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In Wisconsin reports on the recent World War II veterans’ Badger Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., how the Barron County power plant provides energy by burning land waste, PCB cleanup in the Fox River between De Pere and Green Bay, and features Spoken Word Artist Elijah Furquan’s expression of what climate change will mean in South Milwaukee.

Badger Honor Flight
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Emotional and amazing is how the recent “Badger Honor Flight” is described by those who went to Washington, D.C.  The flights are part of a national effort to take World War II veterans to see the memorials built in their honor. The journey is free of charge and each leg of the trip is designed to bestow gratitude on these veterans. In Wisconsin Reporter Frederica Freyberg along with videographer and veteran Butch Soetenga take you along for an emotional day long journey to our nation’s capital and back home again. 

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Barron Waste to Energy
Thursday, May 19, 2011

At a time of rising energy prices and dwindling landfill space, a small county in western Wisconsin believes it’s found a possible solution to both.  Barron County’s Waste-to-Energy plant burns raw garbage inside 450-degree cauldrons and turns the resulting steam into enough energy to power itself, a nearby cheese plant and other residents. In Wisconsin’s Adam Schrager shows you the only facility of its kind in Wisconsin and the recently completed $3 million expansion to help provide more energy.

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Fox River PCBs
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Paper companies once contaminated Wisconsin’s rivers with the toxic chemical called PCBs.  For the past ten years, environmental cleanup crews have been dredging the Fox River. The project is now in its final phase and includes a stretch from DePere to Green Bay. In Wisconsin’s Art Hackett reports on the cleanup as seen through the eyes of  a professor who has been studying PCBs and their effects on wildlife for most of his career.

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Climate Change: Extreme Heat
Thursday, May 19, 2011

There have been more deaths in Wisconsin since 1982 from extreme heat than any other natural disaster combined.  Temperatures are only expected to go up and the number of days in southern Wisconsin over 90 degrees is projected to double by 2055.  The inner city can be one of the areas hardest hit by heat. Spoken word artist, Elijah Furquan, uses a unique art form to express what climate change will mean in South Milwaukee.

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Devils Lake
Thursday, May 19, 2011

A scenic look at Devil’s Lake State Park in Sauk County.

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