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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 [...]

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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Economy, Environment, Government, Money & Politics 3 Comments

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Under legal pressure, Wisconsin coal-fired power plants curb emissions

November 19, 2011

Dairyland and other Wisconsin coal-fired plants have begun lowering emissions, but not necessarily in response to demands by pollution regulators. Many of the changes have resulted from pressure and lawsuits brought by the nonprofit Sierra Club, which has campaigned for a decade to cut emissions from coal combustion. But enforcement is inconsistent, and some residents living in the shadow of coal plants are concerned their health may be affected.

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Walker hires lawyer to defend DA who sued state

Walker hires lawyer to defend DA who sued state

November 11, 2011

Gov. Scott Walker has hired private legal counsel to represent a county district attorney being sued for allegedly violating a state open government law — a move made necessary because the DA has sued the state for allegedly violating another open government statute.

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A long wait yields expansive new freedoms

A long wait yields expansive new freedoms

October 30, 2011

Wisconsin’s new law, which allows citizens to carry concealed weapons, has been hailed by the NRA as “one of the nation’s strongest.”

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Government, Justice & Safety, Money & Politics 1 Comment

Wisconsin milk board removes weight loss claims from website

Wisconsin milk board removes weight loss claims from website

October 19, 2011

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has retreated from claims that consuming dairy products could aid weight loss after some experts branded the statements “deceptive” and “discredited.”

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Wisconsin milk board claims dairy aids weight loss

Wisconsin milk board claims dairy aids weight loss

October 17, 2011

A major Wisconsin dairy group continues to promote dairy products for weight loss, four years after two national groups, under pressure from the Federal Trade Commission, agreed to stop.

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Wisconsin milk board overstates dairy’s benefits to children, some experts say

Wisconsin milk board overstates dairy’s benefits to children, some experts say

October 16, 2011

The milk board, which spends nearly a million dollars a year promoting dairy's health benefits to children, defended its conduct and said claims were based in science.

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