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    PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 20150 

    A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

Public News Service - Wisconsin

PHOTO: One of the featured speakers at the Seventh Annual Wisconsin Progressive Grassroots Festival in Mazomanie Saturday is state Rep. Sondy Pope, D-Cross Plains, who says the Citizens United decision has allowed wealthy people and corporations to purchase election results. (Photo credit:

MAZOMANIE, Wis. - The Wisconsin Progressive Grassroots Festival is one of the largest gatherings of its sort in the nation, and the festival this Saturday at Wisconsin Heights High School in Mazomanie will be the seventh annual get-together. The event features more than 20 sessions on current politi...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A white paper report from a Kentucky-based foundation says greater transparency in health care, both in terms of price and quality, are necessary to improve overall health and well-being. Graphic credit:

MADISON, Wis. - Horror stories about the costs of health care abound; the exorbitant price of an aspirin or a box of tissue on a hospital bill, for example. A white-paper report from a health care foundation says giving consumers clear information about prices is the first step toward improving the...Read More

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PHOTO: Nearly $17 million was spent on fall legislative races in Wisconsin, up from $16.5 million in the last round of legislative elections in 2012, according to the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Photo credit:

MADISON, Wis. - The amount of money spent in the 2014 Wisconsin fall legislative elections was $16.8 million, slightly higher than the $16.5 million spent in 2012 but well short of the $19.2 million spent in 2010. Mike Buelow, research director of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which...Read More

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PHOTO: Workplace injuries in Wisconsin usually are handled through the Workers Compensation System. Wisconsin's system is regarded as a model for the rest of the nation, but legislation being proposed would radically change the system, which many litigators say would cost millions and result in a far less effective and predictable system. (Photo credit:

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - In 1911, Wisconsin passed the nation's first worker's compensation program and to this day it is still considered a model for the rest of the nation. Proposed legislation would dismantle the program and many litigators, such as Milwaukee attorney Mike Gillick, say the proposed chan...Read More

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PHOTO: Democratic State Representative Chris Taylor of Madison, co-author of Wisconsin's unique law that requires outside investigation when a police officer shoots and kills someone, is confident the new law will work in the recent incident in Madison where a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man. But she says the state Division of Criminal Investigation needs funds to hire more investigators. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Taylor)

MADISON, Wis. - In the wake of the shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri early this morning, more eyes may turn to Wisconsin and its similar troubles. Just under a year ago, Wisconsin became the first state in the nation to pass a law that forbids police agencies from investigating incidents thems...Read More

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PHOTO: The Environmental Law and Policy Center says renewable-energy sources such as wind and solar continue to represent thousands of jobs in Wisconsin, and present the potential for huge growth in the coming years. Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - Solar- and wind-energy companies account for a lot of jobs and economic activity in Wisconsin, according to a new report that says the state has huge growth potential in renewable energy. Renewables are a big part of the state's economy, said Andy Olsen, senior policy adviser at the...Read More

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PHOTO: An analysis shows solid demand for alternative and renewable fuels such as E85. Driving a flex-fuel vehicle can make a huge difference in air quality, because of the substantially reduced tailpipe and noxious gas emissions. Using E85 also significantly reduces CO2 emissions, which contribute to global climate change. (Photo credit: Clean Wisconsin)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – Demand for E85 and other alternative and renewable fuels such as bio-diesel will continue strong at least through 2023, according to an analysis from the Fuels Institute. The analysis is good news for air quality in the state, according to Danielle Clark, coordinator of th...Read More

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PHOTO: A huge open pit iron ore mine proposed for northern Wisconsin is not going to happen, because of the efforts of a number of groups that said the mine would do massive and irreversible environmental damage. The proposed mine would have been four and a half miles long and a mile deep. (Photo credit:

MADISON, Wis. - After five years of trying to get permits and approval for a huge open pit taconite mine in Wisconsin's Northwoods at the southern shore of Lake Superior, Gogebic Taconite Corporation has announced it is closing up shop in Wisconsin. The company says further attempts to develop th...Read More

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