WUWM News

Education
1:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

New College Grads May Be Entering An Improving Job Market

Marquette University Commencement Ceremony
Credit Chris Stolarski

Thousands of local college students graduated over the weekend. UWM and Marquette were among those holding commencement ceremonies. More grads will pick up their diplomas next weekend, including at MSOE and MATC.

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Politics & Government
4:48 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Gov. Walker Signs Work-Share Program

Gov. Walker signed into law on Friday, a measure allowing employers to reduce workers' hours, rather than laying them off, when business is slow.

Under the new law, workers could receive state unemployment benefits, for the hours lost. Employers would have to continue providing health insurance coverage and retirement plans.

According to the governor, the work-share program could save the state's unemployment reserve fund nearly five million dollars. He says 24 other states operate similar programs.

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Politics & Government
4:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Gov. Walker's Health Care Plan May Cost $73M More Than Expected

New numbers regarding Medicaid eligibility changes in Wisconsin

In February, when Walker administration outlined its plan to change the Medicaid program in Wisconsin, it estimated the additional cost at $664 million during the next two-year state budget.

Now, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau puts the likely total at $734 million.

The administration rejected federal money to expand the state's Medicaid offerings, so that it covered all people living at up to 130% of the poverty level. The governor's plan, is to cover all households with incomes up to 100% of the poverty line, and then move the others into the federal marketplace.

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Environment
12:31 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Mining Company Scales Back Plan to Dig Test Holes

Mining company wants to drill 8 holes in the Penokee Hills to learn more about its rock and water table

The DNR must have raised questions about five locations where Gogebic Taconite wanted to dig test holes in northern Wisconsin. State inspectors visited the sites this week, after the company submitted an application to do the work.  Now G-Tac has submitted a new application with the State of Wisconsin, asking for DNR approval to dig eight holes instead of 13.

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Environment
6:37 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Resilient Ecosystems Should Rebound After Wildfire

Jane Anklam doesn't rule out one day seeing the federally endangered Kirtland's Warbler on the currently fire-swept northwest Wisconsin landscape.
Credit Robert Royse

We continue to learn more about the colossal wildfire that swept across more than 8,000 acres in northwest Wisconsin.

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