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Wisconsin's School Report Cards See Gains: School Improvement or New Formula?

The majority of Wisconsin’s students are performing at or above expectations, according to the latest round of state report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction on Tuesday. But, DPI officials warn that although new scores paint a brighter picture for schools across the state, in some cases they may not be an accurate reflection of what’s happening in classrooms.

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Singer-songwriter Mike Mangione joins Lake Effect on a semi-regular basis to talk about some of the big questions he explores with people in his podcast, Time and the Mystery. But the Milwaukee-based musician continues to create music, and he recently teamed up with SistaStrings - a cello and violin duo made up of sisters Monique and Chauntee Ross. 

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More six months of protests over the Dakota Access pipeline ended in February following a law enforcement crackdown on protesters.  A federal court also denied a final request to block the last link of the pipeline.

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Some Democratic lawmakers are renewing a push to legalize medical marijuana. They say the move could keep people from using -- and perhaps becoming hooked on -- opioid painkillers. The fate of the proposal is uncertain, though, as long as Republicans control the Legislature.

Democratic state lawmakers trying to gain support to legalize medical marijuana held hearings in five cities this fall. Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Chris Taylor wanted to give the public a chance to share their thoughts about the proposal.

The House has narrowly approved a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul, clearing the first major hurdle in Republican attempts to cut taxes and rewrite the tax code.

The vote was almost along party lines, with no Democrats voting in support of the bill and some GOP defections over provisions in the measure that would eliminate important tax deductions taken by constituents in some high tax states.

For a long time, the “Montaigne” most mentioned on public radio has been former Morning Edition host Renee Montagne. But long before Renee Montagne started appearing on the airwaves, there was another Montaigne making waves. 

Michel de Montaigne was a 16th century French philosopher, whose collection Essais​ is credited as containing some of the most influential essays ever written, including Of Cannibals.

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Cities around the country are facing an affordable housing crisis and Milwaukee is no different. That's one of the reasons this year's Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit at UWM is focusing on the city's on-going issues with housing. 

This year's topic also pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the March on Milwaukee and the fight for fair housing in the city. 

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The huge Foxconn plant appears to be moving forward, now that Gov. Walker and company officials have signed a contract. There’s still a long way to go until groundbreaking, but some of Foxconn’s neighbors are already thinking about how the factory will impact their businesses.

Gov. Walker and Foxconn officials signed the contract in Racine last week, at a celebration with several hundred people. Walker, who's called the deal "transformational" for the state, touted its enormous potential.

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A fifth woman came forward this week to accuse Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of making sexual advances at her when she was a teenager.  Both Democrats and some Republicans have pressured Moore to drop out of the race.

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For State of Wisconsin employees, including employees at UW-Milwaukee, the health insurance open enrollment period brought a lot of questions. Most of the insurance companies who previously offered coverage will no longer do so in 2018.  State employees in the Milwaukee area have only two companies to choose from.

One is the Menasha-based Network Health, which also made the recent decision to remain on the Milwaukee County exchange, despite uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act’s future. 

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Many people watch the competitors on the hit show American Ninja Warrior with amazement. From climbing up ropes to ascending the warped wall, the athletes demonstrate the pinnacle of human movement.

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