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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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Realtors gave $1 million to state Club for Growth

August 29, 2012

Some WRA members bristled last year when it was revealed that the Alliance had given money to advocacy groups including Wisconsin Club for Growth. The latest report represents a dramatic increase in this support.

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Money & Politics, Reuters 4 Comments

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Photo Gallery: Paul Ryan speaks to hometown crowd

August 27, 2012

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Frac sand boom creates thousands of jobs

Frac sand boom creates thousands of jobs

August 19, 2012

Currently, there are no official employment numbers for the state’s rapidly expanding frac sand industry. But the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, using job-site estimates developed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, found that when existing mines and those being built are fully operating, the industry will employ about 2,780 people -- a sizeable number given the state’s overall luckluster job picture.

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Economy, Environment, Reuters 6 Comments

Whooping cough on rise despite immunizations

Whooping cough on rise despite immunizations

August 17, 2012

Wisconsin has the nation’s highest rate of reported whooping cough cases in 2012. Through July 5, Wisconsin’s incidence of the disease was 50.7 per 100,000 persons, nearly 10 times the national average.

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Health & Welfare, Reuters 2 Comments

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Outside spending, ideological divide make Wisconsin’s GOP Senate primary a tossup

August 13, 2012

Thanks to $3.4 million in spending by outside groups and an ongoing ideological divide within the Republican Party, former Gov. Tommy Thompson — once the favorite — may not even make it through Tuesday’s primary.

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VP pick Ryan supported by insurers, Wall Street, health care

VP pick Ryan supported by insurers, Wall Street, health care

August 12, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's pick for vice president, may be the face of the Tea Party favorite caucus in Congress. But big business interests have also contributed mightily to the budget chairman’s campaign, according to analyses from the nonpartisan political money trackers at MapLight.

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State manufacturers have jobs, need workers

State manufacturers have jobs, need workers

July 29, 2012

The number of manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin had fallen in recent years, from nearly 600,000 in 1998 to just over 450,000 today. But manufacturing still accounts for about 16 percent of all state jobs. And in the past year, it has begun to rebound.

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Wisconsin frac sand sites double

Wisconsin frac sand sites double

July 22, 2012

Frac sand fever has hit much of west-central Wisconsin, catching residents and local governments by surprise when demand for sand suddenly soared and permit applications began to pour in. The number of Wisconsin frac sand mining operations has more than doubled in the past year.

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