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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When it comes to Supreme Court rulings, this has been a historic week. One day after the country’s highest court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act, it leveled the Defense of Marriage Act.

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You may not often see them, but plenty of trains crisscross Wisconsin these days carrying freight. The state and rail companies have been bringing old lines back to life because of increased demand, but much work is needed.

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Gov. Walker is expressing satisfaction with the budget the Legislature has approved. Lawmakers made several changes to the governor's initial plan.

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The state Assembly Wednesday advanced a budget for Wisconsin. The votes in favor were all Republican. Democrats voted against the package, with three GOP Assemblymen joining the opposition.

A Dollar Tree store is hoping to open in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood, at North and MLK, but a Common Council committee dealt the project a setback Thursday.

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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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.

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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Some GOP legislators want to require women seeking an abortion, to first, undergo an ultrasound.

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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.

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.

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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The Legislature’s budget committee is supposed to decide Tuesday whether to give Gov. Walker the power to sell state-owned property.

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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Lawmakers in Milwaukee County and Madison have been at odds for months, over the wisdom and effect of shrinking the Milwaukee County Board.