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The bird flu is wreaking damage in the Midwest, particularly at poultry farms. 

For example, in Iowa, the avian flu has claimed more than five million chickens.

Here in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency. According to the state's agriculture department, poultry farmers have had to destroy more than 300,000 birds.

Raechelle Cline wants to make one thing clear: the avian flu has no impact on public health.

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From The Botany of Desire to The Joy of Cooking to Kitchen Confidential, books about food fill our bookshelves - if not literally our stomachs.

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Wisconsin is home to a great many world class artists. Among those are the photographers Julie Lindemann and John Shimon, both of whom were born in the state and have made it their professional home.

The two are a couple personally and professionally, and are known as J. Shimon & J. Lindemann.

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Sometimes less is better. The simplicity of life. The Jesuits for example embrace the thought in their spiritual journey. It clears the clutter and helps one focus on the heart of the matter. Maybe St. Ignatius was thinking old school baseball when he came up with the idea. He certainly would have enjoyed himself this past weekend at Henry Aaron Field.

I’m talking Panther pride. UW-Milwaukee’s 3 game sweep of the Youngstown State Penguins.

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Dr. Marc Gorelick didn’t set out to make an environmental statement. He simply wants to set aside a few acres of green space for sick kids to find peace and quiet. 

Those acres just happen to be part of a contested piece of the Milwaukee County Grounds.

People have rallied behind different causes erupting around the public land.

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Wisconsin is one step closer to eliminating its 48-hour waiting period to get a handgun.

Senate Republicans approved the bill on Tuesday, not buying Democrats’ warning that the change could lead to more violence. Deadly shootings have skyrocketed in Milwaukee in recent weeks.

Wisconsin’s 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases has been in place for four decades.

But Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard says the requirement is outdated because the state can now conduct background checks in a matter of hours.

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Milwaukee is in the midst of a violent spring. The number of murders is up significantly from this point a year ago, and non-fatal shootings have been front page news as children are hit by stray gunfire.

Recently, a sharp increase in violence has galvanized Milwaukee communities to look for solutions. Another perennial hot button topic in the city is racism, and the segregation it often causes.

It’s a topic Jennifer Morales knows well. Morales lived in Milwaukee for more than 20 years. It is where she raised her family, and where she was the first Hispanic to serve on the Milwaukee School Board.

Listen To Your Mother

Five years go, a Madison woman created a spoken word event to celebrate motherhood. That event, called Listen To Your Mother, drew such interest that it spawned events in cities around the country, and has also resulted in a book, bringing together some of the most compelling essays from the series.  

"We look for the beautiful unifying thread of motherhood. Under the umbrella of motherhood, we can all understand each other so much better," says coordinator Alexandra Rosas.

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The 45th commemoration of Earth Day is tomorrow, and all week we’re spotlighting some Wisconsinites and Wisconsin work linked to the environment and sustainability.

Last week, the Wisconsin DNR named a Muskego company as the latest Wisconsin business to attain so-called Green Tier status. But that designation is only the latest manifestation of a larger green strategy for InPro Corporation, which makes building products.

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