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WCIJ full response to Wisconsin DNR’s comments on lead-in-water testing story

On Dec. 7, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism received an email from DNR spokesman Jim Dick demanding corrections to our story: “Wisconsin DNR fails to update lead testing guidance in wake of Flint crisis.” Here is a copy of the email, as well as our point-by-point response to the demand for corrections. We stand by our story and have not identified anything that needs correcting.

Your Right to Know: Public must see police shooting videos

Officer-involved killings test the relationships between police officers and the public they are sworn to protect and serve. The whole community has an interest in knowing whether the police have acted appropriately, or in an unprofessional or biased manner.

Your Right to Know: Schimel training videos should be released

State Attorney General Brad Schimel has been a stand-up guy when it comes to open government issues in Wisconsin since he took over the Department of Justice in 2015. He created an office of open government, held a summit on government transparency, worked to improve records request response times within his own office, and took forceful issue with some of his fellow Republicans’ attempts to gut the state’s public records law last year. In April, he was given the Political Openness Award by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, which noted “how seriously he takes his statutory role to interpret and enforce the state’s openness laws.”