Wisconsin http://northernpublicradio.org en Protecting Birds And Bats On Wind Farms http://northernpublicradio.org/post/protecting-birds-and-bats-wind-farms <p>Do you have any ideas about protecting birds and bats from wind turbines in Illinois, Wisconsin and six other Midwestern states?</p><p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input as it works with the states to develop a plan for habitat conservation while promoting clean energy.</p><p>Some species of bats are particularly vulnerable to striking turbines at wind energy facilities. Fish and Wildlife representative Georgia Parham says one solution may be for wind energy companies to change how they operate turbines.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:42:34 +0000 WNIJ 17686 at http://northernpublicradio.org Protecting Birds And Bats On Wind Farms Mixed Showings For GOP Veterans In Fla., Wis. http://northernpublicradio.org/post/mixed-showings-gop-veterans-fla-wis <p>Two longtime Republicans, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and Rep. John Mica of Florida, turned back conservative challengers in primaries on Tuesday while 12-term Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida was trailing tea party challenger Ted Yoho, a veterinarian and political novice.</p><p>Yoho&#39;s strong showing was the surprise of the night as four states held primaries, including Connecticut and Minnesota. He was ahead of Stearns by less than 900 votes, complete but unofficial primary results showed.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:24:55 +0000 Mike Moen & Associated Press 16764 at http://northernpublicradio.org Mixed Showings For GOP Veterans In Fla., Wis. Drought worsens in Illinois, Wisconsin -- but there's a bright spot http://northernpublicradio.org/post/drought-worsens-illinois-wisconsin-theres-bright-spot <p>The drought in southern Wisconsin has been officially declared severe, and all of Illinois is now officially in a drought &hellip; but there is one crop that seems to be doing fine despite the hot weather.</p><p>Officials at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Nebraska say Cook County is fully in a moderate drought for the first time this year. ... But that isn&#39;t the worst of it.</p><p>Far southern Illinois is designated as being in an exceptional drought, which is the most serious classification.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:59:43 +0000 WNIJ 14923 at http://northernpublicradio.org Small margin, big turnout expected in Wisconsin vote http://northernpublicradio.org/post/small-margin-big-turnout-expected-wisconsin-vote <p>Both sides of the recall election targeting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are prepared for a razor-thin margin as the Republican tries to become the first U.S. governor to successfully fend off a recall effort.</p><p>Also targeted in today&rsquo;s voting are Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and majority control of the state Senate.</p><p>A record turnout -- estimated as high as 65 percent of registered voters &ndash; is expected. Polls opened at 7 a.m., and voting continues until 8 p.m.</p><p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:31:58 +0000 Victor Yehling 12826 at http://northernpublicradio.org