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Environment
12:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

New Wind Folk School: On Earth as it is in Heaven

New Wind Folk School organizers share their enthusiasm on June Eastvold's "treehouse" deck.
Credit Susan Bence

A collection of area artists, environmentalists and spiritualists are about to undertake an experiment. They plan to bring together a varied group of individuals, provide a stimulating blend of “close encounters” with nature, history, culture and ecology, and see what happens. That’s the premise of the New Wind Folk School – a weeklong program sponsored by the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Veterans
8:10 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Unemployment Rate Dropping for Veterans, But Many Still Jobless

Army veteran Justin Claus has struggled to find work since leaving the Army in 2010.
Credit Justin Claus

There has been some good news recently regarding the status of returning military veterans. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets nationwide dipped below 10 percent in June. That is a substantial drop from June of last year, when the rate topped 13 percent. While the trend is positive, more young veterans are out of work than the general population. WUWM’s Erin Toner profiles a Racine man who suspects his military disability status frightens employers.

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Health & Science
4:57 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

High Deductible Plans Benefit Some, Headache for Others

High Deductible Health Care Plans are growing in popularity.

One of the biggest financial burdens individuals and businesses face is the rising cost of health care. In order to ease that weight, some people and employers have been turning to High Deductible Health Care Plans. They keep monthly premiums low by requiring patients to spend a significant amount of money before their insurance kicks-in. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, those high deductible plans can pay off, but are a gamble.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Feminine Hygiene Goes Green

An entrepreneur develops a particular "eco-friendly" product in far northern Wisconsin
Credit Susan Bence

We’ve been revisiting a series on entrepreneurship this week on Lake Effect. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence wasn’t setting out to do a story on entrepreneurship when she left for the north woods in April – she was planning to do a story on the debate over a proposed iron ore mine. But while she was in Ashland, she found herself introduced to the creator of a company that fills a unique niche in – of all things - the feminine hygiene realm.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

More Questions Than Answers At Pipeline Public Meeting - Part 1

Residents of Jackson looking for answers weeks after gasoline pipeline rupture
Credit Susan Bence

Hundreds of people jammed a community Tuesday night in the town of Jackson.

Its residents want to know how the pipeline company is going to handle the well water and health concerns that have erupted after a gasoline line ruptured in the community northwest of Milwaukee.

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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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Environment
12:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Jenny Kehl: A New Director for the UWM Center for Water Policy

Jenny Kehl, Director for the UWM Center for Water Policy
Credit UWM

UW-Milwaukee has taken another step towards increasing the region's prominence as a center for freshwater research. Jenny Kehl started work earlier this month as the new Lynde B. Uihlein Endowed Chair in Water Policy and the director of the Center for Water Policy in the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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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.

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