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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.

Full interview: Gov. Scott Walker, Dec. 23, 2011

Full interview: Gov. Scott Walker, Dec. 23, 2011

January 08, 2012

Gov. Walker talks with Center reporter Bill Lueders about his regrets over the past year, his approach to conflict, his thoughts on out-of-state money that has flooded Wisconsin's politics, and how he got the yearbook nickname "Desperado."

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Love him or hate him

Love him or hate him

January 08, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker’s supporters and foes agree that he is not like most other politicians. The first governor in Wisconsin history to face a recall attempt is bolder, more focused, less cowed by criticism. Where they disagree is over whether this is a virtue or a vice. Part one of a three-part series.

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Scott Walker: Regrets, he’s had a few

Scott Walker: Regrets, he’s had a few

December 23, 2011

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, known for his toughness in defending his positions, acknowledged Friday that he’s made mistakes in how he’s gone about achieving his agenda. The Republican governor, now facing a recall effort, said he regretted not having done a better job of selling his changes regarding collective bargaining for public employees.

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Graphics: Nation pours money into Walker fight

Graphics: Nation pours money into Walker fight

December 20, 2011

Nearly half of Gov. Scott Walker's 2011 campaign contributions so far have come from outside Wisconsin. And, as he's facing a potential recall, the normal individual limits do not apply. Explore where the money's coming in from with our interactive map.

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Out-of-state donors play growing role in supporting — and opposing — Walker

December 16, 2011

Scott Walker got elected mainly with the support of Wisconsin residents. But if there’s a recall election, whoever wins will have many out-of-state donors to thank. Nearly half of the $5.1 million raised by the embattled Republican governor since July 1 came from outside of Wisconsin.

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Minor offenders, major consequences

Minor offenders, major consequences

December 11, 2011

Wisconsin is one of 13 states that automatically place 17-year-olds in the adult criminal justice system. In the past few years, nearly one-third of states have passed laws to keep more young offenders in the juvenile justice system. But not Wisconsin.

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Government, Justice & Safety 7 Comments

In Haiti, U.S. deportees face illegal detentions and grave health risks

In Haiti, U.S. deportees face illegal detentions and grave health risks

November 27, 2011

The United States this year has deported more than 250 Haitians, half of whom were jailed without charges in facilities so filthy they pose life-threatening health risks. Some Haitians faced lengthy confinement in U.S. immigration facilities before the deportations. An investigation by the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found evidence that the Obama administration has not followed its own policy of seeking alternatives to deportation when there are serious medical and humanitarian concerns.

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Wisconsin wetlands seen as threat to jobs

Wisconsin wetlands seen as threat to jobs

November 20, 2011

On Feb. 2, 2011, the Legislature voted to exempt a little patch of land, less than a mile down the road from the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, from the state’s wetlands rules, once called “the strongest wetland protections in the country.” The bill, passed on World Wetlands Day, will let up to three acres of the so-called Bergstrom wetland be filled with no additional permits or process.

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