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.

Your Right to Know: Many school districts fail test on records

State law makes nearly all governmental records open to inspection and copying, and requires custodians to release records “as soon as possible and without delay.”

So how are they doing? Recently, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty conducted an experiment to see how well school districts are complying with the state’s Open Records Law. We asked the state’s 20 largest school districts for records from the last two years relating to their compliance procedures and how quickly they fulfilled requests. The results were tabulated in a recent report. Here are some highlights:

The good: Of the 12 school districts that fulfilled our request without charging a fee, six of them (Appleton, Green Bay, Janesville, Racine, Waukesha and West Allis-West Milwaukee) reported response times, on average, of 10 business days or fewer.

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).