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Drought
2:05 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Study: Midwest Drought Onset Faster Than First Thought

Farmers in the Midwest struggled through an extended drought this season, that researchers now say came on quicker than previously thought.
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New research shows how quickly and dramatically plants in Wisconsin came under stress this year. 

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the drought that has afflicted much of the United States this year has been the most severe in at least 25 years. But the federal agency wants to do more than simply report the bad news.

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Regional
1:54 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Some Children are Familiar with the Sound of Gunfire

A child's sense of security may be shattered when he or she is exposed to violence.

While the U.S. hopes it never again suffers a mass shooting like last Friday’s in Connecticut, violence is all too common for some children.

Kids in certain Milwaukee neighborhoods are familiar with the sound of gunfire, and with losing people they love.

WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl sat down to talk with several students here, who have lived amid violence.

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Regional
9:23 am
Tue December 18, 2012

CEO Hopes Northwestern Mutual's New Skyscraper Will Have 'Iconic' Design

Northwestern Mutual will replace its old building at Cass and Mason with a new skyscraper set to be built by 2017.
Credit Jeramey Jannene

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Reporters Sean Ryan and Stacy Vogel Davis.

The Milwaukee business world is still buzzing over this month's announcement that Northwestern Mutual plans to build a new skyscraper downtown and greatly expand its presence in its home city.

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World
8:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

What's it Like, Living at Sea? Captain of Last International Ship to Leave Milwaukee, Shares His Sto

ederal EMS freighter at the Port of Milwaukee

The Port of Milwaukee bid farewell this month, to its final international visitor of the season.

The ship “Federal EMS” deposited a load of steel and then hurried off to other Great Lakes ports – needing to pass through the St. Lawrence Seaway before it closes for winter.

Before the ocean-going vessel departed, I visited Captain, Andrzej Lasota to learn about life at sea.

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Environment
1:02 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Trouble in Paradise - Town of Jackson Still Faces Uncertain Water Future

The Bishop's farm was placed within the drinking water advisory area back in July.

Five months ago Monday, a gasoline pipeline ruptured outside of West Bend and turned life in a small nearby community upside down.

More than 50,000 gallons spilled onto a farm field in the Town of Jackson, seeped underground and contaminated wells.

As the town grapples with finding a long-term solution to their water problem, WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited a couple anxiously hoping for light at the end of the tunnel.

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