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Environment
5:28 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Sniffing Out Sewage Where It Doesn't Belong

Village of Shorewood is one of the communities that called on Sable and Logan to sniff out sewage.

Trained dogs assist with a variety of human endeavors.

Some guide people with vision impairments.

Police use other breeds to detect narcotics.

Now two trained dogs are busy in the Milwaukee area – sniffing out human waste in storm pipes.

The operation is part of the bigger effort underway here to prevent sewage from mixing with storm water.

The blend can end up in rivers and Lake Michigan during torrential rains.

However, scientists are finding sewage in storm sewers, even during fair weather – that’s where the dogs come in.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met the canine brigade during its first Milwaukee area mission.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Bike to School Day

a wet walk - and bike - to school in Bay View

WUWM's environmental reporter Susan Bence met some students taking part in the first-ever National Bike to School Day, which actually encourages kids to bike or walk to school. She caught up with the kids from Fernwood Montessori, located just east of the intersection of Kinnickinnic and Oklahoma.

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Election
1:41 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Democrats Press the Flesh in Final Days

Democratic hopefuls (from left): Tom Barrett, Kathleen Vinehout, Kathleen Falk and Doug La Follette

For the first time ever, Wisconsin voters will go to the polls today to decide which candidate will take of the governor in an recall election. Republican Incumbent Scott walker is only the third governor is U. S. history to face recall. Organizers launched the effort last winter after he pushed forward a bill to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports on how the Democratic contenders have been crisscrossing the state, each wanting their name opposite Walker’s on the June 5 ballot.

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Economy & Business
4:49 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Investors Betting on Real Estate

Some investors are using their retirement accounts to purchase foreclosures such as this one on Milwaukee's northwest side.

The northwest side of Milwaukee has been a hotbed of real estate activity in recent months. Investors have been purchasing foreclosed homes and turning many into rental properties. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis found that some of the entrepreneurs are using their retirement accounts.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

The Lake Sturgeon's New Lease on Life

Sturgeon, the prehistoric-looking fish that indeed, dates back thousands of years, were on the verge of disappearing from Wisconsin's waterways, due to overfishing and environmental factors. But the efforts of many, including fish biologists and conservationists, have led to a sturgeon comeback.

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Environment
6:04 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Milwaukee Drinking Water Ranks High on EPA Quality List

Milwaukee Water Works releases its annual water quality report.
Credit Photo courtesy of clickr.com purpleslog

The City of Milwaukee’s drinking water gets high marks when it comes to “quality”.

The Environmental Protection Agency requires every public water supplier around the country to publish its annual report.

Thousands of Milwaukee water customers will soon find the report tucked in with monthly bills.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence learned a bit more about what it takes to provide safe, drinkable water.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Aaron's Hammer

Blacksmiths' tools haven't changed that much over time.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews blacksmith Aaron Howard.

Technological advances have meant the tools of many trades are transient - evolving from year to year.

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Veterans
3:24 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mental Health Clinic Provides Unique Treatment to Veterans' Families

Therapist Kathy Anderson chats with Claudia Stetz, the widow of a Vietnam War veteran.
Credit Erin Toner

Monday, we reported on a one-year-old clinic in West Allis treating a growing number of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some say they’re seeking outside therapy because they’re dissatisfied with their VA health care. This morning, WUWM’s Erin Toner revisits the clinic to report on another free service it provides – mental health services for the families of veterans. Family members don’t qualify for care at VA hospitals.

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Environment
6:10 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Stepp Stands Firm - She's Guiding WDNR In Right Direction

Secretary Cathy Stepp tells Clean Rivers Clean Lake conference attendees WDNR is on course.

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources secretary Cathy Stepp has faced her share of controversy.

Now, former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk is calling for her removal.

Falk – one of four Democrats hoping to defeat Governor Scott Walker in a recall election – believes environmental enforcement has suffered under Stepp’s watch.

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Veterans
3:17 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

New Clinic Provides Mental Health Care to Veterans, Family Members

Therapist Kathy Anderson, left, and client Claudia Stetz, right, relax at Veteran Quest in West Allis.
Credit Erin Toner

An alarming number of suicides among American soldiers has/have been pressuring the VA to improve mental health services for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As a result, the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department plans to add nearly 2,000 employees to reduce wait times for appointments. In Milwaukee, a growing number of vets dissatisfied with the VA have been supplementing their government care with therapy at an outside clinic. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, it offers a less structured approach.

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