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One of the first environmental scientists in northwest Wisconsin to raise concerns about how prepared the region was for more intense flooding is Randy Lehr.
Massive rainstorms hit northwest Wisconsin in 2012, 2016 and 2018, causing tens of millions of dollars in flood damage to public infrastructure. Local officials responsible for rebuilding hope they're able to make improvements to withstand more big storms when they come.
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An economic study examining the Foxconn tax credits details how the state could still face high costs even if it renegotiates the contract. Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research discusses these findings.
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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, better known as PFAS, can contaminate groundwater and pose health risks to people. Multiple Wisconsin municipalities are considering how to deal with PFAS, and Wisconsin DNR Sec.-Designee Preston Cole discusses the state's response to the issue.
For many school children, the summer months mean a lack of adequate food, including a well-balanced school lunch on a daily basis.
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As the Wisconsin Public Service Commission considers the proposed high-voltage Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line, residents of the corridor stretching from Dubuque, Iowa to Middleton voice concerns about its necessity and potential impacts.
Nurse-midwife Karli-Rae Kerrschneider wanted the same supportive birth experience she promises her own patients — and that included the use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to dull her discomfort.
A bipartisan effort in the Wisconsin Legislature is seeking to add money to a fund that helps forgive loan debt for minority teachers. Higher Education Aids Board executive secretary Connie Hutchison discusses the proposal and its changes to the program.
Wisconsin's budget-writing committee approved a two-year extension for the state's stewardship fund that purchases land for outdoor recreation and environmental protection. Wisconsin Policy Forum research director Jason Stein discusses the program's funding.
Wisconsin's agricultural bounty is possible thanks in part to the state's voluminous supply of freshwater. At the same time, the use of this resource to grow crops and nourish livestock poses risks to the quality of these waters.