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September 3, 2020

Wisconsin Lags Nation In Education Spending, As COVID-19 Fallout Portends Tough Choices

Signs of encouragement in windows of a Madison school
A report highlighting a decline in the state's per-pupil spending in K-12 schools comes as education spending is likely to be a target for at least some cuts as the state weathers COVID-19's financial impact.  Read more »

Wisconsin Police Officers Could No Longer Be Required To Be US Citizens

Currently, legal residents can work for the state patrol, but not as police officers or sheriff's deputies in Wisconsin. Two Republican state lawmakers have unveiled legislation to change that, allowing police chiefs and sheriffs to hire officers who are legal residents, even if they're not U.S. citizens. Read more »

Americans Increasingly Polarized When It Comes To Racial Justice Protests, Poll Finds

People march in support of Jacob Blake and his family to the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., in August.
As the nation grapples with questions of racial justice, Americans are increasingly polarized, according to a new poll, with Republicans far less likely to support protests sparked by the police sh Read more »

Joe Biden Plans Visit To Kenosha Thursday In First Wisconsin Campaign Stop

Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event
Joe Biden has announced plans to visit Kenosha on Thursday, just as both presidential campaigns unveiled new ads focused on unrest in the city. Read more »

Activist Held For 24 Hours In Kenosha Joins Lawsuit Challenging Curfew Arrests

Adelana Akindes reacts after being released from a day in police custody in Kenosha
A lawsuit filed in federal court claims that Kenosha police selectively enforced the city's curfew, targeting protesters while ignoring violations by pro-police activists. A Wisconsin woman who was held for more than 24 hours said "we were being made an example." Read more »

DHS: 64 Counties Have High Level Of Covid-19 Activity

A sign hangs on a glass door explaining COVID-19 safety to those who enter
There were 545 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 12 new deaths from the virus. Read more »

Milwaukee Health Commissioner Resigns

Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik speaks at the Milwaukee Press Club
The city of Milwaukee’s top health official says that she will resign to take a position with a Washington DC health care think tank. Read more »

FEMA Approves Wisconsin's Request To Boost Unemployment Payments By $300 A Week

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
FEMA has approved Wisconsin's application for federal supplements to unemployment insurance payments of $300 a week. But even with the approval, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who are eligible for the program will likely have to wait until October before they see the money.  Read more »
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