MADISON - State authorities found "reasonable suspicion" last month that a central Wisconsin legislator violated state ethics laws, but he won't be referred to prosecutors or face other penalties, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin has learned. The finding stemmed from a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin report in October that examined state Rep. Bob Kulp's social media activities over the past two years and concerns about the impropriety of some material.
In 2017, our monthly Investigative Team newsletter highlighted more than 120 watchdog journalism stories from across Wisconsin. Here are 10 favorites produced by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reporters:Based on months of interviews and government records, reporters Chris Mueller and Keegan Kyle revealed in July that Wisconsin has seen an alarming rise in children being separated from their parents because of drug abuse.
MADISON – A national mental health group has downgraded its appraisal of a psychology internship program at Wisconsin's youth prison complex, marking another bruise for state officials under scrutiny for conditions at the institution. Now on probation, the program faces a greater risk of losing its accreditation from the American Psychological Association and more difficulty attracting interns who provide therapy to inmates at lower cost than licensed clinicians.
.@GovWalker signs exec order today instructing child protective services to "better document and track" drug abuse in cases. We previously found widespread concerns w/ under-reporting: http://post.cr/2um5ooK
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Selecting a term
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
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