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Politics & Government

Stateside for Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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The tragic school shooting in Sparks, Nevada that left two kids injured and two people dead yesterday has revived the debate over gun violence and school safety.

Today, we take a closer look at what it will take to make Michigan schools safer.

Then, with overnight temperatures in the 30s and predictions of snow this week, we ask if we are headed for an early Winter.

First on the show, we explore a water dilemma that is brewing next-door, in Wisconsin.

The city of Waukesha is asking for permission to tap into Lake Michigan for drinking water to the tune of 10.1 million gallons a day.

Waukesha is in a real bind. The aquifer that has provided most of its drinking water for the last century has dropped so far that what's left has unhealthy levels of radium and salt, so the city is under a federal order to find a new source, and Lake Michigan is just 15 miles from the city of 70,000 in the Milwaukee suburbs.

But Waukesha has the bad luck to be a mile and a half outside the watershed boundary that encircles the five Great Lakes, and that opens up complicated questions that center on balancing the need for a public water supply with the need to protect the Great Lakes.

Knowing that many states and communities are casting longing eyes on the Great Lakes is what led to the Great Lakes Basin Compact, signed into law by President George W. Bush just before he left office.

Noah Hall is a Wayne State University law professor who helped draft the compact, and he joined us today.