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Wisconsin Lawmaker Wants High Schoolers to Pass Civics Test to Graduate

How well do you know your U.S. history? What if you had to correctly answer dozens questions about government and the founding fathers in order to move on in life?
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State leaders had hoped additional tax money would enable them to restore funding for public schools and reduce a proposed $300 million cut to the UW System.

But, according to projections from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, there will be no extra revenue over the next two years.

While some might have dreams of breaking earth-shaking news at a magazine like The New Yorker, Mary Norris’s aspirations were different.

Norris initially wanted to be a writer at the iconic literary news and culture magazine, but her first job there was in the archives. It was from there that she saw her dream job across the office on the copy desk, a place where she has remained ever since.

Norris has been with The New Yorker since 1978, the last 22 years as a query proofreader.

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State lawmakers are considering whether to scrap the prevailing wage law. It requires government to hire workers for certain public projects at a wage that reflects the industry standard.

Lawmakers wrapped up a lengthy Senate committee debate on Tuesday, without acting on the divisive proposal.

Wauwatosa Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir tried to convince colleagues to repeal the law.

She calls the prevailing wage “anti-competitive” and “anti-free market,” and says after some 80 years on the books, it’s time for change.

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Seventy years ago, three babies were born into desperate circumstances. Their mothers had been sent to almost certain death at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in German-occupied Austria. Against unlikely odds, they were born and survived the camps along with their mothers.

The camp was liberated 70 years ago by a squad attached to the U.S. Army’s 11th Armoured Division – The Thunderbolts. The squad was led by Sergeant Albert Kosiek.

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This spring marks the anniversaries of the liberation of five concentration camps by United States forces. Seventy years after World War II's end, the effects and implications from the collective experiences of individuals and countries are still being felt. 

Professor of political economy and world business at Carthage College Art Cyr reflects on the legacy of World War II and how it shapes foreign and global policy today. 

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Republican budget leaders say the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly will not advance the part of Gov. Walker's budget that would give the UW System independence from state oversight.

Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren say they also want to restore some of the $300 million Walker would cut from the system's budget, depending on new state revenue projections. The tally on tax collections should be forthcoming soon.

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Internet radio show host Homer Blow is part of the Precious Lives radio team. He helps shape the stories about youth and gun violence with his decades of experience living and making radio in Milwaukee.

Blow talks about the violence in Milwaukee all of the time on his show, but the story hit close to home recently.

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Whole of the Moon is the song The Waterboys are most famous for in the United States. The UK band had a string of hits in the late 1980s, before the members went their separate ways in the early ‘90s. 

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The Mauthausen Concentration Camp in German-occupied Austria was liberated on May 4, 1945.  Among the more than 40,000 people rescued was Mark Olsky, who had been born just a few days before, in a cattle car en route to the camp.

With the camp's liberation, Olsky, his mother, and four of her siblings, survived the Holocaust - but just barely.

Olsky weighed only three pounds when he was born. His mother was under 70 pounds and was close to death. 

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Most of the Kinnickinnic River looks like a giant drainage ditch. However, work is underway to restore the river to it's natural flow.

Back in the 1960s, the KK was channelized with concrete slopes. At the time, the technique was considered to be a state-of-the-art storm water management system. Instead, the channels led to devastating flooding.

By 2007, the river was named one of the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States.

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