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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 [...]

State pays scofflaws over hound deaths

State pays scofflaws over hound deaths

January 05, 2014

From 2004-2013, the DNR’s wolf depredation program approved nearly $390,000 in payments for lost hunting dogs. The deaths typically occur when hounds with electronic tracking collars are released to hunt or pursue other animals, especially bears.

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Neighbors diverge on health care

Neighbors diverge on health care

December 23, 2013

People in Wisconsin and Minnesota living just barely above the poverty line are about to see their health care fortunes change — in opposite directions.

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Government, Health & Welfare, Poverty 4 Comments

Frac sand mining company faces $200,000 in water, air penalties

Frac sand mining company faces $200,000 in water, air penalties

December 17, 2013

Frac sand mining company Preferred Sands of Wisconsin has been ordered to pay $200,000 for stormwater and air permit violations at its facility near Blair, a Trempealeau County city. This is the first civil judgment brought against a frac sand mining company in Wisconsin.

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Glenwood City incumbents lead in recall elections sparked by frac sand

Glenwood City incumbents lead in recall elections sparked by frac sand

December 17, 2013

The mayor garnered a 43-vote margin Tuesday, while two city council members held onto razor-thin leads in Glenwood City recall elections sparked by controversy over a proposed frac sand mine. Glenwood City Mayor John Larson and city council members Nancy Hover and Dave Graese each faced one challenger in the recall elections, believed to be the first in Wisconsin to be prompted by frac sand mining.

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Economy, Frac sand, Government, Health & Welfare 1 Comment

Scott Walker weighs veto of mascot bill

Scott Walker weighs veto of mascot bill

December 17, 2013

Walker expressed his discomfort with the use of Indian names and mascots: "I think schools need to be more sensitive.”

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Economy, Government, Health & Welfare 3 Comments

Resources: Private well testing and karst

December 15, 2013

Main story Hormonal wells found in state’s karst region; dairy farms possible source More endocrine disruptors coverage Stories and multimedia at the Center’s endocrine disruptors project page. Private well owners are not required to test their water quality. Yet the Division of Public Health urges well owners to test because so many wells are contaminated: • One-third have detectable pesticide residues [...]

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Hormonal wells found in state’s karst region; dairy farms possible source

Hormonal wells found in state’s karst region; dairy farms possible source

December 15, 2013

In one of the most intensively farmed parts of America’s Dairyland, where 29 percent of the county’s private wells test unsafe due to bacteria or nitrates, residents have a new concern: estrogenic well water.

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Walker changes stance, signs bill for workers with disabilities

Walker changes stance, signs bill for workers with disabilities

December 06, 2013

After reversing his original position, Gov. Scott Walker on Friday signed legislation to request more federal money to help unemployed people with disabilities find jobs faster.

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