WPR News Pieces

The following stories were produced during my internship at the Wisconsin Public Radio News department:

Madison Street Newspaper
09/03/07

Whoever said the age of the newspaper is over didn’t tell that to the staff of Street Pulse in Madison. The paper is one of many so-called “street newspapers” that are emerging across the country. It’s called a street newspaper because the streets are where nearly half of its staff lives. Mike Ewing profiles the newspaper, and the reporters that are trying to make homelessness front-page news again…
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Organic Farms Flood Woes
08/24/07

Nearly a quarter of Wisconsin’s organic farms are located in the southwestern counties declared Disaster Areas by Governor Doyle. And many owners of those farms are saying that outdated insurance policies are making it difficult for them to recover from the damage. Mike Ewing reports…
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Young Entrepreneurs Brand State Pride
08/10/07

While many Wisconsin residents don Cheeseheads in order to show their pride for the dairy state, it isn’t exactly causal apparel. But a new brand started by two UW-Madison students is proving to be a popular alternative. Mike Ewing reports…
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Activists Call for Impeachment Over Alleged Human Rights Abuses
7/24/07

Between now and Wednesday afternoon, protesters are bringing the alleged torture and mistreatment of prisoners at Guatanamo Bay to Madison’s State Street. Mike Ewing reports…
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Seasonal Residents Spur Concerns, Debate
07/04/05

The arrival of summer also means the arrival of new Wisconsin residents, as people flee crowded urban areas for wide-open spaces. Mike Ewing reports…
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UW Student Grants Delayed Due to Budget Uncertainty
06/28/07

Low-income college students asking for financial aid from Wisconsin after Wednesday (6/27/07) will have to wait for a compromise on the state’s budget to get an answer. Mike Ewing reports…
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Police Step Up Patrols to Curb Memorial Day Speeding
05/25/07

If you’re driving on an Interstate in southern Wisconsin today (5/24), you may want to slow down and buckle your seat belt. Police are heavily patrolling major highways in that part of the state. Mike Ewing reports…
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Ethanol Plant Will Make Fuel for Both People and Cars
05/23/07

An alternative-energy plant in Jefferson is not only going to provide ethanol, but also will double as a fish farm. Mike Ewing reports…
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Wisconsin Uses Tax Incentives to Attract Filmmakers
05/11/07

While Wisconsin has enjoyed a few starring roles in major motion pictures, advocates want it called back more often. A group that’s acting as the state’s agent just recently reopened its doors. Mike Ewing reports…
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Infected Swine Euthanized
04/30/07

Officials at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture announced today that two herds of pigs infected with the pseudorabies virus have been destroyed. The disease was first detected back on April 1st and was tracked to two different farms in Clark County. Mike Ewing reports…
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State Funds Save Programs for Homeless Youth
04/27/07

The state department of Health and Family services says there’s $200,000 in one-time grants, going out to programs that reach out to runaway and homeless kids. Mike Ewing reports…
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