LaToya Dennis

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LaToya Dennis joined WUWM in October 2006 as a reporter / producer. LaToya began her career in public radio as a part-time reporter for WKAR AM/FM in East Lansing, Michigan. She worked as general assignment reporter for WKAR for one and a half years while working toward a master's degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. While at WKAR, she covered General Motors plant closings, city and state government, and education among other critical subjects.

Before coming to public radio, LaToya interned at the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan. She also took part in NPR's 2005 Next Generation Radio Project in Kansas City, Missouri as well as NPR's summer 2006 Next Generation Radio Project in Indianapolis, Indiana.

LaToya holds both a Bachelor's degree and a Masters degree in journalism from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Dennis is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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It used to be that if you needed a ride, and public transit was not an option, you called a cab. These days, there are a lot more players in the game—companies like Lyft and Uber.

On Tuesday, the Assembly will vote on proposed statewide regulations for transportation network companies. The rules would supersede local rules, perhaps enabling the industry to expand into more Wisconsin communities.

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Milwaukee is buzzing about the proposed new arena for downtown. The Bucks, on Wednesday, finally unveiled their blueprint.

It calls for the creation of an arena and entertainment district. The cost: one-billion dollars. Some business owners seem excited.

If you sort through the details of the plan, you find an arena that seats 17,000 people, a public plaza that would serve as an entertainment venue and a state-of-the-art practice facility.

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The new plan would replace the one Gov. Walker put forward. He recommended the state borrow $220 million.  Mayor Barrett opposes the lower amount.

Under Walker's proposal, Wisconsin would repay the borrowed money using the income taxes the NBA players pay to the state. Yet, from the beginning, some Republican lawmakers made it clear that they think Walker’s plan is too expensive.

The new plan on the table calls for the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands to lend the state $150 million to put toward a new downtown arena. The board is Wisconsin’s oldest agency.

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The topic of whether or not to sleep with your baby is a divisive one.  It was the subject of a hearing in Madison on Wednesday. Legislators are considering a bill to criminalize certain cases of co-sleeping if the adult is impaired and harms the child. Most people who testified believe the bill sends the wrong message.

The law setting wages for certain public works projects has been on the books since the early 1930s. The debate over its future seems to pit taxpayers and skilled workers.

Every year, the Department of Workforce Development sets the prevailing wage by surveying companies about how much they’re paying their employees. Companies that contract with local or state government must pay their employees the prevailing wage for that community.

LaToya Dennis

Milwaukee alderman would not ban panhandlers outright but would prohibit them from standing in medians, asking for money.

Susan Bence

The O’Donnell parking garage in downtown Milwaukee is in need of repair, and it’s no secret that some supervisors want the structure off county books. The County Board may vote Thursday on whether to enter into talks with the Milwaukee Art Museum to either buy or lease the property.

LaToya Dennis

Three members of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission late last night upheld the firing of former MPD officer Christopher Manney. 

Manney was fired in October after an internal affairs investigation found that he conducted an out-of-policy pat-down on Dontre Hamilton, which led to an altercation and deadly force needing to be used. Hamilton was unarmed and suffered from schizophrenia.

Ashley Lutheran / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thursday marked day one of the appeal hearing for former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney. It’s been nearly one year since he fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed, mentally ill black man in Red Arrow Park. While no criminal charges were filed, Manney was fired late last year for violating what the police department says are its rules when it comes to pat-downs.

Shawn Johnson, Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin lawmakers on Wednesday kicked off the first public hearing across the state on Gov. Walker’s proposed budget. At the forefront of concern were cuts to education and programs that serve seniors and people with disabilities.

The first public hearing on the proposed 2015-2017 state budget was held in Brillion--a small town in northeastern Wisconsin. For about seven hours straight, people filed up to one of two mics set up in the auditorium of the high school.

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