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Wisconsin Weekly: Solar turf war breaks out in Wisconsin

Solar company battles WI utility; Flight for Life bills top $10,000; Is gov’s veto pen too strong? UW loses records lawsuit; Fish die-offs slated to rise
Of note: This week we are proud to highlight our latest story, reported by Wisconsin Public Radio/Wisconsin Watch investigative fellow Sarah Whites-Koditschek. Sarah writes about the fight brewing between solar companies and public utilities in Wisconsin over who should be allowed to provide solar energy to customers. The battle is important as Wisconsin lags behind most of the country and its neighbors in the Upper Midwest in providing solar energy. The Badger State ranks 41st nationally — powering the equivalent of around 10,600 homes by the sun.

Wisconsin Weekly: Hard road ahead for Evers’ goal to cut prison population

Cutting Wisconsin’s prisoner rolls; high supervision leads to more incarceration; gerrymandering ruling setback for Dems; drug charges fill Washburn jail
Of note: This week we draw your attention to the two-story package by Wisconsin Watch reporter Izabela Zaluska examining Gov. Tony Evers’ goal to cut in half the number of people in Wisconsin’s prisons, which are overcrowded and understaffed. Zaluska found some things are in Evers’ control, such as boosting paroles and invoking a little-used early release program to lessen overcrowding. But other measures, including reducing sentences and increasing funding for treatment and diversion programs, require the cooperation of the Republican-run Legislature and judges. In a separate story, Zaluska examines the huge role that so-called crimeless revocations play in swelling Wisconsin’s prison population. Access to some stories listed in the Wisconsin Weekly roundup may be limited to subscribers of the news organizations that produced them.

Wisconsin Weekly: Users of cannabis, CBD all over Wisconsin

Cannabis use grows, federal job training center stays open, PFAS proliferate, bringing back MKE’s swamps, farmers fear immigration crackdown
Of note: This week we highlight another installment of our series, The Cannabis Question. In this story, reporter Olivia Herken returns to her hometown of Viroqua to find that consumption of cannabis — legal and otherwise — is booming. Herken’s story also features a wide variety of people — and animals — from around Wisconsin who use marijuana and CBD. They include a dog named Bo, a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder and a boy with an excruciating skin condition. 

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Wisconsin Weekly: Michigan struggles to regulate marijuana

MJ regulation complicated; DNA may reveal double killer; utility group detangles pocketbook and environmental issues; Sandy Hook denier faces payment to father of dead child
Of note: This week we are happy to highlight the latest installment in The Cannabis Question   series, Wisconsin Watch’s look at what would happen if Wisconsin were to legalize marijuana. In this story, University of Wisconsin-Madison student Rachelle Wilson travels to Michigan to talk with a top policy expert, the mayor of a blue-collar community, Michigan’s biggest marijuana booster and enterprising entrepreneurs about how newly legalized recreational marijuana is affecting the state. She found that popular attitudes that propelled full legalization of marijuana in Michigan are not necessarily shared by all public officials. Access to some stories listed in the Wisconsin Weekly roundup may be limited to subscribers of the news organizations that produced them. We urge our readers to consider supporting these important news outlets by subscribing.

Wisconsin Weekly: Climate change plays havoc with attempts to control mercury

Climate change = ‘roller coaster’ mercury levels; medical marijuana value questioned; reverse mortgages hurt some poor homeowners; WI probation and parole study dropped
Of note: This week we highlight a story by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Sarah Whites-Koditschek, the Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellow who is embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom. Whites-Koditschek writes about the findings of Wisconsin researchers that climate change is moving Wisconsin lake levels up and down, raising and lowering mercury levels in fish. This variation makes it hard to protect the environment — and people. “We like to see progress in mitigating pollution,” scientist Carl Watras said. “So, in a way, it (climate change) is adding an additional complicating factor to our attempts to have a cleaner planet and a cleaner world.”

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