DAILY WISCONSIN

Health

Families fight factory farms

Families in central Wisconsin working to stop an industrialized factory farm from beginning operation know one outcome is certain.

With the inception of a Concentrated (Confined) Agricultural Feeding Operation (CAFO) comes pollution to water, air and earth to which children are especially susceptible.

Academics call these health and environmental costs, negative externalities.

Families call them mortal threats to children and health—as in Kewaunee and Door counties in northeastern Wisconsin.

Via MAL Contends . . .: Farmers investing in community earn respect, Polluting CAFO?s have none.

What’s in your water?

Soon after Walker took over and ordered the Wisconsin DNR to behave with a “chamber of commerce mentality,” the Legislature followed suit with a bill than unwound years of citizen/industry cooperation by greatly extending the time frame for the removal of waterway-choking, algae-feeding phosphorus chemical discharge pollution. Via Quickie hearing 5/12 presages even slower WI…

Good Decline

After years on the rise, Dane County sees fewer fatal heroin overdoses in 2014 http://t.co/bWx5iPiTMX pic.twitter.com/tNrtpNccOZ — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) May 3, 2015

Bird Flu Arrives

Highly contagious avian flu found at egg-laying facility in #Wisconsin http://t.co/9Y2YkYLoNY pic.twitter.com/qUnlkAa5EA — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) April 14, 2015

Dead Zones

Runoff is the state’s most serious water pollution problem. In Green Bay, pollutants from farm fields and other sources have helped create a dead zone, an area so low in oxygen that it can’t support most aquatic life. Via Scott Walker's budget cuts $5.7 million from runoff pollution remedies @ JSOnline.

Health

#Badgers football: Former UW great Chris Borland retiring from #NFL after only one season,… http://t.co/gFQVXw9btN pic.twitter.com/Ux2ZwCnqdH — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) March 17, 2015

Ineffectual

One Johnson staffer told the whistleblower that back in October, and the assertion has been repeated in media reports by another Johnson aide. But a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who ran the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Federal Contracting Oversight, said Sunday that the whistleblower complaints never reached her or others…

A year without vast piles of filth

Bayfield County message to proposed Iowa-based CAFO owners: "Leave, don’t consider coming back and take your pig [shite] with you," as Wisconsin lives in fear of a CAFO moving next to their residence or farm, advised by Iowa farmers that stopping the proposed Badgerwood LLC CAFO before it begins is the only solution Via Bayfield…

The VA’s Candy Man

An official confirmed that the state Department of Safety and Professional Services is investigating David Houlihan, chief of staff at the troubled Tomah facility. Houlihan had been given the nickname "Candy Man" by some vets for his supposedly easy and widespread distribution of painkillers. He wrote at least some of the prescriptions for a 35-year-old…