee Rotary Marks 100 Years, Looks to Next Century

An aerial view of the future Rotary Centennial Arboretum.
Credit Rotary Club of Milwaukee

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee is celebrating its centennial anniversary this month.  The local branch of the service organization was founded just eight years after the international organization was begun, making it one of the longest operating chapters in the world.

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Books
2:31 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Why Are We So Fascinated With the Apocalypse?

Theologian Elaine Pagels
Credit Jerry Bauer

A massive tornado sweeps through an Oklahoma suburb.  A bomb causes mayhem at the Boston Marathon.  A gunman kills children at an elementary school, while another kills worshippers at a Sikh temple.  They’re all tragedies.  For some adherents to the bible’s New Testament, they are indications of a world moving in an apocalyptic direction.

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Politics & Government
11:53 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Budget Committee Puts Off Votes on Governor's Voucher and Charter Plans

Republican leaders not yet in agreement on school issues

GOP lawmakers and Gov. Walker don't yet see eye-to-eye on expanding Wisconsin's school Choice or voucher program and creating a charter school board, so the Legislature's budget committee has delayed action on the items.

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Politics & Government
10:36 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Wisconsin Weighs In on Drones

Tech students in Madison develop drones
Credit Madison Area Technical College

While the U.S. debates the use of drones for military purposes, a bipartisan group of Wisconsin legislators is proposing rules for civilian and police use here. A committee is gathering public input Wednesday.

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Education
10:18 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Joint Finance Committee Delays Vote on Special Needs Vouchers

Aaron and Sandy Krause are proponents of the special needs vouchers. Aaron has autism, and says he’s been able to perform much better in a small, private school than in a public school
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

The Joint Committee on Finance was expected to vote on the school vouchers on Wednesday; however, lawmakers adjourned without taking action on the item.

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Politics & Government
8:54 am
Wed May 29, 2013

State Law Would Make Banks Monitor Some Private Accounts

State officials could check the bank accounts of unemployed people, under a proposal in the state legislature.

The law would also require financial institutions  that do business with the state to monitor unemployed people's accounts. Banks and credit unions would be required to report overpayments due to error and disclose information about people who owe money to the unemployment system.

The Joint Finance Committee recently approved a provision in the Governor's budget that would force the unemployed to apply for four jobs a week, rather than two, to retain benefits.

Politics & Government
8:37 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Talks Over Private School Choice Expansion Deadlocked

An effort to strike a compromise on a Walker administration plan to expand private school choice has hit a roadblock.

A state Senate leader says talks designed to strike a compromise on Gov. Scott Walker's  private school choice expansion plan have reached an impasse.

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Economy & Business
3:34 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Driving Down the Convertible's Memory Lane

Volkswagon Beetle convertible
Credit Miguel Mendez/Wikimedia

It's been a long road for the convertible since it's hey-day.

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Politics & Government
2:29 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Before Boston, Another Manhunt Captivated the Nation

Jason McVean and Alan Pilon were suspects in the shooting death of a Colorado police officer in 1998.
Credit Public Domain

In last month’s manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, many analysts – including some on NPR – termed it unprecedented in recent history. Certainly, the search, which effectively shut down much of the Boston area on Friday, was massive in scale.

But writer Dan Schultz says unprecedented is the wrong word.

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Politics & Government
1:17 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Elections Plan Would Limit Recalls, Allow Corporate Campaign Donations

Low-income voters would not need a photo ID, under Rep. Jeff Stone's plan

Assemblyman Jeff Stone is seeking co-sponsors for his plan to enact major election rule changes in Wisconsin.

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