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October 15, 2020

In Unpredictable Western Wisconsin, Fight For 3rd Congressional District Could Signal Shifting Politics

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U.S. Rep. Ron Kind has won a dozen elections for western Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District, holding the seat for Democrats since 1997. But four years ago, President Donald Trump won Kind's district, leading some to wonder whether the area is changing politically. Read more »

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Declines To 5.4 Percent In September

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Wisconsin's unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in September, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Development. That's down from August's revised rate of 6.3 percent. Read more »

UW-Madison Researchers Develop New Methods To Measure Discriminatory Behaviors On Campus

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New research out of UW-Madison found that a "numerical minority" of students in randomized tests discriminated against students from underrepresented groups. A study author says the results can be used to provide a more targeted approach to promoting diversity and inclusion efforts on college campuses.  Read more »

Shootings Have More Than Doubled This Year In Green Bay. Here's What Police Are Doing

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Green Bay has seen an increase in shootings of more than 100 percent compared to this time last year. Read more »

Judge Blocks Conservative Lawsuit Targeting Election Grants

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A federal judge has rejected an attempt by a conservative group to block private grant funding awarded to six Wisconsin cities to help run elections during the pandemic. Read more »

Enrollment In Wisconsin Public Schools Drops By 3 Percent Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Enrollment in Wisconsin schools has dropped 3 percent from September 2019 to September 2020, compared to a 0.4 percent drop the year before.  Read more »

Wisconsin Health Official: 'This Is Clearly Another Wave Of The Pandemic'

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With all 72 Wisconsin counties in having "high" or "very high" levels of COVID-19 activity, and hospitalizations rapidly rising, officials say the trajectory indicates it's likely a matter of when, not if, the state's overflow field hospital at the State Fair Park will be needed. Read more »
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