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a.MKE: Natural Heritage Conservation Program, Body Worlds, Biden in Asia and Nonhuman Rights Project 12.3.13

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching a new weekly news feature focused around our state's special places, native plants and wildlife. The Natural Heritage Conservation program will include weekly contests, photos and information abut endangered plants and wildlife found in Wisconsin. Find out how you can sign up to receive more info here.

Body Worlds, the exhibit from controversial physician Dr. Gunther von Hagens known for preserving human organs and bodies in lifelike situations, is returning to the Milwaukee Public Museum in February. The exhibit will focus on aging and the human life cycle.

Vice President Joe Biden began took trip to Asia this week and found himself in the midst of an increasingly tense standoff between Japan and China over Beijing's creation of a zone of restricted airspace over islands in the East China Sea. Mr. Biden was hoping to stick to his agenda, covering issues from a trans-Pacific trade agreement to the nuclear threat in North Korea.

A U.S. animal rights group filed the first lawsuit seeking to establish the "legal personhood" of chimpanzees. The non-profit Nonhuman Rights Project asked a New York state court to declare a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy "a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned". The group hopes to get Tommy released to a primate sanctuary from where he is now.....a small cage being held on private property.