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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 [...]

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Watchdog toolkit

December 02, 2013

Tips on how to gather your own information about lobbying, campaign finance, bills and organizations in Wisconsin.

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When lies lead to wrongful convictions

When lies lead to wrongful convictions

November 24, 2013

Wisconsin has no specific policies regarding the use of informant — or "snitch" — testimony, which worries some state and national criminal justice experts.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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