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One reason the Wisconsin State Senate rejected the nomination of Brad Pfaff as the state's agriculture secretary was proposed revisions to livestock siting rules. Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden discusses these proposals and the politics surrounding them.
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Nearly nine out of every 10 unmet requests from domestic violence survivors in Wisconsin are for housing resources. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin policy and systems analyst Abby Swetz discusses the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness.
How can all of the state's tiny, elusive nocturnal flyers be counted? That's not possible. But the downward spiral of several bat species in Wisconsin can be tracked through the work of passionate conservation professionals, specialized technology and, crucially, legions of enthusiastic volunteers.
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A bipartisan proposal in Wisconsin would make it easier to expunge criminal records for some non-violent offenses, such as marijuana possession. Legal Action of Wisconsin attorney Susan Lund discusses expungement rules and how they affect people seeking jobs, housing and credentials.
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As the 2020 enrollment period for the federal Health Insurance Marketplace opens, Covering Wisconsin lead navigator Adam Van Spankeren discusses changes to the enrollment period and available plans.
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A UW-Madison homecoming video sparked outcry over its lack of representation of diversity in the student body. The Student Inclusion Coalition subsequently formed in response, and member Kingsley-Reigne Pissang discusses how the group hopes to help the campus move forward.
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Ongoing trade disputes with China are impacting many Wisconsin businesses, including ginseng producers. Wausau area farm owner Will Hsu describes how these farmers are navigating the turmoil in the export market.
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Missy Hughes is the new secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and discusses the future of projects of Foxconn and other agency priorities, including manufacturing and workforce development.
How can livestock odors be measured and quantified in a systematic and fair way? Is it even possible to break down an odor into its component parts, or to identify an acceptable odor threshold? It turns out these questions are the subject of rigorous scientific research.
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Wisconsin has a law on its books that limits nuisance lawsuits against farmers. But as farms expand in size, the conflict with their neighbors grow as well. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses the state's "right-to-farm" law and debates over how to regulate growing farms.