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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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Environment
5:23 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Opposition to Open Pit Mine Focuses on Civil Disobedience

Many have protested the proposed iron ore mine

Debate over a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin seems to have died down a bit. Yet, players on both sides are positioning themselves. Within the last few weeks, the company Gogebic Taconite applied for an exploratory license, while an anti-mining group opened an office in Ashland to monitor developments. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, that’s not where things end – at least for mine opponents.They’ll stage a workshop in northern Wisconsin this weekend,on civil disobedience.

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Environment
4:14 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Wisconsin Wildfire Update: Logging Equipment Sparked Blaze

Burning in the Town of Gordon
Credit DNR

Fire crews have contained the huge wildfire in northwest Wisconsin, and are now extinguishing hot spots that erupt. According to the DNR, 8,131 acres burned.

Investigators have concluded that a logging machine started the blaze.  Workers were harvesting timber, when the operator of a piece of equipment noticed smoke coming from the cutting head of his machine. He used an extinguisher to try to douse the fire, while co-workers called 911.

The Douglas County District Attorney is recommending that no criminal charges be filed.

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