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Environment
5:29 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Northwest Wisconsin Ripe For Wildfire

Area filled with dry tinder, some from 2011 windstorm. Charred landscape will stun visitors, foster new growth.
Credit DNR

Wildfire risks in Wisconsin

The big wildfire in northwest Wisconsin is contained. However, it has scorched 9,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings.

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Regional
3:33 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Police Officer who was Injured in Sikh Temple Shooting Plans to Retire

Lt. Brian Murphy was the first officer to respond to the temple shooting

Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy says he will retire from the force on June 12.

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Politics & Government
2:27 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Joint Finance Committee Actions Wednesday

Among items the Legislature's budget committee approved Wednesday:

-- Adding 61 positions to Dept. of Revenue to collect delinquent taxes (estimated at $1 billion)

-- Spending $2 million federal to set up private deer hunts

-- Reducing wolf hunting license fees from $100 to $47 (residents) and $500 to $249 (non-residents)

-- Relaxing Wisconsin's chronic wasting disease testing protocols and allowing elk importation

-- Assigning the Dept. of Revenue to manage unclaimed funds, removing that duty from state Treasurer

Environment
11:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

More Large Forest Fires Possible in Northern Wisconsin

Air quality problems expected downwind of wildfire in northwest Wisconsin
Credit Dept. of Natural Resources

Update: The big wildfire in northwest Wisconsin is contained. However, it has scorched 9,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings.

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Environment
11:40 am
Wed May 15, 2013

After Fires, What's On the Forest Service's Agenda?

Region 9 of the US Forest Service includes forests and tallgrass prairies in 20 states, including Wisconsin's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Credit US Forest Service

Regional Forester Kathleen Atkinson speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Wildfire season is already underway in Wisconsin's north woods, as fires rage and the region is under a Red Flag fire warning.  But fire danger is only one of several key issues attracting the attention of the US Forest Service's new regional forester.

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