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Questions about Racine, Kenosha shooting investigation

BY: - January 18, 2023

Details continue to emerge regarding a vehicle chase and officer-involved shooting Monday in Kenosha. The incident involved sheriff’s deputies from Kenosha and Racine counties, as well as Wisconsin State Patrol troopers, and ended near the Great Lakes Dragaway. At around 3:30 p.m. a Racine County deputy initiated a car chase which crossed into Kenosha County. […]

Gov. Evers appoints southwest Wisconsin farmer to Natural Resources Board

BY: - January 13, 2023

Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday that he was appointing Viroqua dairy farmer Paul Buhr to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board in a step that will further the Democrats’ newfound control over the body responsible for guiding the state’s environmental policies.  Buhr is being appointed to replace Republican appointee William Bruins, who resigned from the board […]

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Bail amendment speeds through committee votes

BY: - January 13, 2023

A proposal to create stricter bail laws by amending the Wisconsin Constitution is quickly making its way through legislative committees. Following an hours-long joint public hearing on Tuesday, the proposal passed  the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in a 5-3 vote and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary 6-1. If adopted, the amendment would […]

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Lower Fox River PCB cleanup project officially complete

BY: - January 11, 2023

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that it has finished the Lower Fox River PCB clean-up project. The clean-up focused on polychlorinated biphenyl compounds (PCBs). Although the clean-up itself was completed in 2020, a final stage known as a state closure was only recently approved. State closures can only be issued once […]

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James Bond, first openly gay cabinet secretary, appointed to run Veterans Affairs

BY: - January 10, 2023

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers appointed James Bond to serve as secretary of the state Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday, making Bond the first openly gay cabinet secretary in state history.  Bond, who previously worked as deputy secretary, joined the department in 2010 where he has held positions as the administrator of the Divisions of […]

Protesters gather for a Milwaukee Autonomous Union action during the summer of 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Evictions in Milwaukee rise, tenants under pressure

BY: - January 6, 2023

Evictions in the Milwaukee area were 51% above average for the region in the first 10 days of December, according to Eviction Lab at Princeton University, which has published the first ever dataset of evictions across the U.S. since 2000. The December data for Milwaukee represents the largest surge in eviction filings in recent months. […]

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USDA awards grants and loan guarantees for smaller meat processors in 15 states

BY: - January 6, 2023

In an ongoing effort to diversify the country’s meat processing and create new markets for smaller livestock producers, the federal government is distributing about $3.9 million of grant money and guaranteeing loans that total $5.7 million for more than two dozen projects in 15 states. “We are just in the beginning processes of this,” Tom […]

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DNR extends wolf management plan public comment period

BY: - January 5, 2023

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is extending the public comment period on its proposed plan for wolf management in the state through February. Initially set to end Jan. 10, the allotted time for the public to weigh in on the first update to the plan since 2007 has been extended until Feb. 28 after […]

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PFAS plume found in Green Bay, Lake Michigan waters

BY: - January 4, 2023

A plume of per- and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) has made its way into Green Bay, Lake Michigan, according to a new study. The study, conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, tracked the movement of the so-called “forever chemicals” through Wisconsin’s groundwater and found chemical evidence linking it to a […]

A protesters sign during a rally outside Green Bay's prison. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

High costs for making holiday calls home from prison and jail

BY: - December 23, 2022

Wisconsin is entering the holiday season, and that goes for residents who are incarcerated across the state, too. People spending the holidays behind bars who have loved ones to reach out to face high costs for making calls. A new Prison Policy Initiative report took a look at the average costs to make a call […]

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Rep. David Bowen announces bid for Milwaukee alder

BY: - December 22, 2022

As he transitions out of the Legislature, Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) is making a bid for Milwaukee’s 1st Aldermanic District. The district is one of five vacant common council seats in the city of Milwaukee. On Feb. 21, 2023 the city will hold a special election to fill the 1st, 5th, and 9th districts which […]

Survey confirms child care providers’ struggles to find, pay and keep workers

BY: - December 21, 2022

With low pay and precarious outside support, child care centers continue to struggle to find workers, making it harder for other employers to hire the parents of young children, a new national survey finds. And matters could get worse a year from now, when supplemental funding for child care is scheduled to run out, according […]