2:58 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

What Parents Want in Afterschool Programs

A new report details what parents look for in afterschool programs for their kids.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Anneliese Dickman of the Public Policy Forum on afterschool programs.

A new report says convenience trumps quality for parents when it comes to picking an afterschool program.

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12:47 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Student Debt from 4-Year Colleges in Wisconsin Among Highest in the Nation

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Wisconsin ranked 16th in the nation for highest average debt among students who graduated from a 4-year college in 2011, according to a study released by the Institute for College Access and Success.
According to a new report, the burden of student debt shouldered by students of four-year colleges in Wisconsin is among the highest in the nation. In the study of both public and private universities, Wisconsin ranked 16th in average student debt, $26,238, and 10th in the proportion of students graduating with outstanding loans, 67%.
Politics & Government
11:52 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Committee Approves Work Rules for Food Benefits


The Legislature's budget committee has concurred with Gov. Walker, to require able-bodied adults to either work or attend job training sessions, in order to receive food share benefits.

The requirement would pertain to adults with no children and with incomes up to 200% of the poverty level (approx. $23,000 per individual), and demand 20 hours per week of working or training.

Those who don't meet the requirement, could only receive food 'stamps' for three months every three years.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Essay: Here Comes Hammock Season

The humble hammock swings in the summer season.
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Essayist Richard Hedderman offers his thoughts on the virtues of hammocks.

The humble hammock, harbinger of summertime, has a long history.

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Arts & Culture
11:13 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Finding the Poetry in Pong and Pac-Man

Poetry inspired by the video games of the '80s
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews poet B.J. Best about his newest collection.

If you’re a listener of a certain age, you probably recognize the title of poet B.J. Best’s new collection of prose poetry called But Our Princess is in Another Castle.

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