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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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Since July, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been reporting on a series of stories about tourists at Mexican resorts who have experienced mysterious blackouts, resulting in robbery, assault, rape, and death. The culprit? Tainted alcohol - though exactly how it was tainted is another question.

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A shooter in Northern California has killed at least four people in a violent rampage that began at a home and ultimately included seven locations, including an elementary school, officials say.

The shooter was killed by police, bringing the total death toll to five. Ten people have been hospitalized, authorities say.

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Mandatory minimum prison sentencing have been a hot topic as of late amongst Wisconsin lawmakers.

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The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a plan to stop silver and bighead carp moving from the Mississippi River basin into the Great Lakes.

Cheryl Nenn with Milwaukee Riverkeeper calls the proposal a starting point, not a solution, because multiple aquatic invasive species are threatening both the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River basin.

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Rob Schrab wasn’t a Hollywood insider when he started his career in the industry, but the Emmy-winning and Oscar nominated writer and director quickly became a "go-to guy" for good work. Monster House, Parks and Recreation, and the Sarah Silverman Program are just a few of the projects he’s had a hand in shaping.

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Cal Couillard has been intrigued with solar energy since the 1970s. But, it wasn't until this year that he took the plunge, and had solar panels installed at his Edgerton-based business.  He also created a fund to help others "go solar."

Solar energy used to be expensive, Coulliard explains, and therefore, only people who wanted to be green jumped aboard. Now, he says, prices have dropped dramatically and it makes sense financially.

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Behind the locked doors of the Milwaukee County House of Correction for two hour-long classes every week, an unlikely message emanates.

After months of contentious debate, Gov. Walker and Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn have signed a contract.  Under the deal, Wisconsin will provide $3 billion in incentives, to help the company build a huge LCD screen factory.  Foxconn says the plant, located in Racine County, will create up to three thousand jobs. 

Across Wisconsin, Recent Rises in Hate, Bias Incidents Spark Concern

Nov 12, 2017
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The contentious 2016 presidential election raised religious and racial tensions, but experts say the fears fueling hate and bias incidents began years earlier.

The reports came in at an alarming pace. A student at a middle school near Milwaukee drew a stick figure with a swastika on its face. The image held a gun pointed at another stick figure, which had the name of the student’s Jewish teacher on it.

Ex Fabula: Risking It

Nov 11, 2017

We all take risks. Some of us take them more often - and more willingly - than others, but without the risk, we can’t have the reward. Ex Fabula began because a group of friends took a collective risk, and continues to do so. With that in mind, we’re excited to team up with the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center on November 17th for a special curated storytelling event, Risking It.

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