Briefs

Betsy DeVos at a podium at the US Dept of Education

More controversy around vouchers, DeVos

BY: - September 17, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s “back-to-school” tour kickoff at a private Milwaukee voucher school triggered a passionate response from public-school advocates and voucher-school defenders alike. In her speech at St. Marcus Lutheran School, DeVos denounced “the education cabal” that “puts other issues above what’s right for students.” DeVos blamed school administrators for wasting money […]

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Milwaukee County tackles restoring voting rights to ex-offenders

BY: - September 17, 2019

Milwaukee County Supervisors Sequanna Taylor is proposing a resolution to restore and protect the voting rights of people on parole or probation. Nearly 65,000 people in Wisconsin are denied the right to vote after they have served time and paid their debt to society, Taylor explained, because they are still “on paper.” “When a person […]

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Gov. Evers gets loose on state podcast

BY: - September 15, 2019

It might never reach an audience the size of “Call Your Girlfriend,” “Pod Save America,”  or “WTF with Marc Maron,” but the Department of Workforce Development has joined the wonderful world of podcasting.  The idea came out of brainstorming including DWD’s secretary-designee, Caleb Frostman, and the department’s communications staff. “Anytime we can tell our story […]

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Does GOP snark boost Dems case in lame-duck lawsuits?

BY: - September 12, 2019

In putting out a caustic press release on Wednesday, did Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) inadvertently help Attorney General Josh Kaul’s office make its case that the Republican-controlled legislature is crossing lines separating legislative and executive branches of power? The release from the two Joint Finance Committee (JFC) co-chairs, shared […]

Special Memories Zoo sued over animal living conditions

BY: - September 11, 2019

For years, Tanya and Teagan, two endangered tigers, have drawn crowds to the Special Memories roadside zoo in Greenville, Wisconsin. People paid for tickets to gather around their cramped cages. Those same people took pity on the animals for their algae-choked watering holes, rotten food, and unchanged enclosure bedding. Now, the tigers might find a […]

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AG Kaul: Settlement with Oxycontin maker fails to provide justice

BY: - September 11, 2019

On Wednesday, Purdue Pharma moved to tentatively settle with 23 states, as well as thousands of local governments and Native American tribes, all of which have blamed the company for playing a key role in the nation’s opioid addiction crisis.  Purdue is the manufacturer of Oxycontin. Owned by the Sackler family, Purdue has been fighting […]

Non-lethal pesticide to be used to deter sandhill cranes

BY: - September 11, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) is moving forward with a new, non-lethal pesticide. Avipel will be applied to corn seed in Wisconsin to discourage sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) from consuming and destroying crops. The news raised concerns for crane advocates who are worried about negative impacts the program may have […]

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Milwaukee County passes lead lateral removal resolution

BY: - September 9, 2019

Milwaukee County Supervisor John Weishan Jr. is pushing for the replacement of lead pipes connected to property owners’ water meters known as “laterals” with two new proposals, put forward during the Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee meeting last Wednesday. “It’s about time the local government took action to address the lead crisis in our […]

Several types of vaping products associated with lung disease

Update: Vitamin E in vapes offers clues to lung disease outbreak

BY: - September 9, 2019

The New York Department of Health (NYDH) might have stumbled upon an explanation for the rash of vaping-related lung disorders reported nationwide since August. Officials say that nearly all the tested vapes, sold as containing cannabis, also had high levels of vitamin E. A NYDH press release on the findings notes that vitamin E isn’t […]

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UW hospital backlog ‘worst that I have seen’

BY: - September 9, 2019

A surge in people needing inpatient treatment at UW Health University Hospital in Madison last week led to a backlog. As many as 25 patients had to wait in the hospital’s emergency department before they could be admitted to hospital inpatient units where they were treated. The backlog “was the worst that I have seen,” […]

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Milwaukee bus drivers reject offer; talks to resume

BY: - September 6, 2019

Milwaukee County Transit System workers Thursday evening rejected the latest contract offer from system management and authorized leaders of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 to call a strike “if necessary.” The voted to reject was 84%, the union said in a statement.  Union president James Macon called on MCTS management “to come back to […]

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Waukesha sheriff’s deal with ICE

BY: - September 5, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin has learned that the Waukesha County sheriff’s office is the state’s only police department to enter into an agreement  with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use local officers to enforce federal immigration law.  According to the ACLU, Sheriff Eric Severson renewed the agreement on July 1  […]