Reporter Alison Dirr just finished a yearlong internship with us, during which she covered the sprawling beat of Wisconsin’s fast-growing frac sand industry. We talk about that in the latest podcast. And below the audio link, further reflections from Dirr. Also, we now have music for the podcast. Alison Dirr: After a year as WisconsinWatch’s frac sand beat reporter, I’m leaving with a real appreciation of the complexity and nuance of this controversy. Continue Reading
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting has discovered that thousands of people are receiving non-FDA approved tests for Lyme disease, which may be giving unreliable results. The report includes a graphic showing the spread of Lyme disease over time — including to Wisconsin, which is one of the hotspots for the tick-borne disease. One of the testing companies is in Osceola, Wisconsin. Continue Reading
Obama’s climate plan could lead to more frac sand demand, the Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board loses a bid to stop mining within the riverway and North Carolina limits disclosure of fracking chemicals. Continue Reading
Lukas Keapproth, our globe-trotting former intern, was in Accra, Ghana Monday, where he watched the U.S.-Ghana World Cup soccer match with Ghanaian fans. He reported they were gracious after the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 in the first-round match. See Lukas’ photos and video here.
We launch a new feature today on the WisWatch blog: a roundup of the latest news in frac sand. This week: Glenwood City sand plant clears final hurdles, Buffalo County wins a court appeal of a permit, Gov. Scott Walker visits a frac sand mine. Continue Reading
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism took home eight awards Friday from the annual Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism contest, including six first place plaques. Continue Reading
Lawmakers must provide any documents they possess in response to an open records request. But they don’t need to provide documents they don’t have, and nothing compels them to keep documents.
Charles Franklin, a nationally recognized polling expert, will deliver the keynote address at the fourth annual WisconsinWatch.orgdog Awards. Continue Reading
Should enforcement of Wisconsin’s open records and open meetings laws depend on individual citizens having to file often costly and protracted lawsuits? That is one option prescribed under these laws, and those who prevail in such cases can recover attorney’s fees. But the laws also contain provisions intended to help people resolve disputes in a cheaper and less complicated way: Citizens can ask the state attorney general or county district attorney to sue a government authority, and any person can seek advice from the attorney general. Continue Reading
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism received eight awards in the Milwaukee Press Club’s annual Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism, which were announced today. The Center now has won 25 awards from the press club, receiving eight in 2013, four in 2012 and five in 2011.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative reporter Dave Umhoefer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 investigation into pension padding in Milwaukee County, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished WisconsinWatch.orgdog Award. Continue Reading