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Most of the world’s rice production occurs oceans away from the United States. Molecular biologist Michael Schläppi dove into rice research in 2011, hoping to grow the grain in Wisconsin.

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Stories about ISIS remain in the news, including because a number of teens and adults in the U.S. have been arrested recently, for trying to join the extremist group.

WUWM spoke with local Muslims about the conversations those stories generate.

Teenagers told us the news reports contribute to prejudice and misunderstanding among people who don’t understand Islam.

Here are the comments of five 16-year-olds who attend the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s Salam School, on the city’s south side.

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The bird flu is wreaking damage in the Midwest, particularly at poultry farms. 

For example, in Iowa, the avian flu has claimed more than five million chickens.

Here in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency. According to the state's agriculture department, poultry farmers have had to destroy more than 300,000 birds.

Raechelle Cline wants to make one thing clear: the avian flu has no impact on public health.

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Dr. Marc Gorelick didn’t set out to make an environmental statement. He simply wants to set aside a few acres of green space for sick kids to find peace and quiet. 

Those acres just happen to be part of a contested piece of the Milwaukee County Grounds.

People have rallied behind different causes erupting around the public land.

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Wisconsin is one step closer to eliminating its 48-hour waiting period to get a handgun.

Senate Republicans approved the bill on Tuesday, not buying Democrats’ warning that the change could lead to more violence. Deadly shootings have skyrocketed in Milwaukee in recent weeks.

Wisconsin’s 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases has been in place for four decades.

But Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard says the requirement is outdated because the state can now conduct background checks in a matter of hours.

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Southwest Airlines created the Heart of the Community program to "activate public spaces in the heart of communities." 

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It will be at least three more years of orange barrels and detour signs in downtown Milwaukee, as the city, county and state work to make the area more accessible and attractive.

Officials will offer details about future phases if the Lakefront Gateway Project at a meeting Tuesday evening at O’Donnell Park.

Milwaukee's development commissioner Rocky Marcoux says the city has a world-class lakefront, but until now, it’s looked more like a loading dock.

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Forty-five years after Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day, Tia Nelson is caught between carrying on her father's legacy and hewing to the guidelines of her state government job.

    

The question a lot of people in Milwaukee want the answer to is, how does the community stop the gun violence? People gathered at a number of locations over the weekend to discuss the problem.

One case particularly disturbed residents last week. A gunman shot the driver to death, who accidentally struck and killed a toddler. The gunman also killed the toddler’s 15-year-old brother and eventually himself.

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The 20th annual cleanup attracted up to 4,000 volunteers, according to Milwaukee Riverkeeper. In the Kinnickinnic River, bagging debris and tire removal was combined with learning the science of the river. 

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