Plagued by a stagnant economy, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is pushing a rewrite of his state's mining laws to clear the way for a massive open pit iron mine. Backers hope the project could rejuvenate an industry that helped build Wisconsin, although it's been mostly dormant for more than 50 years. But the proposal's sweeping changes to environmental protections have met fierce opposition in a state that also prides itself on its history of protecting the earth.
As digital technology continues to transform the way objects are manufactured, it's becoming more possible to produce an entire firearm at home. Amateur gunsmiths are now sharing the digital blueprints for making key parts of a gun online on a 3-D printer and one member of Congress has expressed concern about the implications of 3-D printed guns at airports and other public spaces.
The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case challenging a Voting Rights Act provision that requires some states to receive federal approval for elections rule changes. Shelby County says the system is outdated, but some black officials argue it's still necessary to ensure diverse voices in government.
It's been nearly two years since Oprah ended her daily show, and Chicago's been adjusting to the loss of the daytime talk queen. She left a void, but there's no need to write an obituary for the talk genre in Chicago. The city is still home to two shows, Windy City Live and the Steve Harvey Show.
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