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    PNS Daily News - June 28, 20160 


    Here’s a look at what’s making news: a Supreme Court abortion ruling could have implications across the nation; a victory for salmon habitats in Washington; and doctors urged to screen teens for suicide risk.

Public News Service - Wisconsin

A report shows income disparity in Wisconsin is huge, and the gap is widening. (DeanDrobot, iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Nearly $1 out of every $6 of income in Wisconsin wound up in the bank accounts of the top 1 percent of earners, according to the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) and the Wisconsin Budget Project. A report put out by the two groups says this means the income disparity betwe...Read More

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Urban heat islands, such as the city of Madison, affect the growing season and wildlife, according to a new University of Wisconsin study. (UW-William Graf)

MADISON, Wis. -- Urban-dwelling plants typically get a head start on the growing season compared with their rural counterparts because of the urban heat-island effect, which causes cities to be warmer than the surrounding countryside. According to researcher Samuel Zipper of the University of Wisco...Read More

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Wisconsin is a national leader in production of organic vegetables, and the state's heritage of family-owned farms fits perfectly with the growth of organic ag. (UW Extension)

SPRING VALLEY, Wis. - In addition to leading the nation in the number of organic dairy and beef farms, Wisconsin is second in total number of organic farms, and ranks first in number of farms raising organic hogs, pigs, layer chickens, and turkeys. The Badger state is also first in organic corn, o...Read More

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Two Wisconsin Democratic state representatives have written legislation that would force drug companies to become far more transparent and accountable for record high prices and profits. (sprng23/iStockPhoto.com)

MILWAUKEE – A new law being proposed by Democratic State Reps. Melissa Sargent of Madison and Deb Kolste of Janesville is aimed at bringing more transparency and accountability to drug manufacturers, which are reporting record high profits amid record high prices. Kevin Kane, organizing dire...Read More

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A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell...Read More

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An increasing number of multi-unit residential buildings are adopting a smoke-free policy, with support from the American Lung Association in Wisconsin. (Wikimedia Commons)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – Secondhand smoke contains more than 70 substances known to cause cancer, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed that all public housing authorities implement smoke-free policies. While the final ruling on this isn't expected until this fall, ...Read More

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Environmentalists say many of Wisconsin's small, clean streams are drying up because of high-capacity wells used to provide water for huge factory farms. (USGS-WI)

COLOMA, Wis. - As some of the lakes and streams in central Wisconsin are being drawn down or even disappearing, environmentalists are urging the Department of Natural Resources to exercise caution in approving high-capacity wells. The wells typically are used to provide water for the large factor...Read More

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Bringing back hemp as a fully lawful and viable crop for Wisconsin farmers is one of the projects supported by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. (MFAI)

EAST TROY, Wis. - Many years ago, Wisconsin was a national leader in the production of industrial hemp, but since the 1950s hemp has been banned by the federal government. There is a national movement to bring hemp back and this week is Hemp History Week. Allison Pratt-Szeliga, crop and soil re...Read More

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