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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.

The selling of school choice

The selling of school choice

September 18, 2011

A vast and interconnected array of school choice proponents -- including the Walton family, heirs to the Walmart fortune -- is changing the face of education in Wisconsin. Part one of three in a series.

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Are choice schools better?

September 18, 2011

School choice proponents argue that private vouchers give students in troubled school districts the opportunity for a better education. But the numbers don’t always back them up.

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Emergency response often uncoordinated in post-9/11 era

Emergency response often uncoordinated in post-9/11 era

September 11, 2011

PART THREE OF THREE IN A SERIES The Center is exploring gaps in Wisconsin’s emergency preparedness to answer the question: A decade after 9/11, are we safer? A joint project of Gannett Wisconsin Media and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism PART ONE: A decade after 9/11 attacks, Wisconsin’s homeland security funding falls short Aug. 28, 2011. PART TWO: [...]

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Security after 9/11: 10 Years Later — Project Overview

Security after 9/11: 10 Years Later — Project Overview

September 11, 2011

In this collaborative project, the Center and Gannett Wisconsin Media explore the question: A decade after 9/11, are we safer? With a three-part series, regional stories from Gannett's newspapers, interactive multimedia and more.

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From ports to power plants, millions spent to avert state terrorism attacks

From ports to power plants, millions spent to avert state terrorism attacks

September 04, 2011

Federal funding to protect key infrastructure grew after the 9/11 attacks, but has declined as overall homeland security funding has dropped sharply in Wisconsin. That has forced a shift in strategy away from protecting sites to responding more effectively if man-made or natural disasters occur. Part 2 of 3 in the series "Security after 9/11: 10 Years Later."

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Backpage.com accused of facilitating sex trafficking

Backpage.com accused of facilitating sex trafficking

September 02, 2011

More than 50 cases of trafficking or attempted trafficking of minors on Backpage.com have been filed in 22 states in the past three years, says a letter from 45 attorneys general. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen declined to sign the letter, saying he has “a policy of not publicly announcing the details of ongoing investigations or publicly negotiating private sector cooperation.”

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Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety 12 Comments

A decade after 9/11 attacks, Wisconsin’s homeland security spending falls sharply

A decade after 9/11 attacks, Wisconsin’s homeland security spending falls sharply

August 28, 2011

Federal funding for much of the state’s homeland security effort, designed to prepare and protect Wisconsin in the event of terrorist attacks and other emergencies, is being drastically cut as Congress focuses on states that are more likely terrorism targets.

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Justices divided over court altercation

Justices divided over court altercation

August 26, 2011

The court’s conservative justices gave a significantly different version of events than their liberal counterparts in their statements to Dane County sheriff’s deputies investigating a June 13 altercation between Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and David Prosser, according to reports released Friday.

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