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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.

Frac sand health fears rise as mining booms in Wisconsin

Frac sand health fears rise as mining booms in Wisconsin

October 06, 2013

Like some other west-central Wisconsin residents, Frances and Dean Sayles are frustrated with the state Department of Natural Resources’ lack of a comprehensive approach to addressing concerns surrounding potential health problems from crystalline silica dust. Now some residents, academics, local government officials and even a frac sand producer have begun taking action.

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Prions — in plants? New concern for chronic wasting disease

Prions — in plants? New concern for chronic wasting disease

September 27, 2013

By Ron Seely Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Prions — the infectious, deformed proteins that cause chronic wasting disease in deer — can be taken up by plants such as alfalfa, corn and tomatoes, according to new research from the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison. The research further demonstrated that stems and leaves from tainted plants were [...]

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Walker now backs funding for disabled workers

Walker now backs funding for disabled workers

September 25, 2013

Gov. Scott Walker has announced plans to change course and seek full federal funding of a program that helps people with disabilities find jobs. Advocates at Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council credit a report by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism for new legislation aiming to fully fund the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, an arm of the state Department of Workforce Development.

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Unpaid internships under fire in Wisconsin, nationwide

Unpaid internships under fire in Wisconsin, nationwide

September 22, 2013

Unpaid interns, and the Wisconsin companies that hire them, are sorting out their options after a recent New York court ruling cast doubts on employers’ widespread practice of relying on eager young workers to perform without pay.

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Economy, Education 1 Comment

Wisconsin’s booming grape crop at risk from herbicide drift

Wisconsin’s booming grape crop at risk from herbicide drift

September 08, 2013

Grape farmers in Wisconsin are facing a growing threat, and in many cases it is coming from their own neighbors. Herbicides that are used to kill weeds in crops such as corn and soybeans can be deadly to other plants, including grapes. Food or wine grape vines exposed to the chemicals may shrivel up, turn colors and grow strange, elongated new leaves.

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School districts paying $25 million for controversial Common Core standards

School districts paying $25 million for controversial Common Core standards

September 06, 2013

Wisconsin’s new Common Core standards for math and English cost the state very little to implement because individual districts are footing the bill, which likely will come to about $25 million.

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Drugs found in Lake Michigan, miles from sewage outfalls

Drugs found in Lake Michigan, miles from sewage outfalls

September 05, 2013

Prescription drugs are contaminating Lake Michigan two miles from Milwaukee’s sewage outfalls, suggesting that the lake is not diluting the compounds as most researchers expected, according to new research. Republished from Environmental Health News.

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While Wisconsin abortions declined, more women used surgical method

While Wisconsin abortions declined, more women used surgical method

September 02, 2013

Despite an overall decline in abortions by Wisconsin women in 2012, the number of surgical abortions rose by 8 percent last year — the first increase since the state started tracking abortion methods in 1998, records show.

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