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Solar energy is cheaper, more efficient and more widely available than ever, but its viability was never assured. Technologies that enable the conversion of sunlight into usable electricity are the products of an uncoordinated, decades-long series of events that followed a circuitous and halting path
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More people are being locked up in Wisconsin, and the increase in inmates in county jails and state prisons is costing taxpayers and straining capacity of corrections facilities in some places.
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When temperatures get cold in Wisconsin, that means the state's lakes start freezing over. Local historian Ann Waidelich shares the history behind ice harvesting - a big Wisconsin industry from yesteryear that relied on ice from the state's frozen lakes every winter.
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Wisconsin in 2018 saw its most sewer overflow events since 2010, with increasing volumes of discharged waste. Experts say the problem plagues communities across the Great Lakes. Driving the spike: intensifying rainfall due to climate change.
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Every year in Wisconsin, dozens of people get lost in the woods or need rescuing on the water. The people who are called out to look for them are trained like professionals, but get paid like volunteers.
WisContext is focused on the long haul. Examining how Wisconsin's history shapes its contemporary issues and looking forward at how these trends may develop was a consistent element of our coverage in 2019.
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Correspondence between Foxconn and the state of Wisconsin show growing conflict over the company's contract and status of public tax subsidies. Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan discusses the current status of the state's position on the agreement.
Before the widespread availability of electricity allowed Americans to cool food with the flip of a switch, they relied on iceboxes.
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The first of three proposals to change eligibility for food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has been finalized by the Trump administration. Here's what the finalized rule means for Wisconsin.
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High-paying jobs in Wisconsin are on the rise, according to a report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum. The report's author, Joe Peterangelo, discusses the state's overall employment trends, how they're growing in metro areas, and what's happening with high- and low-wage jobs.