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Yahara beach closures highlight algae, bacteria threats statewide
 
Yahara beach closures highlight algae, bacteria threats statewide

Yahara beach closures highlight algae, bacteria threats statewide

Learn About Tableau Murky Waters: Part 1 Today The Capital Times and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism proudly launch “Murky Waters,” a four-part series examining threats to the quality of the Madison area’s spectacular lakes, and ambitious new efforts that seek to improve them. Researchers around the world are watching our lakes in hopes of adapting these [...]

Ain’t nobody’s business but their own?

Ain’t nobody’s business but their own?

March 11, 2012

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court justices are sharply split — not just on when they should not take part in a given case, but even over whether the court has the authority to make such calls.

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Recusal disputes drive tension among Supreme Court justices

Recusal disputes drive tension among Supreme Court justices

March 10, 2012

Wisconsin has a loose and secretive system for determining when judges and justices should recuse themselves though most other states have clearer, more objective recusal standards. The issue of judicial recusal has sparked sharp disagreements among a court known for its internal discord.

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Government, Justice & Safety 0 Comments

Supreme Court opts to close some meetings

Supreme Court opts to close some meetings

February 27, 2012

After nearly two hours of often-contentious discussion, a sharply divided Wisconsin Supreme Court voted Monday to end its longstanding practice of discussing court administrative matters in open conference.

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Government, Justice & Safety 4 Comments

Bills would let health providers say, ‘I’m sorry’

Bills would let health providers say, ‘I’m sorry’

February 12, 2012

A couple of years ago, Dr. Erik Severson transferred a heart patient to a different hospital. When the man died under Severson’s care, the physician took a risk as he broke the news to the man’s son. He apologized — although he knew his words could be used against him in court. Now a Republican lawmaker, Severson has introduced a bill to let doctors do just that without fearing malpractice.

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Consumer, Health & Welfare, Money & Politics 1 Comment

Justices Crooks, Bradley: Time to consider merit selection

Justices Crooks, Bradley: Time to consider merit selection

February 10, 2012

Two Wisconsin Supreme Court justices are calling for the state to consider ending direct elections of court members, citing the negative role of money in judicial campaigns.

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Government, Money & Politics 6 Comments

Gaps persist in campus mental health services

Gaps persist in campus mental health services

February 05, 2012

A decade ago, Thomas Murphy was a college dropout who used alcohol and drugs to deal with undiagnosed depression. Therapy made the difference for him. But he can’t receive it at school. When he re-enrolled at UW-Madison and went to the counseling center, he walked out with no appointment and a list of referrals. Murphy’s story underscores a national dilemma: a surge in students seeking intensive counseling and psychiatric care, which college mental health centers often lack resources to provide.

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Education, Health & Welfare 7 Comments

Are frac sand miners failing to check for rare butterfly?

Are frac sand miners failing to check for rare butterfly?

January 31, 2012

There's a new wrinkle in Wisconsin’s fast-growing frac sand mining: It turns out that an endangered butterfly, the Karner blue, lives in the same region. And some companies may be failing to check for the butterfly as they move ahead with mining operations.

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Environment 5 Comments

Spectrum deal had stealth component

Spectrum deal had stealth component

January 25, 2012

Spectrum Brands began its successful quest for a $4 million award from the state without revealing its identity or that it was already based in Wisconsin, public records show. Its hired consultant also suggested that the backlash over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill made his unidentified client reluctant to pick Madison — where it was, in fact, already located.

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Economy, Government 2 Comments

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