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Local microfinance group Working Capital for Community Needs helps alleviate poverty

Coffee is a fickle crop. Production depends on the amount of rainfall, soil composition, pests, sun exposure and disease. Too much or too little of anything, and the output falls. Unpredictable rainy seasons and a new fungus have reduced yields in Central America and made income even less dependable in recent years. Farmers must usually wait until after coffee has been processed and exported to get paid, and often run out of money between harvests, forcing them to borrow or do without. >More
 Wisconsin GOP pushes to limit corporate liability

As a steamfitter for the Wisconsin Electric Power Company in Milwaukee, Robert Hass' job was to install and repair the steam pipes that heat city buildings. Unibestos, a product made from asbestos, was used to insulate the pipes. Hass died in 2011 from mesothelioma, a painful cancer that starts in the lining of the lungs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asbestos is a known carcinogen and considered the primary cause of a number of diseases, including mesothelioma. >More
 Roggensack holds sizeable lead over Fallone in Wisconsin Supreme Court fundraising

Over a recent six-week period, Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Ed Fallone has seen a huge increase in campaign donations -- nearly quadrupling his total receipts -- but incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack is still far ahead in the quest for cash. New filings with the Government Accountability Board reveal that the candidates took in a combined $530,000 over the period between Feb. 5 and March 18, most of which came in after the Feb. 19 primary. >More
 Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson defends Wisconsin Supreme Court's role to Joint Finance Committee

During Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson's budget testimony before the Joint Finance Committee, some Republican lawmakers took the opportunity to ask politically motivated questions that strayed from the subject at hand. >More
 Rent-to-own companies revive lobbying efforts in Wisconsin to pass disclosure requirements exemption

Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal to exempt rent-to-own companies from having to disclose interest rates to customers may end a long-fought battle for such businesses, who have spent close to $900,000 since 2003 lobbying state lawmakers on the issue. Rent-to-own companies are currently regulated as credit lending institutions, which Walker's measure seeks to change. >More
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