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On our rundown today: Trump says there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday; a Minnesota church leader urges people to stand up against hate groups; and civil rights groups are outraged over the potential pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Public News Service - WI: Youth Issues

Reading is one way to help your child stay ready for learning during summer vacation. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – Ask any teacher what the "summer slide" is, and they'll explain it's the three months when school is out, a time during which children forget some of what they've learned in school the prior year; when their minds seem to slip out of learning mode. According to Dr. Dipesh Navs

People who use them may think e-cigarettes are harmless, but research says they're not. (prostooleh/iStockphoto)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - Nearly 6.5 million young people - about one in four middle- and high-school students in the United states - report being exposed to secondhand aerosol or "vape" from e-cigarettes in the past month, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The

Wisconsin is one of the few states that allow children to be kept in solitary confinement for long stretches of time. (3dmentat/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin is one of few states that still allows children in state juvenile-corrections facilities to be put into solitary confinement, and a federal lawsuit challenges that practice as cruel and unusual punishment. A similar suit brought in Illinois a few years ago resulted in

UW-Oshkosh leads the state in the amount of student loan debt at graduation. (mj0007/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – While the past year has brought some discussion among political leaders and candidates about the level of student-loan debt in Wisconsin, nothing substantive has been done to address the growing crisis. Democrats in the state Legislature have introduced bills in each of the las

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could drastically affect health care for children in Wisconsin. (Dangubic/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Spurred by campaign promises made by President-Elect Donald Trump, Republican leaders in Congress are demanding a speedy repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Advocates for Children and Families are asking that legislators slow down and develop a complete replacement plan fi

Public education is changing in Wisconsin, with talk of still another type of school choice program. (AlexBrylov/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Over the past several years, Wisconsin's new school choice and charter school programs have been at the center of controversy about the future of public education in the state. Now, Republican legislative leaders have signaled they will consider still another type of voucher p

Vaping among Wisconsin teens is on the rise, state data show. (ookean/iStockPhoto)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The latest surveys on youth tobacco use in Wisconsin have just been released by the state Department of Health Services. One of the strongest factors in young people's decisions to use e-cigarettes is that they are flavored, and according to the data, 96 percent of middle

The student-loan debt problem in Wisconsin just got bigger with the closing of ITT Technical Institute campuses. (zimmytws/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin ranks third in the nation for total student loan debt. And now another group of students has been left holding the bag - and the debt - after the for-profit college ITT Technical Institute abruptly shut down all of its campuses in the U.S. The closure affected about 300

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