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The only time Holmen High School junior Gracie Kromke is exposed to the stereotypical bad lunch — rubber-roni, slapping food on plates — is when she hears stories about them.
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More people are being locked up in Wisconsin, and the increase in inmates in county jails and state prisons is costing taxpayers and straining capacity of corrections facilities in some places.
A group of chemicals known as PFAS are prompting increasing attention and concern across Wisconsin. What are these chemicals and why are they such a big deal?
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Milwaukee's crime rate is steadily decreasing, according to city officials. Over the last five years, the city has seen a 33% reduction in violent crime including homicides, nonfatal shootings and carjackings.
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Wisconsin in 2018 saw its most sewer overflow events since 2010, with increasing volumes of discharged waste. Experts say the problem plagues communities across the Great Lakes. Driving the spike: intensifying rainfall due to climate change.
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There were big changes in federal immigration policy in 2019, including the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the U.S. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses how those changes affected refugee resettlement in Wisconsin.
Following two years of steep drops, the number of international refugees who resettled in Wisconsin leveled off in 2019.
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Every year in Wisconsin, dozens of people get lost in the woods or need rescuing on the water. The people who are called out to look for them are trained like professionals, but get paid like volunteers.
WisContext is focused on the long haul. Examining how Wisconsin's history shapes its contemporary issues and looking forward at how these trends may develop was a consistent element of our coverage in 2019.
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An Ozaukee County Circuit Court ruling ordered the deactivation of over 200,000 registered Wisconsin voters flagged as having changed their address. Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe discusses the voter purge lawsuit and the ongoing appeal process.