Wisconsin Has Had 9 Gun-Related Homicides This Year
Friday, February 21, 2014, 5:00pm
This is an entry in a year-long series tracking all gun-related homicides in Wisconsin. So far this year there have been nine gun-related deaths in Wisconsin. John Chelig, 41, was shot and killed during an argument with a friend at his home in south Milwaukee on Tuesday; Benjamin Lee-Masch, 38, has...
Unemployment In Wisconsin, Then And Now
Friday, February 21, 2014, 5:15am
Unemployment in most Wisconsin counties during the recent recession peaked around February, 2010. Below, an overlay map of unemployment by county at that high point and as of November, 2013: mouseover or tap the counties for their specific statistics. 3.4% 14.2% Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor...
Wisconsin Counties' Employment Recovery, Visualized
Friday, February 21, 2014, 3:00am
Wisconsin's counties saw their highest unemployment rates of the last decade, by and large, in early 2010. Which of them have rebounded the most? Darker colors indicate bigger recoveries, but look closely: counties that never saw particularly high unemployment won't have had as far to recover...
For Older Workers, Unemployment Brings Particular Challenges
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 4:30pm
There's an expectation that if a person works hard and stays loyal to their employer, they'll eventually be able to retire. For some in Wisconsin nearing retirement age, though, that goal is being cut short.
Spectrum West for February 20, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 10:00am
James Hanke, manager of economic development for Xcel Energy, explains the process of garnering support for the public/private venture envisioned for downtown Eau Claire known as the Confluence Project on Spectrum West . Host Al Ross also welcomes Namji Kim, associate professor of music at...
Paper Industry Shutdowns Create Unemployment Crisis
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 6:15pm
A shuttered Wausau Paper mill stands over the the town of Brokaw, shadowing a community that is still suffering from a closure that resulted in 450 people losing their jobs.
Is The Skills Gap Real?
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 3:00pm
As Wisconsin's manufacturing sector continues to grow following its contraction during the Great Recession, economists are in the middle of a debate surrounding the “skills gap.” Is it real – o r is the actual problem low wages?
In Janesville, Hope And Slow Regrowth Around Shuttered GM Plant
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:45am
All eyes were on Janesville five years ago when General Motors closed its plant. It meant the loss of thousands of jobs at the plant and in nearby Rock County factories. Five years later, the plant is still shuttered, but the local economy is gradually gaining steam again.
First Gun-Related Killing Of 2014 Happens In Wausau
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 11:15pm
Editor's Note: So far this year, two people in Wisconsin have died in gun-related killings. Today, Wisconsin Public Radio launches an occasional, year-long series on gun-related deaths. We'll track where and why they occur, and follow law enforcement and community groups' efforts to try...
Spectrum West for September 19, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 10:00am
Spectrum West featured pianist and music teacher Nick Phillips talking about his new CD, American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano . Ross then welcomed Alan Grostephan, UW-Eau Claire Alumni who is back for the Blugold Visiting Writer Series. Grostephan talked about his highly praised book,...
Arts Groups Express Opinions To City Council On Confluence Project
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 6:00pm
Representatives of Chippewa Valley’s performing arts groups came together to express worries and concerns about the proposed Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire at a meeting in City Hall. The meeting was led by Kerry Kincaid, president of Eau Claire City Council. News reporter intern...
Spectrum West for August 22, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 10:00am
News Reporter Chia Vang files a report on a meeting between interested parties involved in development of the Confluence Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire; Host Al Ross talks with Bobbie Wilson, marketing chair for the Great River Folk Fest in La Crosse; Jed Malischke, Director of the Wisconsin...