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12:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Snow Melt Impact on Wisconsin Rivers and Streams Yet to Unfold

Just when and how intensely snow melt will affect rivers and streams remains an unknown.
Credit Susan Bence

What’s up with this weather? Last spring was warm and the summer extremely dry. Although this year’s cold snap “appears” to have broken across Wisconsin, temperatures remain below normal, and our mounds of snow are only slowly shrinking.

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Politics & Government
12:57 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Lawmakers Question Changes to State Child Care Subsidy Program

Lawmakers wrapped up budget hearings Tuesday with a discussion about child care subsidies.
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One of the last issues the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee considered Tuesday as it wrapped up budget briefings was childcare. Lawmakers must decide what they think of Gov. Walker’s plans to alter the state’s payment system for providers and to combat fraud.

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Politics & Government
11:49 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Walker's Planned Memoir Indicates an Interest in Being President

Is Walker's book his next step toward running for President?
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Governor Walker obviously wants to run for President, according to UWM History Professor Glen Jeansonne. He’s been watching the governor travel the country, raising money and speaking to conservative audiences. Now that Walker will publish a book detailing his political experiences and ideology, there’s no question in the professor’s mind - the career politician wants the country to know about him.

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Politics & Government
11:46 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Students Reflect on the Same Sex Marriage Debate

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On California's Prop 8 And Defense Of Marriage Act.
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Lake Effect’s Amy Kiley discussed the Supreme Court hearings with two University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students, Johanna Beran and Baraq Stein.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments for and against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which the Obama Administration has declined to defend.  A ruling on DOMA could impact federal benefits for same-sex couples.  The Proposition 8 case before the court yesterday could have a broader impact.  The justices could use it to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage – though they signaled hesitation to issue such a broad determination.

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Economy & Business
9:39 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Caterpillar and Union Set to Start Negotiations in Early April

Caterpillar and union ready to bargain.
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In less than a week, contract negotiations will begin at Caterpillar in South Milwaukee. The talks will be the first since the company took over former Bucyrus International in 2010.

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