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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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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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School choice advocates hope to build on gains

School choice advocates hope to build on gains

September 24, 2011

Beginning this fall, taxpayer money will help children move from public to private schools in Racine. But according to a nonpartisan group, expanding vouchers to Racine will add nearly $3 million to the state’s costs over the next two school years. Part three of three in a series.

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School choice big winner in state

School choice big winner in state

September 21, 2011

Dozens of Wisconsin political players have received millions of dollars from individuals and interest groups committed to promoting alternatives to public schools. Part two of three in a series.

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