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Even with historic solar projects on horizon, Evers says state has much work to do

Gov. Tony Evers speaks on Thursday at an annual Renewable Energy Summit  held by the nonprofit group Renew Wisconsin held in Madison. Evers said a recent string of solar projects has happened despite, not because of, state policies, which he says continue ignore science and innovation. (Staff photo by Nate Beck)

Gov. Tony Evers told a room full of renewable-energy advocates on Thursday that solar projects and similar installations that flooded into Wisconsin in 2018 occurred even as many state policies continued to ignore, rather than embrace, science and innovation.

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Milwaukee committee favors pausing deconstruction policy, after blight spread in 2018

Officials at Augustine Preparatory Academy, a private school at 2607 S. 5th St. in Milwaukee, have long planned to tear down seven vacant houses across the street from their school to make room for a parking lot and other possible developments. But in early 2018, school officials learned a recently passed city law requiring historic houses to be deconstructed rather than demolished would make their demolition plans too expensive. School officials are now calling on the city to pause the enforcement of the deconstruction policy long enough to allow them to knock down the vacant properties, which have attracted crime. (Staff photo by Nate Beck)

After seeing the number of condemned properties increase in the city last year, Milwaukee officials voted on Tuesday to recommend postponement for a city policy requiring contractors to deconstruct rather than demolish historic houses.

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