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4:48 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Gov. Walker Signs Work-Share Program

Gov. Walker signed into law on Friday, a measure allowing employers to reduce workers' hours, rather than laying them off, when business is slow.

Under the new law, workers could receive state unemployment benefits, for the hours lost. Employers would have to continue providing health insurance coverage and retirement plans.

According to the governor, the work-share program could save the state's unemployment reserve fund nearly five million dollars. He says 24 other states operate similar programs.

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Politics & Government
4:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Gov. Walker's Health Care Plan May Cost $73M More Than Expected

New numbers regarding Medicaid eligibility changes in Wisconsin

In February, when Walker administration outlined its plan to change the Medicaid program in Wisconsin, it estimated the additional cost at $664 million during the next two-year state budget.

Now, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau puts the likely total at $734 million.

The administration rejected federal money to expand the state's Medicaid offerings, so that it covered all people living at up to 130% of the poverty level. The governor's plan, is to cover all households with incomes up to 100% of the poverty line, and then move the others into the federal marketplace.

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Sports
3:31 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Speedskating Board to Consider Proposal to Remove Andy Gabel from Hall of Fame

Speedskater Bridie Farrell came forward with her story of sexual abuse in February.
Credit Courtesy of Bridie Farrell

The board of directors of US Speedskating is meeting this weekend in Salt Lake City, as a report has surfaced about another investigation into sexual misconduct by Olympic skater Andy Gabel.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Whitewater Family Time-Travels Back to 19th-Century Immigrant Farm

(l-r) Period Clothing Coordinator Rachel Neubauer and Curator of Interpretation Jennifer Van Haaften show Amy and Ashley Ziolkowski a corset style they can opt to wear.
Stephanie Lecci

  In today's fast-paced, technology-dependent world, have you ever found yourself wanting to go back to a simpler time, perhaps romanticizing what it would be like to live on a farm, making your own food, like our early pioneer settlers did?

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Arts & Culture
12:47 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Foucault Leads Musical "Cavalcade"

Jeffrey Foucault (front) with Cold Satellite in Zurich, CH
Credit Toshimi Ogasawara

Wisconsin-born singer/songwriter Jeffrey Foucault is back in his home state this week. Foucault and his band, Cold Satellite, played a show at Shank Hall in Milwaukee last night, and will play the Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson tonight.

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Environment
12:31 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Mining Company Scales Back Plan to Dig Test Holes

Mining company wants to drill 8 holes in the Penokee Hills to learn more about its rock and water table

The DNR must have raised questions about five locations where Gogebic Taconite wanted to dig test holes in northern Wisconsin. State inspectors visited the sites this week, after the company submitted an application to do the work.  Now G-Tac has submitted a new application with the State of Wisconsin, asking for DNR approval to dig eight holes instead of 13.

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Environment
12:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Report: Tight Budgets Shouldn't Derail Great Lakes Research

Zebra mussels on a current meter in Lake Michigan
Credit U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A new report offers a mixed review of the state of the health of the Great Lakes.

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Environment
6:37 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Resilient Ecosystems Should Rebound After Wildfire

Jane Anklam doesn't rule out one day seeing the federally endangered Kirtland's Warbler on the currently fire-swept northwest Wisconsin landscape.
Credit Robert Royse

We continue to learn more about the colossal wildfire that swept across more than 8,000 acres in northwest Wisconsin.

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Politics & Government
5:58 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Most People Pan Idea of Lower Blood Alcohol Standard

Credit photos.com

There has been talk this week of lowering the blood alcohol threshold for drunken driving from .08 to .05.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Opposition to Open Pit Mine Focuses on Civil Disobedience

Many have protested the proposed iron ore mine

Debate over a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin seems to have died down a bit. Yet, players on both sides are positioning themselves. Within the last few weeks, the company Gogebic Taconite applied for an exploratory license, while an anti-mining group opened an office in Ashland to monitor developments. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, that’s not where things end – at least for mine opponents.They’ll stage a workshop in northern Wisconsin this weekend,on civil disobedience.

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