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PHOTO: The American Lung Association in Wisconsin reminds people to follow all local laws and regulations regarding open burning to keep Wisconsin's air clean. (Photo by T.J. Morrissey)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - With spring comes an increase in open burning, with bonfires, campfires and burning yard waste. Dona Wininsky, director of public policy and communications for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, acknowledged that woodburning is a Wisconsin tradition, "but there are righ...Read More

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PHOTO: Keith Reopelle of Clean Wisconsin says Earth Day founder and Wisconsinite Gaylord Nelson's ideals are still alive, but there's a lot of work to do. (Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. - Gaylord Nelson, a former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator, founded Earth Day 44 years ago. According to Keith Reopelle, senior policy director of the state's largest environmental group, Clean Wisconsin, Nelson's ideals are still alive in Wisconsin. "We've done a great job of tha...Read More

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PHOTO: Lindsay Scheidell, American Heart Association in Wisconsin, says childhood obesity is parents' biggest health concern, and the battle is far from over. Photo courtesy American Heart Assn.-Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying childhood obesity rates are plummeting did not stand up when researchers took a more careful look at the data. The real numbers are cause for concern, according to Lindsay Scheidell, American Heart Assoc...Read More

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PHOTO: The president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, Chris Stombaugh, says the GM recall shows how the civil justice system is a check on corporations. (Photo provided by WAJ)

MADISON, Wis. – General Motors recently recalled 2.6 million vehicles to repair a faulty ignition switch that’s blamed for 13 deaths. Christopher Stombaugh, an attorney and president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says the only reason the public became aware of the problem w...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The Internal Revenue Service expects about 137,000 Wisconsinites to file for an extension today. Photo: IRS, U.S. Treasury Dept.

MADISON, Wis. - As of a few days ago, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had received about 73 percent of the 2.8 million individual federal tax returns expected from Wisconsin, and of those, 93 percent were e-filed. But the IRS expects 137,000 Wisconsinites won't make today's deadline. Marshall M...Read More

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PHOTO: There is concern from environmental groups about nitrate discharge getting into groundwater at a huge central Wisconsin farm. (Photo from Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon at the Adams County Community Center in Adams regarding a pollutant discharge permit for Burr Oak Heifers, a huge farm with thousands of head of cattle. The farm already has paid a fine ...Read More

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PHOTO: The liquid nicotine used to refill e-cigarettes is literally a poison that must be handled very carefully, says Registered Pharmacist Donna Lotzer, UW-Health Poison Education Coordinator. (Photo from the Food and Drug Administration)

MADISON, Wis. – E-cigarettes often are advertised as being safer than conventional cigarettes, but health experts say that claim has never been proven. Donna Lotzer, a registered pharmacist who is Poison Education Coordinator for UW-Health, says the liquid nicotine that is used to refill e-c...Read More

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PHOTO: Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) says there was broad bipartisan support for a bill she co-authored, that will make Wisconsin the first state in the nation to require outside investigation of police-involved shootings that result in a death. (Photo from Rep. Taylor's office)

MADISON, Wis. - When there's a death involving the actions of a law-enforcement officer in Wisconsin, the officer's own agency investigates the incident. However, both houses of the state Legislature have just passed a bill that requires outside investigators to run the probes. Rep. Chris Taylor, D...Read More

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