Rich Kremer

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UW System’s Growth Is Top Heavy

UW System’s Growth Is Top Heavy

8% drop in system’s faculty over three year period while number of administrators grew 3.5%.

Marquette University Slashes Staff

Marquette University Slashes Staff

To avoid tuition hike, 24 employees laid off, 49 vacancies won’t be filled.

UW Students Oppose Free Speech Bill

UW Students Oppose Free Speech Bill

Student groups say UW Regents policy already protects free speech, law not needed.

Hands-Free Phone Law Being Pushed in Wisconsin

Hands-Free Phone Law Being Pushed in Wisconsin

An activist from Minnesota that lost his daughter to distracted driving is behind the push.

25,000 Could Lose Food Share Benefits

25,000 Could Lose Food Share Benefits

Proposed change in federal SNAP program would cut off 25,000 state recipients.

Accused Ex-UWM Professor Flees Country

Accused Ex-UWM Professor Flees Country

Anthony A. Azenabor faces criminal charges of sexually assaulting a student on campus.

DNA Evidence Backlog Greatly Reduced

DNA Evidence Backlog Greatly Reduced

Effort to reduce backlog yields results. Evers and Kaul want more funding for crime lab.

Evers Brings Back Pardon Review Board

Evers Brings Back Pardon Review Board

Walker disbanded it, wouldn’t pardon anyone in his eight years as governor.

No Shame in the School Lunch Line

No Shame in the School Lunch Line

Milwaukee state Rep. LaKeshia Myers is co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit school districts from singling students out when it’s time to have a midday meal.

State’s Reported Rapes Up 34% Since 2014

State’s Reported Rapes Up 34% Since 2014

Rise in reported sexual assaults over last five years may reflect Me-Too movement.

DNR Won’t Back Frac Sand Wetland Permit

DNR Won’t Back Frac Sand Wetland Permit

Reverses stand, supports judge’s ruling invalidating Meteor Timber’s DNR permit to fill high-quality wetland.

Nearly 200 Testify at State Budget Hearing

Nearly 200 Testify at State Budget Hearing

Attendees in River Falls support increased school funding, expanding Medicaid, UW capital projects.

Cross Still Hopes for New UWM Building

Cross Still Hopes for New UWM Building

Legislature killed Evers capital budget but UW System still backs new funding, bonding authority for projects around state.

Voters Okay 75% of School Funding Requests

Voters Okay 75% of School Funding Requests

Voters approved nearly $770 million in additional funding for school districts in local referendums.

Tomah VA Didn’t Give Opioids “Like Candy”

Tomah VA Didn’t Give Opioids “Like Candy”

Inspector General report requested by Sen. Baldwin finds no evidence of opioids haphazardly prescribed.

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

Key to expanding health coverage, better reimbursement rates, says new state DHS secretary.

Federal Shutdown Hurts Food Share Recipients

Federal Shutdown Hurts Food Share Recipients

Demand for food pantries up due to delays getting benefits.

Shutdown May Cut Off Food Share Benefits

Shutdown May Cut Off Food Share Benefits

State official unsure whether there will be funding for the program given federal shutdown.

2 Million College Students Lack Food Stamps

2 Million College Students Lack Food Stamps

Federal GAO report finds food insecurity for 9% to more than 50% of college students.

Bipartisan Group Calls For More School Funds

Bipartisan Group Calls For More School Funds

Blue Ribbon Commission on school funding included legislators from both parties.

Renewable Energy Made Big Gains in 2018

Renewable Energy Made Big Gains in 2018

Utility companies all competing to embrace solar and wind power.

Duffy Supports Funding for Border Wall

Duffy Supports Funding for Border Wall

But Wisconsin congressman not so sure about Trump’s idea of shutting down government.

Lame Duck Law Adds Work For State Agencies

Lame Duck Law Adds Work For State Agencies

They must submit thousands of pages of “guidance documents” before public hearings on any changes in agency rules.

Lame-Duck Bill Changes Highway Funding

Lame-Duck Bill Changes Highway Funding

Will avoid federal wage requirements; experts express concerns.

DNR Wastewater Permit Backlog Still a Problem

DNR Wastewater Permit Backlog Still a Problem

One year after critical audit DNR still slow to review potential municipal, industrial and agricultural pollution.

State Shifts Cost For New Bridges

State Shifts Cost For New Bridges

Walker administration policy means counties pay entire bill if bridge built to accommodate traffic growth.

Trump’s Aid to Farms Gets Mixed Reviews

Trump’s Aid to Farms Gets Mixed Reviews

Dairy farms badly hurt by tariffs, Trump offers $12 billion national handout to farmers.

Walker Doubts Roe v. Wade at Risk

Walker Doubts Roe v. Wade at Risk

Governor says new Supreme Court justice unlikely to overturn Roe, make abortion illegal in state.

Microplastics From Great Lakes Found In Beer

Microplastics From Great Lakes Found In Beer

Researchers found 12 different brands of beer using Great Lakes water were contaminated with microplastics.