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Toxicologists to discuss potential Riverside Park risks at public meeting

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — Two toxicologists will offer education and information next month during a public meeting about toxic substances discovered in a River Street neighborhood park. The public meeting comes nearly 10 years after the substances were detected in high levels beneath a culvert that discharges into Riverside Park. The park is nestled…

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Tens of thousands of Americans are driving with explosive devices in their cars. Are you?

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By Shereen Siewert On a sunny September Saturday nearly four years ago, Jewel Brangman, a model and gymnastics coach preparing to pursue a PhD at Standford, rented a car in California and was driving north toward Los Angeles when she rear-ended a minivan. The crash was minor. But on impact, Brangman’s air bag exploded with…

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State revokes auto dealers’ licenses

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Investigations uncover odometer fraud and other violations After thorough investigations, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently imposed licensing sanctions against several auto dealers for odometer fraud and other violations. Odometer fraud is the resetting, disconnecting or altering a vehicle’s odometer to conceal the true mileage. This costs consumers millions of…

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People gave millions of dollars to #NoDAPL. Where did the money go?

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By Paige Blankenbuehler/High Country News “The only way I’ll talk is if you sign over the rights to the interviews,” said Michael Wood. The 38-year-old activist slid a contract across the coffee shop table, complete with his aggressive, looping signature across the bottom of the page. It was just a few days before Christmas in…

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Medical marijuana’s ‘Catch-22’: Limits on research hinder patient relief

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By Marisa Taylor/Kaiser Health News By the time Ann Marie Owen, 61, turned to marijuana to treat her pain, she was struggling to walk and talk. She was also hallucinating. For four years, her doctor prescribed a wide range of opioids for transverse myelitis, a debilitating disease that caused pain, muscle weakness and paralysis. The…

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After coal dust coats SE Wis. neighborhood, We Energies to meet with residents

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The utility says blowing coal dust from a Southeast Wisconsin power plant is a “rare occurrence” and not part of an ongoing problem. By Kari Leiderson/Energy News Network In the 10 years Michelle Jeske’s sons have played at their local park, she said that never before did they get “a black bottom” from going down…

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Members of Congress to EPA: Act now on deadly chemical

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By Jamie Smith Hopkins/The Center for Public Integrity South Carolina’s two U.S. senators and one of its congressmen are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop delaying a decision to largely ban a toxic chemical in paint removers — calling the proposal an “urgent matter” after the death of a constituent last year. The…

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Could venomous snails help solve the opioid epidemic?

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By Lindsey Konkel, Science Journalist Opioids are powerful pain relievers, but their addictive nature also creates powerful trouble for those who misuse them. Worldwide, millions of people suffer from opioid dependency. Each day more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms across the United States for misusing prescription opioids. In the U.S, alone, roughly…

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