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When Sierra Lyle was in nursing school, she didn’t see pictures of people who looked like her in her textbooks. As an African-American woman, she was hurt. She thought becoming a community-based doula would give her a chance to serve people who shared her identity. 

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There are 14 students at Horizon, an alcohol- and drug-free high school designed specifically for students recovering from substance use disorders and mental health disorders. It’s Wisconsin’s only recovery high school. But after a push by advocates resulted in new state funding, that could change in coming years.

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The spotted lanternfly is “knocking right at the door” of the Badger State after being detected in Illinois last week. The invasive species, native to southern Asia, is now in 16 states. First found in North America in Pennsylvania in 2014, it has since spread through the mid-Atlantic to the Midwest.

The story received more than 20,000 pageviews.

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A new approach to shared revenue will help municipalities across the state pay for law enforcement, fire protection and emergency medical services. Officially known as Act 12, the plan was intended to increase state funding for local communities throughout Wisconsin by at least 20 percent, using money generated by the state’s sales tax.

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More of Wisconsin’s lead service lines were removed or turned off in the last five years than in the previous two decades, according to a new report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum. At the current pace, Wisconsin’s water utilities could replace all of their lead service lines over the next two decades, the report says.

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He is a scientist, a violinist and the self-proclaimed heaviest patron of the local library. But for the last several months, Ed Sternberg has been focused on defending his other hobby: gardening. The city of Wauwatosa is threatening to mow down his native garden after complaints about his yard.

Soon after the story was published, the city dismissed the complaints.

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