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Federal officials say Russian hackers unsuccessfully targeted Wisconsin’s voter registration system during last year’s election.  Wisconsin was one of 21 states notified Friday of the attempted hacking, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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State lawmakers are considering several bills that would limit riots and punish people who participate in them. One measure defines a riot as a public disturbance during a gathering of at least three people, and makes participating in a riot a felony.

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This week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that creates a record-setting $3 billion incentives package for the Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. The electronics giant plans to build a huge factory that will make LCD screens. The company says it will employ 3,000 people at first, eventually creating up to 13,000 jobs. The plant's likely location will be in Racine County.

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Today’s education and business communities talk a lot about “jobs of the future.” What are those jobs? And how are kids being prepared for them?

Educators commonly promote the cause of “preparing kids for jobs that don’t even exist yet.” But what does that mean?

In Wisconsin, we now have a better idea where employees coming up in the next few decades might find some of those jobs.  

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While the Milwaukee County Parks system is rich in greenspace, it is low on cash. The department hopes to lease one of its parks to help relieve a bit of its more than $240 million in deferred maintenance.

Parks director John Dargle told the Milwaukee County Parks, Energy and Environment Committee Tuesday that the plan to lease Kulwicki Park to the City of Greenfield is a sound financial move.

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Heroin and opioid addictions -- and overdoses -- continue to plague Wisconsin and many other states. Public health officials and law enforcement agencies have been tackling the problem on a number of fronts.  The latest here in Wisconsin premiered Tuesday night.  It's a documentary produced by WisconsinEye, the state's equivalent to C-Span, and targets children.  

Aisha Turner

If you were to witness someone being harassed would you know what to do? A group of Milwaukeeans is teaching people how to step in and calm potentially violent situations. 

Bystander intervention training is designed to build confidence so more people feel comfortable confronting racism, homophobia, and other kinds of harassment.

Race and Ethnicity Reporter Aisha Turner sat in on one of these trainings.

On a Friday night at the Riverwest Public House, facilitator Stephanie Roades gathers about 15 people for class: “We're gonna start with a basic warm up.”

Marti Mikkelson

Critics of the record-breaking incentives package state Republicans are handing to Foxconn have been vocal since the deal was announced about two months ago. But supporters took center stage Monday as Gov. Walker signed the bill. 

A couple hundred people packed into the iMet Center on Sturtevant's Gateway campus in Racine County Monday afternoon, and Gov. Walker took the stage to rousing applause. The Republican governor’s team brokered the Foxconn deal, which he calls transformational.

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Gov. Scott Walker will sign the huge Foxconn incentives package in Racine County today.  It will help the Taiwanese electronics giant build a massive plant, to manufacture LCD screens in southeastern Wisconsin. Lawmakers in Madison put the final touches on the deal -- and the overdue state budget -- last week.

Republican leaders faced stiff opposition from Democrats on both measures, as well as challenges from some in the GOP.  WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke with JR Ross of Wispolitics.com, about the developments, in this week's Capitol Notes segment.

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Governor Walker on Monday will sign legislation at Gateway Technical College in Sturtevant that provides around $3 billion in incentives to the Taiwanese company Foxconn. 

The company is expected to build a major manufacturing plant in Racine County. In its initial stages it is supposed to employ 3,000 people and could eventually ramp up to around 13,000.

Torpedo-shaped boats will race along the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers this weekend, as rowing teams compete in the annual regatta. It’s the 17th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge.

 

Proceeds from a weekend benefit will sponsor a new program to help diversify the Milwaukee Rowing Club. Race and Ethnicity Reporter Aisha Turner visited the Rowing Club over the summer to learn about its efforts to bring new participants into the sport.

 

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After a full day of deliberations, which lasted until late Friday night, a jury in Waukesha County found that Anissa Weier was mentally ill when she and a friend attacked another girl, leaving her to die in the woods. All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the stabbing, three years ago. The victim was able to find help, and survived.

Weier and Morgan Geyser said they planned the stabbing in order to please the internet horror character Slender Man. Attorneys for Weier argued that she believed Slender Man would harm her family if she did not attack her classmate.

Aisha Turner

Torpedo-shaped boats raced along the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers this weekend, as rowing teams competed in the annual regatta. It was the 17th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge.

 

Proceeds from a weekend benefit will sponsor a new program to help diversify the Milwaukee Rowing Club. Race and Ethnicity Reporter Aisha Turner visited the Rowing Club's middle school team over the summer to learn about its efforts to bring new participants into the sport.

 

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Wisconsin has a nickname. You've seen it on license plates: America's Dairyland. And in Milwaukee, you may have heard this moniker: Cream City.

It intrigues Bubbler Talk listener Anne Bromfield, who asked: "Why was Milwaukee once referred to as Cream City?" The answer might surprise you. It has nothing to do with the dairy industry.

The state Assembly on Thursday gave final approval to a $3 billion incentives Foxconn package. It's next stop is the governor's desk.

The Assembly had to take up the bill a second time, because the Senate made changes to it. The vote fell mainly along party lines but this time, one Democrat changed his vote from no to yes.

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