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Kynala Phillips

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Kynala Phillips is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a certificate in Afro-American Studies. Phillips is a community journalist who ...

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Milwaukee skyline Sept. 16, 2014.

Health

COVID-19 Threatens Black Communities on Milwaukee’s North Side

"It's been tough to see such a concentration of the virus focusing on [the] African-American community," said state Rep. David Bowen. Milwaukee's African-American community faces the brunt of the COVID-19 disease.

March 30, 2020


Sign outside the Wisconsin Public Service Commission hearing room in Madison.

Health

Update: PSC Halts Disconnections for Public Health Emergency

On Sunday, March 22, Gov. Tony Evers suspended additional utility rules and laid out more consumer protections for Wisconsin residents and businesses. Evers directed the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to extend the orders released earlier this month to include more protective provisions. The announcement included six actions intended to ...

March 23, 2020


Image of a Hmong tapestry. (Dale Doebert, Jess MacLeod)

Politics

Wisconsin Reps Introduce Bill to Halt Hmong Deportation

The legislation would delay deportation by 72 months to allow individual cases to be reassessed.

March 10, 2020


State Budgeting Committee Declines Plans for Youth Prisons

Budgets

State Budgeting Committee Declines Plans for Youth Prisons

Wednesday the Joint Finance Committee voted against funding two new juvenile prisons meant to replace the controversial Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools. The decision to decline funds to the project pushes back the state’s goal of closing the two facilities by 2021.

February 15, 2020


Gov. Evers Calls Special Session on Education Funding

Education

Gov. Evers Calls Special Session on Education Funding

Governor Tony Evers called a special session late this week to advocate for more state funding for K-12 education.

February 10, 2020


Instructor from Elmbrook School District shows students books from the school library.

Education

The Department of Public Instruction Endorses ‘Explicit and Systemic’ Phonics Instruction

Last month, the Department of Public Instruction endorsed "explicit and systemic" phonics instruction in Wisconsin schools.  At the 2020 Wisconsin State Education Convention, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor announced that the agency will now endorse statewide phonics instruction to teach fundamental reading skills.   As the state of ...

February 6, 2020


Late Journalist Gwen Ifill on New USPS Forever Stamp

Social Issues

Late Journalist Gwen Ifill on New USPS Forever Stamp

Gwen Ifill is now featured as the newest addition to the USPS Black Heritage Stamp Series. Ifill is well-known for her role as a moderator for the PBS program Washington Week. Ifill is a trailblazer and inspired many of the journalists to come after her.

January 31, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers Lights Holiday Tree

Politics

Gov. Tony Evers Lights Holiday Tree

The state Capitol’s holiday tree, as it’s called by Gov. Evers, is now on full display. The tree’s decorations “Celebrate Science” and were sent from school students around the state. The tree will be up until Jan. 2, 2020.

December 6, 2019


Former Sec. Designee Pfaff Stays on Evers Administration

Politics

Former Sec. Designee Pfaff Stays on Evers Administration

Former DATCP Secretary Designee-Brad Pfaff found is back on the Evers administration. Pfaff will now serve as the Director of business and rural development in the Department of Administration. He will not need Senate confirmation in his new position.

November 15, 2019