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Battle over mine in Wisconsin takes familiar national tone

Environmental issues play out in other states

10:19 PM, Sep. 9, 2013
Gov. Scott Walker holds a copy of a controversial mining bill that he signed March 11 at a Milwaukee plant that makes mining equipment.
Gov. Scott Walker holds a copy of a controversial mining bill that he signed March 11 at a Milwaukee plant that makes mining equipment.
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While laughing children bob in kayaks along the sandy shores of Lake Superior, their somber parents hunch over picnic tables talking about their wild rice, their water, their fish and their way of life. Members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians worry about what is to become of their lake, a life source for their people.

Gov. Scott Walker, his fellow Republicans and the governor's onetime enemies, labor unions, are championing a $1.5 billion open pit mine planned for the Bad River watershed, six miles from the reservation in the pristine Penokee Hills of northern ...

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