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UW-Eau Claire sanctions students in racist incident

BY: - December 9, 2019

Disciplinary sanctions have been levied against students involved in racist Snapchat postings at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire last month, the university announced Friday, but officials withheld details citing federal student privacy laws and the advice of the UW system’s general counsel’s office. “In the spirit of transparency, I asked the general counsel to determine […]

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Baldwin-backed bill gives volunteer firefighters housing break

BY: - December 5, 2019

Hoping to attract more rural residents to join their local volunteer fire departments, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill colleagues on Thursday introduced legislation to add volunteer firefighters and first responders to the list of people eligible for federal housing assistance. “These communities cannot afford to move to fire departments […]

Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, Wisconsin adjutant general delivers remarks at the 2014 Executive Safety Summit at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Wis., May 13, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Marvin Preston/ Released)

Outrage even before report’s release on sex assault in Wisconsin National Guard

BY: - December 5, 2019

A report looking into potentially egregious sexual assault and abuse in the Wisconsin National Guard is now in the hands of Gov. Tony Evers, and will be released to the public, likely early next week. The Wisconsin National Guard has been in the news throughout 2019 for problems with sexual assault and possible punishment of […]

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Police investigating multiple possible school threats

BY: - December 4, 2019

The confrontation between police officers and a high school student in Waukesha was followed by a rash of other incidents and lockdowns at Wisconsin schools this week. An Oshkosh West High School student and officer were injured after the student stabbed the police officer. Separately, Sparta-area schools were closed as a precautionary measure due to […]

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Nine-day deer hunting season draws to a close

BY: - December 4, 2019

Wisconsin’s nine day deer hunting season has come to an end, the state’s 168th season. Numbers for not only license purchases but also harvested deer were down this year as compared to 2018. The 2019 season also saw a lower than average number of reported hunting accidents, which the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) attributes […]

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Interactive map tracks city carbon emissions

BY: - December 3, 2019

An interactive map developed by the New York Times is giving fresh insights into city-level carbon emissions across the country. The detailed heat map provides data on increases in emissions between 1990 and 2017. It was compiled using Boston University’s Database of Road Transportation Emissions. Regarded as the most accurate estimates for local Co2 emissions, […]

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Gray wolf population causing concerns

BY: - December 3, 2019

Gray wolves (Canius Lupus) are making a comeback in the Badger State, and that’s worrying residents in rural parts of Wisconsin. While some see the population rebound as a conservation success story, others are worried about the danger these large predators pose to pets and humans. The species is currently protected as a federally listed […]

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DNR releases notices and reminders for deer hunters

BY: - November 26, 2019

Deer hunting season is here, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued a series of reminders and notices for hunters across the state. Wisconsin is in the middle of a nine-day deer hunting season. This represents Wisconsin’s 168th gun deer season, with over half a million hunters participating. According to the DNR, as […]

Evers signs ‘telehealth’ bill

BY: - November 25, 2019

Medicaid patients who get medical or behavioral health care delivered long-distance now qualify for coverage under a bill that Gov. Tony Evers signed Monday. The bipartisan bill, SB 380, passed the state Senate and the Assembly earlier this fall. In signing the legislation at Richland Center Hospital, Evers said it would offer expanded options for […]

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League of Women Voters files motion to intervene in voter roll purge

BY: - November 25, 2019

Responding to a lawsuit that seeks to purge 234,000 Wisconsin voters who might have changed addresses from the voting rolls, the League of Women Voters filed a motion last Friday to intervene in Ozaukee County Circuit Court. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed the lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) for not […]

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Could Wisconsin see a broadly bipartisan bathroom bill?

BY: - November 25, 2019

Bathroom bills are making a comeback in some states, including Wisconsin.  But this time, it’s a completely different toilet equity issue. This one might stand a chance of becoming a broadly bipartisan bathroom bill, as has happened with similar bills in other states. Today three legislators introduced LRB-4562 to “ensure gender parity and greater access,” […]

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Report: Watch out for dangerous toys when holiday shopping

BY: - November 24, 2019

From choking hazards to poisonous metals and compounds, the toy aisle still poses a danger to children, a report released Thursday warns. The report, Trouble in Toyland, published by the WISPIRG Foundation and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, urges parents and caregivers to exercise caution in choosing children’s playthings. The groups have published the report […]