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February 6, 2020

Evers Calls For $250M Increase In Public School Spending

Tony Evers
Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday that he wants the Legislature to use a projected budget surplus to increase spending on public schools by $250 million, with an emphasis on mental health funding. Read more »

Milwaukee County Doubling Resources On Voter Registration, Education

An "I Voted" sticker
Milwaukee County will spend $100,000 on voter registration and education efforts following recent attempts to purge more than 200,000 voters from Wisconsin's registration list. Read more »

Badgers Coach Placed On Leave Amid Investigation Into Allegations Of Racial Slur Directed At Kobe King

Kobe King in his Badgers uniform
A University of Wisconsin-Madison men's basketball coach has been placed on administrative leave as the university investigates reports that a racial epithet was used against former Badgers basketball player Kobe King, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Read more »

UW Regents Committee Approves Increased Tuition For Graduate Students

A University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Committee has approved tuition increases for graduate programs at seven UW campuses. UW-Milwaukee proposed a 25 percent increase for two master programs the university says are operating at a loss.  Read more »

Proposed Reroute Of Oil Pipeline In Northern Wisconsin Sows Division

Jan Penn looks out over her property
A Canadian energy firm is exploring alternate routes for an oil pipeline that runs through northern Wisconsin. Last summer, the Bad River tribe filed a lawsuit against Enbridge aimed at shutting down and removing the pipeline from its reservation. The proposed relocation project and the path it may take is dividing neighbors. Read more »

GOP Debate Highlights Gun Rights, Dairy Crisis, Mental Health Ahead Of 7th District Special Election Primary

Jason Church and Tom Tiffany at WPR debate
Republicans Tom Tiffany and Jason Church debated on WPR ahead of the Feb. 18 special election primary in the 7th Congressional District. Here's how the candidates made their pitches. Read more »

Wisconsin Could Be First State To Expand Opportunity Zone Tax Incentives

Development along East Washingtong Ave. in Madison
A proposed law in Wisconsin would increase the tax incentives to invest in the state's low-income rural and urban communities, but critics say expanding so-called opportunity zones could be ineffective and increase gentrification. Read more »
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