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Frac sand mines credited for rising, dropping property values
 
Frac sand mines credited for rising, dropping property values

Frac sand mines credited for rising, dropping property values

Accessible sand can bring a windfall for some landowners. Others worry that proximity to sand mines is bringing down the value of their homes. And in some communities, a safety net of sorts is emerging.

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Story impact: Lawmakers ask tough questions about state’s GPS tracking system

April 04, 2013

In response to a Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism report, Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, called a hearing to question Wisconsin Department of Corrections officials about the reliability of GPS monitoring of offenders.

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Justice & Safety 4 Comments

Lost signals, disconnected lives

Lost signals, disconnected lives

March 24, 2013

Thirteen offenders told the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism that Wisconsin’s GPS tracking system repeatedly fails, registering false alerts and landing the offenders in jail although they had done nothing wrong. Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker is proposing an expansion of nearly 50 percent in the number of offenders monitored by GPS devices.

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Justice & Safety 2 Comments

State agency lags on records compliance

State agency lags on records compliance

March 11, 2013

To assess the DOA’s performance, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism analyzed the nearly 200 records requests the agency received in the first six months of 2012. The analysis found the DOA took an average of 24 days to provide records or denials.

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Government 2 Comments

State weapons law conceals information

State weapons law conceals information

March 10, 2013

More than 4,000 applicants were denied a Wisconsin concealed carry license and more than 400 had their licenses revoked or suspended in the program’s first 14 months, records show. These included dozens of felons, domestic abusers, illegal drug users and “fugitives from justice.”

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Government, Justice & Safety, Money & Politics 4 Comments

Frac sand industry faces  DNR violations, warnings

Frac sand industry faces DNR violations, warnings

March 03, 2013

Nearly a fifth of Wisconsin’s 70 active frac sand mines and processing plants were cited for environmental violations last year, as the industry continued to expand at a rapid clip.

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Economy, Environment, Government, Health & Welfare 4 Comments

Wisconsin nursing homes fail to report deaths, injuries

Wisconsin nursing homes fail to report deaths, injuries

February 18, 2013

Attorneys for families of residents say that facilities’ failure to report serious injuries or deaths related to abuse or neglect is not uncommon. Far more often, they say, the state health department only learns about a case of alleged neglect or abuse after a family member files a complaint. Advocates for health care providers stress that incidents of neglect and abuse are extremely rare, and can come to regulators’ attention in a variety of ways.

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Government, Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety 5 Comments

New state law conceals records  of abuse, neglect in nursing homes

New state law conceals records of abuse, neglect in nursing homes

February 17, 2013

A new Wisconsin law, which went into effect in February 2011, bars families from using state health investigation records in state civil suits filed against long-term providers, including nursing homes and hospices. It also makes such records inadmissible in criminal cases against health care providers accused of neglecting or abusing patients.

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Government, Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety 6 Comments

Wisconsin law increases abortion delays, risk

Wisconsin law increases abortion delays, risk

January 27, 2013

Planned Parenthood has not provided abortions by medication since April, claiming a new abortion law's language was too vague to comply with. As a result, many women have had surgical abortions instead and face delays in making appointments.

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Government, Health & Welfare 2 Comments

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