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Environment
12:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

New Wetlands Rules Begin To Roll Out

Advocates wonder - will wetlands survive new permitting system
Credit Susan Bence

Last spring, Governor Walker signed a new wetlands bill into law.

Supporters consider it a “job creator” because it allows developers to build on wetlands, as long as they create a substitute somewhere else.

Although the law took effect on July 1, the DNR is gradually implementing the provisions.

Tuesday, the agency will hold an informational hearing on the new “general” permit, designed to accommodate small projects.

In the past, Wisconsin asked developers to minimize harm to wetlands and mitigate any damaged caused.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Lions & Tigers, But No Bears: A Trip to Wisconsin's Big Cat Rescue

The Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue staff and volunteers care for more than 30 lions, tigers and leopards.
Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields takes us to the Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue.

What happens to animals are discarded like objects that no longer entertain?

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Couture's Fate May Be In Public Trust's Hands

44-story high rise's proposed foundation is under debate.
Credit Susan Bence

The Milwaukee County Board could advance talks Thursday about replacing the downtown transit center with a 44-story hotel and apartment complex.

The property is located just steps from Discovery World and Lake Michigan.

A local developer is interested in building a high rise there and a number of local leaders are onboard.

However, a parks and public land preservation group questions whether the plot is off-limits to private development because of a clause in Wisconsin’s Constitution.

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Recall Election
4:30 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Report Shows Record Spending For Recall Campaigns

Recall election campaign spending exceeded $80 million in Governor's race alone.

A new report from the government watchdog organization, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says 15 recall races in 2011 and this year cost $137 million. More than $80 million was spent on the effort to recall Governor Scott Walker. Money spent on the governor's race was more than twice as much as the $37.4 million spent in Waker's 2010 campaign.Walker won a recall election versus Tom Barrett. Three Republican senators were removed from office, giving Democrats a 17-16 majority.

Economy & Business
1:03 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Milwaukee Caterpillar Workers Watching Labor Dispute in Illinois

Credit Mark Sardella, Flickr

Workers at the Caterpillar factory in South Milwaukee are closely watching a labor dispute at the company plant in Illinois. Caterpillar employees in Joliet have been on strike for three months. The company is seeking steep wage and pension concessions, and the union representing nearly 800 workers refuses to accept the demands. WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on speculation that the outcome of the dispute could be a bellwether for labor relations across the country.

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