LaToya Dennis

News Reporter

LaToya Dennis joined WUWM in October 2006 as a reporter / producer. LaToya began her career in public radio as a part-time reporter for WKAR AM/FM in East Lansing, Michigan. She worked as general assignment reporter for WKAR for one and a half years while working toward a master's degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. While at WKAR, she covered General Motors plant closings, city and state government, and education among other critical subjects.

Before coming to public radio, LaToya interned at the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan. She also took part in NPR's 2005 Next Generation Radio Project in Kansas City, Missouri as well as NPR's summer 2006 Next Generation Radio Project in Indianapolis, Indiana.

LaToya holds both a Bachelor's degree and a Masters degree in journalism from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Dennis is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Politics & Government
11:04 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Senate Approves Unemployment Changes Now Headed to Assembly

The state Senate has approved major changes to Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance program. Tuesday’s vote fell along party lines. Republicans approved the legislation; Democrats opposed it. The changes include higher weekly payments and a requirement that participants apply for four jobs a week, rather than two. The bill also eliminates instances when people can quit jobs and receive unemployment and gives the state access to personal bank accounts – if the fund pays an individual too much. Democrat Lena Taylor fought the banking provision.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

State Senate Approves New Abortion Rules

The legislation was amended to allow qualified persons to perform the ultrasound and give the description.
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Wisconsin's state senators voted along party lines Wednesday morning, to advance a bill requiring women seeking abortions to first undergo an ultrasound. Republicans voted in favor, Democrats against.

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Project Milwaukee
8:42 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wisconsin's Power Grid

The Oak Creek coal plant is one of the last to come online in the U.S.

The majority of energy the U.S. produces comes from coal. The same holds true for Wisconsin. However, natural gas has been gaining, because producers have found a cheaper way to extract it, using sand.

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Politics & Government
5:28 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Public Speaks Out on Proposed Law Requiring Ultrasounds Before Abortion

Lawmakers heard public testimony on legislation that would require an ultrasound before an abortion could be performed
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Some GOP legislators want to require women seeking an abortion, to first, undergo an ultrasound.

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Politics & Government
8:34 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Proposed Changes to Voting Laws Has Some Upset

Wisconsin could soon see an overhaul of its voting laws
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Another move is afoot in Wisconsin to change the state’s election laws. There will be a public hearing in Madison Tuesday at 10 am on the Republican plan.

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Economy & Business
1:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Milwaukee Housing Authority Works to Create Independence

Berryland Public Housing is owned and operated by the Milwaukee Housing Authority

Public housing was designed to help people fallen on hard-times.

However, in cities including Milwaukee, some people remain in the safety net for significant amounts of time.

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Education
5:09 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Critics of Common Core Standards Voice Concerns

Critics of common core standards say changes are needed

Forty-five states including Wisconsin have adopted what’s known as common core standards.  They’re federal criteria outlining what students should learn in math and English at specified grade levels and how it should be taught.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Lawmakers Look to Shift Power Structure

Some Wisconsin lawmakers favor changing the power structure for some state entities
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The Legislature’s budget committee is supposed to decide Tuesday whether to give Gov. Walker the power to sell state-owned property.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Opposition to Open Pit Mine Focuses on Civil Disobedience

Many have protested the proposed iron ore mine

Debate over a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin seems to have died down a bit. Yet, players on both sides are positioning themselves. Within the last few weeks, the company Gogebic Taconite applied for an exploratory license, while an anti-mining group opened an office in Ashland to monitor developments. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, that’s not where things end – at least for mine opponents.They’ll stage a workshop in northern Wisconsin this weekend,on civil disobedience.

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Would Milwaukee County Residents Notice Downsized Board?

Wisconsin lawmakers voted to change the structure of the Milwaukee County Board
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Lawmakers in Milwaukee County and Madison have been at odds for months, over the wisdom and effect of shrinking the Milwaukee County Board.

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