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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.

City’s frac sand mine battle spurs recalls

City’s frac sand mine battle spurs recalls

November 17, 2013

In this small city in northwestern Wisconsin, the mayor and two council members are facing recall elections over their handling of a proposed frac sand mine that would be built a half-mile south of a school.

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Economy, Frac sand, Government 4 Comments

Mentally ill ex-inmates lack treatment, meds

Mentally ill ex-inmates lack treatment, meds

November 10, 2013

Despite the wake-up call sounded nationwide by recent mass shootings, huge gaps remain in how Wisconsin treats people with mental illnesses who run afoul of the law. State and county officials blame a shortage of psychiatrists, growing demand for services and high medication costs.

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Archives, Government, Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety 4 Comments

Sand mining bill could also affect iron mine, factory farms

Sand mining bill could also affect iron mine, factory farms

October 24, 2013

The impact of a controversial bill that would restrict local government regulation of frac sand mines might be broader than originally thought, affecting the proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin and factory farms across the state, opponents said Thursday at a Capitol hearing.

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Economy, Environment, Frac sand, Government 0 Comments

Wisconsin health-care helpers getting a late start

Wisconsin health-care helpers getting a late start

October 22, 2013

Wieske said the state needs to protect vulnerable consumers from people who might take advantage of them. But Peterson said the federal government already established strict standards for the agencies receiving navigator funding.

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Government, Health & Welfare 0 Comments

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices tend to favor attorney donors

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices tend to favor attorney donors

October 20, 2013

Justice Shirley Abrahamson was the top recipient of support from attorneys whose cases reached the Supreme Court, pulling in $188,650 over the past 11 years, a Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism analysis shows. Overall, justices tended to rule in favor of clients whose attorneys contributed to the justices’ election campaigns.

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Justice & Safety, Money & Politics 1 Comment

Bill would limit local control of frac sand mining

Bill would limit local control of frac sand mining

October 17, 2013

The draft bill, now being circulated for cosponsors, would bar local governments from regulating some aspects of nonmetallic mining, including its impacts on air quality, water, road use and reclamation.

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Environment, Government 5 Comments

Scientists question state’s course on wolves

Scientists question state’s course on wolves

October 13, 2013

As hunters prepare for Wisconsin’s wolf hunt, some scientists are warning that a proposal to sharply cull the population could destabilize it — just two years after wolves were removed from the federal endangered list.

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Environment, Government 9 Comments

Open government resources

October 08, 2013

A list of resources for citizens and government officials regarding open government in Wisconsin.

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Open records, Tools 0 Comments

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