WisconsinWeekly: Shrinking coastline, Trump real estate, Russian trolls — our former interns rock!

Former WCIJ interns breaking news all over the planet
Of note: This week we highlight recent stories from some of the interns we trained over the past nine years. They include Tegan Wendland of New Orleans Public Radio. She produced a piece for the investigative news program Reveal about the lack of government help for Louisiana residents whose homes are being swallowed by rising waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Nick Penzenstadler of USA Today continues to break news about President Donald Trump’s private businesses. Alec Luhn of The Telegraph’s Moscow bureau investigated the Russian “troll factory” thought to be a source of propaganda during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

WisconsinWeekly: Lincoln Hills, lead in water, whistleblowers, frac sand, voter ID

Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to replace problem-ridden teen prison with five smaller centers lauded — and criticized
Of note: Gov. Scott Walker announced plans to close the Lincoln Hills teen prison while opening five regional teen prisons. Lincoln Hills would be turned into an adult facility to ease crowding in adult prisons. The proposal was embraced by some Democrats who also labeled it an election-year attempt to defuse an issue that could be used against him. Thanks for reading WisconsinWeekly, a selective roundup of news for people in, or interested in, Wisconsin. WisconsinWeekly is produced by us — Andy and Dee J. Hall, founders of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

WisconsinWeekly: Attorney General leak investigation and ghost of John Does

Ghost of John Does past haunts Wisconsin officials
Of note: This week we highlight the fallout triggered by Attorney General Brad Schimel’s release of a Dec. 6 investigative report calling for a prosecutor and eight other officials to be held in contempt of court over leaked documents from a closed John Doe probe into campaign activities of Gov. Scott Walker. Among the revelations in Schimel’s report was a previously undisclosed investigation by the now-shuttered Government Accountability Board into potential illegal campaigning by GOP lawmakers. We present the stories in chronological order so you can see how the controversy over the records leaked to The Guardian played out earlier this month. For background on John Doe I, which led to the other two investigations, read our 2015 story.

WisconsinWeekly: Worker’s comp woes, winter evictions, conservatives back renewable energy, Madison cancels internet contract

Worker’s compensation woes exposed
Of note: This week, we highlight one of our stories, which reports that some injured workers in Wisconsin are having a harder time qualifying for worker’s compensation after appointees of Gov. Scott Walker took full control of the Labor and Industry Review Commission, which hears such disputes. In another story, featuring photos by the Center’s own Coburn Dukehart, NPR reports that Wisconsin is among the states that do not ban evictions during cold weather months. WisconsinWeekly is produced by us, Andy and Dee J. Hall, a couple who founded the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Andy is the executive director and Dee is the managing editor. P.S. There are less than two weeks left to see your donation to the Center doubled by #NewsMatch.

WisconsinWeekly: Sexual harassment allegations at the WI Legislature, human trafficking, VA problems continue, childhood trauma in rural Wisconsin

Accusations of unwanted kissing, taxpayers fund a $75,000 settlement, but Capitol leaders try to keep the public outside
Of note: The national avalanche of sexual harassment allegations arrives at the Capitol as The Cap Times and the Wisconsin State Journal reveal previously secret sexual harassment accusations lodged against two state lawmakers. State Rep. Josh Zepnick, D-Milwaukee, accused of unwanted kissing by two women in 2011 and 2015, has refused to resign. Former state Sen. Spencer Coggs, a Democrat from Milwaukee, has denied allegations that he harassed his former aide, who received a $75,000 taxpayer-funded settlement in 2015. Legislative leaders told media outlets there are three other such complaints but declined to release them. WisconsinWeekly is produced by us, Andy and Dee J. Hall, a couple who founded the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

WisconsinWeekly: Read and hear stories about hate and bias incidents, the Proud Boys, childhood trauma, trade war concerns and flight risk

A deep look at the Proud Boys, hate and bias in Wisconsin, and more
Welcome to our selective roundup of news stories we think Wisconsin residents, or people who care about the state, need to know about. Of note: We offer a series of stories that are particularly resonant today. Our latest Documenting Hate story, reported for the Center and Wisconsin Public Radio by Alexandra Hall, traces the rise of a new, anti-feminism, pro-’Western values’ group, the Proud Boys. And the Center’s former reporting fellow, Mukhtar Ibrahim, discusses his story on the rise in hate and bias incidents in Wisconsin on WPR’s Central Time. WisconsinWeekly is produced by us, Andy and Dee J. Hall, a couple who founded the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

WisconsinWeekly: Final day to sneak a peek, UW sexism, conservation in retreat, poverty, Didion fine, teachers pay, zapping state air pollution rules

Watch our film on immigration tensions, read stories on sexual harassment, fading conservation, poverty, a fatal workplace blast, more
We’re thankful that you’re reading the sixth edition of our selective weekly roundup of top news stories we think Wisconsin residents, or people who care about the state, need to know about. Before we get to this week’s stories, a reminder that today, Nov. 24th, is the final day that our first documentary is available as part of a digital showcase of the Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration with the American Film Institute. To see it, click here. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and New York filmmaker Jim Cricchi’s Twelve Letter Films co-produced “Los Lecheros (Dairy Farmers), which explores rising tensions over undocumented dairy workers since the election of President Trump.

WisconsinWeekly: Sneak peek of our documentary on immigration tensions; hate incidents up, temps rising

10 days only: See our documentary, ‘Los Lecheros’ (Dairy Farmers) online or on demand
Welcome to the fifth edition of our selective weekly roundup of top news stories we think Wisconsin residents, or people who care about the state, need to know about. A special treat: For 10 days only, click here to view our first documentary online, as part of a digital showcase of the Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration with the American Film Institute. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and New York filmmaker Jim Cricchi’s Twelve Letter Films co-produced “Los Lecheros (Dairy Farmers), which explores rising tensions over undocumented dairy workers since the election of President Trump. The 21-minute documentary premiered this week at the Meet the Press/AFI event and was shown last night at DOC NYC, the nation’s largest documentary film festival. Prefer to lean back and watch the film?

WisconsinWeekly: Road salt peppers our lakes, Broken Whistle, wetlands, oil and CWD

That road salt goes somewhere — and that’s the problem
Welcome to the fourth edition of our selective weekly roundup of top news stories we think Wisconsin residents, or people who care about the state, need to know about. Of note as we head into road salt season in Wisconsin and other frigid states: Hilary Dugan, assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology, is lead author of a North American lakes study highlighted by Ensia, an independent, nonprofit magazine. The disquieting findings: About 7,700 lakes in the Great Lakes and Northeast regions may be experiencing elevated chloride levels because of road salt runoff, posing questions about the futures of drinking water, fisheries, recreation, irrigation, and aquatic habitat. Who produces WisconsinWeekly? Andy and Dee J. Hall, a couple who founded the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

WisconsinWeekly: New whistleblower law, doxxing of white supremacists, TripAdvisor’s removal of tourism warnings and more

New whistleblower law, doxxing of white supremacists, TripAdvisor’s removal of tourism warnings and more
Welcome to the third edition of our selective weekly roundup of top news stories we think Wisconsin residents, or people who care about the state, need to know about. WisconsinWeekly is produced by us, Andy and Dee J. Hall, a couple who founded the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Andy is the executive director and Dee is the managing editor. Of note in this week’s roundup: The Washington Post reports on a bill named after Chris Kirkpatrick, a Veterans Administration whistleblower and psychologist who took his own life after he faced retaliation for reporting problems at the Tomah medical center. If you’re already subscribed to our WisconsinWatch newsletter, then you’ll automatically be signed up (with the option to opt-out at any time).