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The original. (8/16/2014)
Auto loans to borrowers considered subprime, those with credit scores at or below 640, have spiked in the last five years. The jump has been driven in large part by the demand among investors for securities backed by the loans, which offer high returns at a time of low interest rates. Roughly 25 percent of all new auto loans made last year were subprime, and the volume of subprime auto loans reached more than $145 billion in the first three months of this year.
But before they can drive off the lot, many subprime borrowers like Ms. Bolender must have their car outfitted with a so-called starter interrupt device, which allows lenders to remotely disable the ignition. Using the GPS technology on the devices, the lenders can also track the cars’ location and movements.
Deb Dix, the Department of Natural Resources' point person on industrial sand mining, agreed that demand is growing. Her latest tally: 140 mines, processing plants and rail sites can be found across the state. In 2010, there were five sand mines and five processing plants, according to the DNR.
Don Keefer played many distinctive roles in a long acting career. He was the son of Willy Loman’s neighbor in the original Broadway cast of “Death of a Salesman,” which opened in 1949, and for the next half-century he was a sought-after character actor onstage and in films, including “The Caine Mutiny,” Woody Allen’s “Sleeper” and “Liar, Liar,” starring Jim Carrey.
Mile-a-minute (Persicaria perfoliata), an invasive plant from Asia, is a sticky vine with tiny barbs and triangular leaves that grows six inches a day, climbing over shrubs and trees, until the landscape is cloaked in a dense, tangled mat of pale green. Called the kudzu of the north, it deprives plants of light and air, so they fail to flower and fruit. Seedlings of native trees and shrubs don’t stand a chance.
The seeds of mile-a-minute weed are thought to have come into the eastern United States on rhododendron plants imported from Asia in the 1930s. The plant was observed in a nursery in southern Pennsylvania in 1946, and by the mid-1990s was spreading through the Mid-Atlantic region, where it is now considered an invasive weed. By 2000, it was moving through Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
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With mating season for Wisconsin's whitetail deer population starting soon, authorities are expecting a sharp increase in car-deer accidents.
Last year, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies handled 18,338 reported deer vs. vehicle crashes. Waukesha County had the most reported crashes with 809 last year, according to Department of Transportation statistics. Dane County was second with 786 and Shawano County with 748 reported crashes. Many car-deer accidents are not reported.
Small business owner, Brenda Tabor-Adams, lives with her husband and 2-year-old son in a silica frac sand mining district between New Auburn and Chetek, WI. They are surrounded by mines. Two separate facilities are within a third of a mile and three more are within one mile of her once-quiet, rural property. In addition, several more mines are proposed or already operating nearby. Brenda's clients now compete with 1,000 sand trucks per day, or 20 trucks every 15 minutes, in order to get their horse trailers in and out of her property. With trucks running for 12 hours/day, 6 days/week, her life has been turned upside down. Dismissed as "collateral damage" by local officials, she fears for the environmental impact, the health of her family and neighbors and the sustainability of her small business.WiVoices.org
Resident Brenda Tabor-Adams said, "The trucks drive past here, and there's sand on the road, there's sand on the ditch, so I do get a lot in my house."
All that blowing sand is a health concern for Tabor-Adams. Her farm is surrounded by four sand mines.
"After now dealing with it for a couple of years, I am starting to get some respiratory issues," she said. "Wheezing. It'll wake me up at night."
Trinko has not opened the windows of her house since the fall of 2012.
“The billowing of silica sand has not abated since the mine was constructed in 2011. One truck passes down my road every three minutes or less,” she said. “My life has been negatively impacted by this industry. I am resisting the idea of moving. But a person’s life is priceless.”
According to the report, there are thousands of others living in close proximity to sand mines and processing centers, with little to no oversight by the government to monitor the impacts of the industry on the water supply or the air quality.