Articles by Rob Ferrett

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A lung illness public health officials have linked with vaping and e-cigarettes has gotten international attention and led to new scrutiny of their health effects. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin pulmonologist Dr. Louella Amos discusses how physicians uncovered the cause.
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As Wisconsin braces for climate change and a future with more flooding, a conservationist discusses the role that wetlands can play.
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A years-long slump in Wisconsin school enrollment is continuing. Sarah Kemp, a researcher with the University of Wisconsin Applied Population Lab explains why — and in which types of school districts — these drops are happening.
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Water quality in Madison's Lake Mendota is changing, and it turns out the sludge at the bottom of it can help explain why. Jake Walsh, a researcher who formerly studied the lake at the UW-Madison Center for Limnology, discusses what scientists are learning.
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The stage had been set for a public health scare prompted by vaping long before July 2019, when health officials in Wisconsin announced a cluster of severe lung illnesses in eight otherwise healthy teens in the state.
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Wisconsin's so-called "minimum markup law" was debated this year, when Gov. Tony Evers proposed eliminating it as part of his road and infrastructure budget. UW-Eau Claire geographer Ryan Weichelt explains how this Depression-era law affects gas prices in the Eau Claire area.
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Research shows that Wisconsin trails behind other states when it comes to new business development. University of Wisconsin-Extension community development specialist Matthew Kures discusses its potential impact on the state's economy.
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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.
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What are the challenges several northwest Wisconsin counties face from extreme precipitation? WisContext associate editor Will Cushman and former Northland College professor Randy Lehr discuss the growing costs flooding poses to public infrastructure.
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A bubbling sense of uncertainty enveloping Foxconn's plans for its manufacturing and research operations in Wisconsin has sparked considerable speculation around the state in the opening months of 2019.