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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Public News Service - Wisconsin

PHOTO: Amber Meyer Smith of the state's largest environmental group, Clean Wisconsin, says the founder of Earth Day, former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, would probably not be very proud of what's been happening in Wisconsin lately with huge budget cuts to environmental programs. Photo credit: Clean Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. - Earth Day was established by former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Amber Meyer Smith, director of programs and government relations for the state's largest environmental organization, Clean Wisconsin, said that in the last few years, the state has been backs...Read More

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PHOTO: State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) will once again introduce legislation to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use in Wisconsin, saying the most dangerous thing about marijuana is that it remains illegal in Wisconsin. Photo credit: Dylan Brogan

MADISON, Wis. – To state Rep. Melissa Sargent, a Madison Democrat, the numbers tell the story when it comes to legalizing marijuana use in Wisconsin. Each time a police officer makes a stop for marijuana possession, it costs taxpayers on average $425, and there are far more arrests for marij...Read More

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Photo: A new citizen group called Blue Jean Nation has been founded in Wisconsin with the aim of becoming a home for people who feel the two major parties don't listen to them. The group's founder says Blue Jean Nation will not be a third party, but will attempt to make the two major parties change their ways and become responsive to the will of the people, not the will of wealthy donors. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

ALTOONA, Wis. - Our goal is to make concern for the common good far less uncommon, according to the founder of a new Wisconsin citizen group called Blue Jean Nation. Mike McCabe, founder and president of the new group, says Blue Jean Nation will not be a third party. "The goal is not to have three ...Read More

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Photo: According to the non-partisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, outside interests spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to influence voting in Wisconsin's spring election. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, Wis. - Although outside political money had a big impact on the referendum to change the way the Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice is selected, it did not have much impact on the state Supreme Court race. That's according to Matt Rothschild, executive director of the nonpartisan money-t...Read More

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Photo: Jennifer Epps-Addison, executive director of Wisconsin Jobs Now, says large events are planned in Milwaukee and Madison next week as part of a national day of protests on April 15 aimed at raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Photo credit: WI Jobs Now

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Madison and Milwaukee were the sites of minimum-wage protests last week, and now organizers say a much larger event is planned for next Wednesday, April 15, which will involve low-wage workers in cities all across the Badger State. Jennifer Epps-Addison, executive director of Wisc...Read More

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PHOTO: Spring brings change and renewal, and tree pollen can mean miseries for allergy and asthma sufferers. A Milwaukee allergist says the key to getting through the spring allergy season is working with your doctor to develop a plan to deal with allergies, knowing what triggers your allergic reactions, and having appropriate medications on hand to deal with reactions. Photo credit: T. J. Morrissey

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - For the half-million Wisconsinites with asthma and those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the question is the same every year around this time, how bad will this year be? Milwaukee allergist Dr. Gary Stevens always answers that question with a tongue-in-cheek response. "Everyb...Read More

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PHOTO: According to a recent survey, 85 percent of Wisconsinites actively support recycling. All four of the state's professional recycling organizations have come out strongly against proposed cuts to the state's recycling programs, saying the cuts would move the state backward. Photo credit: co.saint-croix.wi.us

WAUSAU, Wis. - All four of the state's professional recycling organizations have come out strongly against proposed cuts of more than $4 million in financial assistance to local governments in the state's budget. Supporters of the cuts say local governments can pick up the slack and that the cuts a...Read More

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Photo: Wednesday is National Walking Day, and Madison cardiologist Dr. John Phelan recommends a brisk 30-minute walk at least five days a week for everyone. He sees tangible health and well-being benefits. Photo credit: Dean/St. Mary's Health Care

MADISON, Wis. – This Wednesday is National Walking Day, a day the American Heart Association reminds people that there are countless ways to get healthier through exercise and walking is a great way to do it. Dr. John Phelan is a cardiologist at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, who says there...Read More

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