WUWM News

Mines
12:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Mining Hearing Draws Crowds and Continued Debate

Tyler Forks Gorge is located just east of where proposed mine would break ground.
Credit Susan Bence

No one expected Wednesday’s hearing on a mining bill at the state Capitol to be a short or calm affair, and it was not.

Dozens of people squeezed into the chamber for what is slated to be the only public hearing on a GOP propelled piece of legislation.

It’s designed to push a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin into a living, breathing job creator.

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Mines
12:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Mining Back on Fast Track

Site of former Plymouth Mine in Wakefield Michigan - approx 10 miles east of Hurley in Iron County. Lake feeds City of Wakefield's water supply.
Credit K Klein

There will be a flurry of activity at the state Capitol this week – and mining legislation is the topic of discussion.

GOP leaders will hold a public hearing, but not before a Democratic senator reveals a mining bill of his own.

A piece of land just south of Lake Superior – rich not only in streams and wetlands, but also in iron ore, is propelling the debate.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looks at the debate which seems to be accelerating at a furious pace.

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Mines
12:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Republicans Put Forward Another Mining Bill

Penokee wetlands
Credit P Rasmussen

Just hours after Gov. Walker said his agenda includes rewriting Wisconsin's mining laws, Republican legislators introduced a slightly-reworked mining bill. Most of it is similar to the plan the Senate rejected by one vote last year.

New GOP Senator Tom Tiffany touted the new plan as one that would enable the state to create thousands of new jobs without weakening environmental standards.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Facing Wildly Fluctuating Weather Challenges - An Apple Orchard Story

Chores don't end after a bad yield, even in the middle of winter; Deidre Birmingham has lots of pruning to do.
Credit Susan Bence

Later Tuesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council will release a map ranking the states for extreme weather conditions over the last year.

We’ve already learned that Wisconsin is in the top ten because of the summer drought.

That is no surprise to many residents – from farmers to scientists.

We begin a series of stories on how people here intend to cope with increasingly erratic weather.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence takes us first to an apple orchard in southwestern Wisconsin.

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Regional
12:38 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Lobbyists Will Urge Wisconsin Legislators to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Advocates of legalized medical marijuana are planning to approach Wisconsin legislators on Wednesday, to urge them to pass a bill allowing patients to use the drug to allay physical discomforts.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor of Madison intends to sponsor such legislation, taking over from predecessor, now Congressman Mark Pocan.

Supporters of legalization are calling their planned efforts for Wednesday, Medical Cannabis Lobby Day.

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