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Wall on US/Mexico border

Wisconsin losing funding to border wall ‘folly’

BY: - September 5, 2019

Truax field in Madison, Wisconsin will lose $8 million in funding for a small-arms range, as one of 127 military construction projects that will see funding diverted to pay for a $3.6 billion border wall between the United States and Mexico. The Defense Department released a list of projects that will lose funding on Wednesday. […]

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Fun and politics at Milwaukee Laborfest

BY: - September 3, 2019

Laborfest 2019, held on Milwaukee’s Summerfest grounds, attracted hundreds of residents from a variety of backgrounds. Free and open to the public, the festival, hosted by union groups and the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, provided food, live music, and activities for families and children. Among the attendees were representatives of various organizations, from workers’ rights […]

Milwaukee County reacts to opioid settlement

BY: - September 2, 2019

The Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, would pay $3 billion and give up ownership of the company, if a settlement of thousands of lawsuits concerning over-prescription of opioid painkillers goes through. The Sacklers’ settlement offer comes after more than 2,000 lawsuits have been filed against Purdue by counties, cities, and towns nationwide, alleging that […]

Clean-up effort at Jackson County frac mine spill

BY: - September 2, 2019

A clean-up effort is underway after a frac sand mine pumped some 400,000 gallons of sediment into Jackson County’s Curran Creek. The creek, which also flows into the Trempealeau River, has been receiving treatment from the mine’s owner, Wisconsin Proppants, since a pump malfunctioned on August 3. “Wisconsin Proppants is in the midst of gently […]

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Pro-Immigrant policies strengthen local, state economies  

BY: - August 30, 2019

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that local governments can take  four key steps to better integrate immigrants and strengthen local economies and communities. “Giving all residents access to economic opportunity would enable them to earn higher wages, spend more at businesses, and contribute more in taxes that are […]

One dead In Illinois from vaping lung damage, 16 cases in Wisconsin

BY: - August 28, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is currently aware of 16 cases of people being hospitalized with lung damage, possibly related to vaping, with another 15 cases still under investigation. In Illinois, the first death possibly associated with vaping was reported last week. The number of possible vaping-related cases of lung damage in Illinois […]

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Wisconsin scores poorly on roads, but keeps down fatalities

BY: - August 28, 2019

The lousy condition of Wisconsin roads is old news. Crumbling infrastructure has been a problem for some time in Wisconsin. Last fall, as rural areas went from pavement back to gravel roads, the issue played a big role in the governor’s race, helping Gov. Tony Evers beat then-Gov. Scott Walker with his campaign cry, “Fix […]

Legislature to honor first responders

BY: - August 26, 2019

Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) gave the Republican Radio Address, posted Friday, announcing a new honor that the legislature will be awarding first responders. Citing first responders heroic actions on 9-11, and other tragedies where these public servants are in the spotlight, Krug called for stories about “law enforcers, EMTs and firefighters all over our great […]

Environmental groups sue over Endangered Species Act

BY: - August 23, 2019

Seven environmental groups including the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians, and the Natural Resources Defense Council have united behind a lawsuit against the Trump Administration. Filed by Earth Justice on the collective’s behalf, the lawsuit accuses the president’s new regulations of weakening the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “In general, the endangered species […]

Planned Parenthood reassures Wisconsin women

BY: - August 23, 2019

Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced earlier this week that it will withdraw from the federal Title X family-planning program rather than comply with what it labeled the Trump administration’s “unethical and dangerous gag rule.” This move, however, does not take these federal family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. That’s only because […]

Democrats continue push for gun-safety measures

BY: - August 23, 2019

This week’s Democratic Radio address is yet another sign that despite being rebuffed and ignored by GOP lawmakers, Wisconsin’s Democratic legislators are continuing their calls for popular gun safety laws. Over the past two weeks, in the wake of devastating back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, they have repeatedly called for change. Some national […]

Neighbors shocked by Michael’s closure

BY: - August 22, 2019

The news that Michael’s Frozen Custard on Monroe Street in Madison will be closing after the owner’s husband was barred from returning to the United States stunned neighborhood residents. “That’s just been a gathering place for our neighborhood forever,” said Andrea Gunn, a high-school science teacher and mother of three who lives a few blocks […]