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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.

Noble Wray Jan 9 2013

Police exonerate officer in fatal shooting, questions remain

January 09, 2013

The Madison Police Department’s internal investigation has exonerated an officer who shot and killed an unarmed man who mistakenly entered a neighbor’s house while intoxicated. But for some, it has left lingering questions about the adequacy of the department’s review.

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Police account of shooting disputed

Police account of shooting disputed

January 06, 2013

The owner of a home mistakenly entered by an intoxicated neighbor who was shot and killed by a Madison police officer arriving on the scene said he tried repeatedly to inform the officer that the intruder was someone known to him.

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Ignored and underfunded, mental health care thin at county jails

December 22, 2012

Key findings: • Wisconsin’s county-run jails are overloaded with people with mental illness — but services are largely inadequate. • The state Department of Corrections is charged with oversight but does not evaluate the quality of jails’ mental health care. • For nearly a quarter-century, the Legislature has required the DOC to collect and summarize annual reports on jails’ mental health care, but most jails have not provided the information, and the DOC acknowledges it has not been asking for them. • One-third of Wisconsin’s jails have been cited for inadequate suicide prevention efforts.

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Walker vows veto of same-day voter registration ban

December 19, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday apparently drove the final nail into the coffin of calls to end same-day voter registration in Wisconsin, vowing to veto any such bill that imposed additional costs.

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Lawmaker calls for review of Camp Randall scoreboard pick

December 18, 2012

State Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, is asking state and University of Wisconsin-Madison officials to review the process through which a subcontractor was selected to build a new scoreboard and sound system at Camp Randall Stadium, to see if the jobs should be rebid.

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Camp Randall scoreboard bid process called ‘unethical’

Camp Randall scoreboard bid process called ‘unethical’

December 16, 2012

A contractor hired by the state to manage a $76.8 million renovation of Camp Randall Stadium agreed to accept a higher bid for a new scoreboard, over a competing offer that an outside consultant advised was of better quality.

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As supply meets demand, Wisconsin’s frac sand rush slows

December 15, 2012

The rapid growth in Wisconsin's frac sand industry is slowing, thanks to lower prices and increased supply. The sand is still in demand, but people who expected that they could get rich quick on the state's sandy soils may be disappointed.

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Economy, Environment 1 Comment

Bowing to pressure, fireplace makers step up safety measures

Bowing to pressure, fireplace makers step up safety measures

December 13, 2012

Myron Levin FairWarning To stave off regulation and lawsuits over severe burns to toddlers, manufacturers will provide protective screens as standard equipment with new gas fireplaces. The industry has revised its voluntary guidelines to call for the addition of mesh screens to be permanently attached to new fireplaces to prevent contact with the scorching glass fronts, which get [...]

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