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Seeking more info about internal sexual harassment claims, The Badger Project sues Wausau PD

After an open records request, the police department released heavily-redacted documents from an internal investigation of a former lieutenant accused of misconduct. The Badger Project filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the Wausau Police Department to release more complete records of an internal investigation of alleged sexual harassment by a former police lieutenant.
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“Housing First” cut homelessness in Milwaukee. Can it work across the state?

As Wisconsin faces affordable housing shortage, campaigning Evers puts $200 million in federal funds toward the problem. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated homelessness in Wisconsin, with the state now facing a deficit of more than 120,000 affordable homes and over 4,500 people experiencing homelessness on any given night, according to the most recent data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Republican redistricting put Fitzgerald brothers – who live 13 miles apart – in different congressional districts. Democrats put them back together again.

The Fitzgerald brothers are back in the same congressional district. It’s a subtle but potentially significant result of the fierce redistricting battle that wrapped in April with a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision giving the GOP significant political victories. The decision affects the political fortunes of two prominent Wisconsin Republicans...

Little change to 3rd Congressional District that includes La Crosse, Eau Claire as GOP blocked from undoing gerrymandering blunder

But it’s still trending red as Republicans look to flip district retiring Ron Kind held for 25 years. Redistricting in Wisconsin is complete. And though additional court cases could change some of the political lines, experts say the 3rd Congressional District, which hugs the Mississippi River and includes La Crosse, Stevens Point and Eau Claire, is likely set for the decade. Republicans are licking their lips.

After receiving tens of millions from federal government for internet upgrades, big telecom companies ask state for millions more

Local companies and co-ops have done more for rural Wisconsin, experts say. Big telecommunications companies including Frontier and AT&T are asking the state for millions in the most recent round of broadband expansion grants, according to the list of applications submitted to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Many of these...

Only 11% of eligible Wisconsin law enforcement agencies accredited by state group

The certification – which includes personalized feedback for officers – improves policing, experts say. Eight percent of law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin have received full accreditation by a statewide law enforcement organization aimed at improving policing. Some of the largest departments accredited include Milwaukee, Janesville and Wausau. Accreditation...

Illinois, Michigan combine for more than $600 million in 2021 tax revenue from recreational marijuana

While Wisconsin legislature considers medical marijuana, neighboring states reap the rewards. Illinois has collected more than $400 million in tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales in 2021, and Michigan has collected about $200 million. Wisconsin still bans the drug in most forms, but the legislature continues to flirt with legalizing...

Other states have had success with wildlife bridges, so where are Wisconsin’s?

Crossing structures can reduce crashes by as much as 80 percent in some areas of the country. Deer cause more than 16,000 car crashes in Wisconsin every year, leading to millions of dollars in damage, and even a few lives lost. Yet the state has no wildlife crossing structures big enough for deer, which are effective in other states. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says they’re not feasible.