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Surveying Prairies to Save Prairiesnew

New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows human influence has accelerated the rate of species change in prairies.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff  |  03-10-2016  |  Environment

Christmas Bird Count is critical for Wisconsin speciesnew

They don their holiday apparel and accessorize — fleece jackets, knit caps, hiking boots, scopes and binoculars. Thousands of citizen scientists, most of them avid birders, flock together in December and early January to celebrate a holiday pastime: the Christmas Bird Count.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff  |  12-04-2015  |  Environment

Koch Industries Makes Play on College Campusesnew

University of Wisconsin students cheered as the Badgers rolled over Rutgers. But there also was a smattering of boos and catcalls off the field because, on one of the most liberal college campuses in America, the very un-liberal Koch Industries bought sponsorship of the game.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff and Staff writer  |  11-05-2015  |  Education

Sunken treasure? Lake Michigan shipwrecks could buoy local economiesnew

Wisconsin’s sunken wealth is not in gold or silver, but in shipwrecks — schooners and tugs, barges and canallers, many of them built in the 19th century and once engaged in the economic expansion of the United States.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff  |  10-22-2015  |  Environment

Socialist Party to Convene in Milwaukeenew

The Socialist Party USA is returning to its roots — in Milwaukee The party’s national convention takes place Oct. 16–18 at the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, 926 E. Center St., Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff  |  09-30-2015  |  Politics

Lawmakers brewing up reform to help craft beer industrynew

Raise your mugs, craft beer drinkers and give a hardy “here-here” to the members of the congressional small brewers caucuses, which are not groups of lawmakers who gather for Capitol Hill happy hours. Rather, members of the House Small Brewers Caucus and the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus are leading an effort to reform federal regulations to help the craft beverage industry grow and modernize. Members include Wisconsin Democrats Tammy Baldwin and Ron Kind.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff  |  09-30-2015  |  Business & Labor

Water Woes: Waukesha’s quest to divert Lake Michigan water challengednew

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources opened the floodgates and in poured opposition to Waukesha’s quest to divert water from Lake Michigan.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff  |  09-11-2015  |  Environment

Global Union celebrates 10 years of multicultural musicnew

When you start a music festival from scratch, it’s not supposed to go as well as Global Union has gone. But Alverno Presents’ annual world music festival is the exception that proves the rule. Neither artistic director David Ravel nor assistant director Rory Trainor would say putting the festival together is easy — either back when they were working on the inaugural 2006 edition or the 10th anniversary show later this month — but they do admit it’s been increasingly successful since day one.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Matthew Reddin  |  09-11-2015  |  Music

Outdated Laws Trap People of Color in Prison Systemnew

For decades, the United States has had the world’s largest prison population — by far. Though just over 4 percent of the world’s population lives in the United States, we account for 22 percent of the world’s prisoners.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Louis Weisberg  |  09-11-2015  |  Race & Class

Journalism Groups Challenge Government Press Restrictionsnew

The 49th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act arrived this summer with dozens of newspaper groups challenging policies and orders keeping government affairs out of the sunshine and shielded from public review.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff  |  09-02-2015  |  Media

Not Your Mascotnew

Students lead push to ban Native American sports team imagery.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff  |  07-02-2015  |  Culture

The Race to Save Pollinating Honeybeesnew

A global battle is underway to protect endangered bees and other pollinators from threats created by people.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff and Staff writer  |  06-18-2015  |  Environment

Buddies Building Bobblehead Hall of Fame, Museum in Milwaukeenew

Bobbles are popular enough these days to give Phil Sklar and Brad Novak big heads. These Milwaukee buddies are the brains and believers behind the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which they hope to open in the city in late 2016.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff  |  06-08-2015  |  Features

Preserving Pridenew

For the past seven years, Tim Gold has collected more than 5,000 artifacts documenting the LGBT civil rights movement and the lives of LGBT people — enough items to fill a museum. And that’s just what he and supporters of the National LGBT Museum plan.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Lisa Neff  |  06-08-2015  |  LGBT

The Weepies turn a year of struggle into a powerful return to formnew

Since releasing "Be My Thrill" in 2010, the married folk pop duo The Weepies moved to Iowa, had a third child and faced a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2013. But with the cancer in remission, the band is back on the road and showing their talents in new venues — including, unexpectedly, the BMI Pop Awards.
Wisconsin Gazette  |  Bill Lamb and Contributing writer  |  05-21-2015  |  Profiles & Interviews

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