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Environment
12:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Assessing Climate Change's Impact on the Great Lakes

Click to Enlarge PhotoAtmospheric scientist Paul Roebber is about to become Associate Dean for Academics for the School of Freshwater Sciences. Dr. Roebber studies the impact of climate change on Great Lakes' water levels.
Credit Susan Bence

More than a century ago, the Boundary Waters Treaty established an advisory group made up of representatives from the United States and Canada. Called the International Joint Commission, its charge is to attempt to prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the waters shared by the two countries.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

A Grand Experiment - Bolster Small Growers to Deliver Fresh Produce to Food Desert

Farmer Brigid McGeehan prepares the shared hoop house for first planting
Susan Bence

“Access to fresh food” has become a trendy phrase.

First Lady Michelle Obama has taken it up for the sake of children’s health.

Foodies cannot get enough of it.

A farmers market in Milwaukee has been working quietly at bringing affordable fresh produce to neighborhoods where little is available.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited its satellite project where small-scale farmers till the land side by side.

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Civil War
2:46 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Groveton Begins Second Bull Run

It was the so-called "Black Hats" of Gen. Rufus King's division that battled at Brawner Farm. King himself was a prominent Wisconsinite and three Wisconsin regiments fought there.

Next Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the start of one of the biggest battles of the American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run, otherwise known as Second Manassas. Many know of this enormous battle, but few know the story about the fight that started it - or the prominent role Wisconsinites played in it.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
2:31 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Family Members of Temple Victims Discuss First Lady's Visit

Amardeep and Pardeep Kaleka at the WUWM studios.

Family members of the people killed and injured in the Sikh temple tragedy received First Lady Michelle Obama’s condolences Thursday. Mrs. Obama met with the families in Oak Creek, after appearing at a campaign stop in Milwaukee.

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Regional
9:08 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Wauwatosa Embarks on Its Largest Ever Public Works Project

Wauwatosa Block Looking East

The landscape is now barren in front of dozens of Wauwatosa homes.

In June, their city launched its largest public improvements project ever, and it entails cutting down trees. Wauwatosa is replacing miles of aging sewer pipes, in hopes of ending basement back-ups.

While some residents are thrilled, we found others wondering if the cure is worse than the problem.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

A Beloved Machine Goes on the Fritz

Contributor Gianofer Fields' beloved washer is on the fritz - here's its "brain" in the capable hands of repairman John.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews the repairman who has come to save her washer.

Material culture explores why objects have meaning to us. For our contributor, it's because it does her wash.

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Education
5:05 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Extra Credits Add to Student Loan Debt

Students at the University of Whitewater graduate with on average 136 credit hours.

Whether you are in the process of paying back student loans or just beginning to figure out how to pay for college, there is no question it is expensive. The average cost of attending a four-year UW system school, including tuition, fees, room and board and books totals around $17,500 a year. The number of loans students have taken out over the past decade has tripled, and now account for more than a trillion dollars former students must repay. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis has learned about one specific factor that adds to the cost of a college education - students graduating with more credits than needed.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
2:45 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

The Importance of Visiting Oak Creek

One of the many expressions of sympathy in the wake of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.

It has been more than two weeks since a Cudahy man entered the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek and shot and killed six congregants who had gathered for Sunday services. Wade Michael Page also injured four people before killing himself.

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Regional
12:31 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Praise for Sue Black and Curiosity About Why She is No Longer Milwaukee County Parks Director

Black's tenure dotted with awards.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office confirms that Sue Black is no longer Milwaukee County Parks Director. No reason has yet been stated. Members of the Milwaukee County Board are not yet commenting, many saying they did not have advanced notice about Black's departure.

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Will Senate Race Draw From Candidates' Environmental Arsenals?

Click to Enlarge PhotoA worker at Helios Solar Works in the Menomonee Valley gives Democrat Tammy Baldwin a tour the morning after the Wisconsin Primary
Credit Susan Bence

Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race is blazing full steam ahead after former Governor Tommy Thompson defeated three challengers in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

Both he and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin hit the campaign circuit hours later.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence takes an initial look at how environmental issues might play into the race.

Peruse their campaign websites, and you will not find plans for how either candidate would address issues such as global warming or storm water contamination.

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