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A recent report commissioned by the United Nations predicts dramatic consequences if greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates. So, what can you, as an individual, do about climate change? 

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When Wisconsin voters go to the polls on Nov. 6, they will vote in some key national and statewide races, including the election for governor, a U.S. Senate seat, and the state attorney general. 

And in many places, voters will decide the fate of local school districts which are seeking money for major projects. The number of such referenda has ballooned in Wisconsin and the issue of school funding has become central to the gubernatorial race. 

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It was big news nine years ago when the Swiss dairy cooperative, Emmi, purchased Monroe, Wisc.-based Roth Käse USA. The combined company became Emmi Roth, which makes its own Alpine cheeses in Wisconsin and imports cheese from Switzerland.

The company's Wisconsin-produced cheeses have earned world championships, and with them, fans around the globe. So, the company is hopeful its newest innovation will be no less successful. 

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The Brewers are back in town Friday after sweeping the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the playoffs. So, it’s no surprise that there's an increase in demand for Brewers tickets. But tickets aren’t so easy to get this late in the game — and for reasons you might not expect.

I called a couple places to see if I could get tickets to Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park. First stop? The Brewers ticket office.

The race for governor is in a dead heat, according to the latest Marquette Law School poll, out Wednesday. Incumbent Scott Walker leads Democratic challenger Tony Evers, 47 percent to 46 percent among likely voters – with less than a month to go until the election. The survey indicates independents played a role in the tight race.

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The world faces dramatic consequences ranging from heightened food shortages to shrinking coastlines as soon as 2040 if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, according to scientists from 40 countries convened by the United Nations. 

For years experts believed a rise of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit was the threshold for severe impacts. But after reviewing more than 6,000 scholarly studies, the scientists concluded human health, economies and ecosystems will suffer with a smaller rise of 2.7 degrees.

Emily Files

Wisconsin’s largest school district has a new permanent superintendent. Keith Posley has been interim superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools since May. At a special meeting Tuesday, the school board unanimously voted to negotiate a permanent contract.

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Have you ever heard the saying “everything old is new again?” When it comes to the hemp industry in Wisconsin, that old saying is holding true.

Just ask former Milwaukee Alderman Mike McGee Junior and his business partner Maya Mays. They opened their first kiosk selling hemp-based products at Mayfair Mall back in July. Since then, they kiosk has turned into a store and they’ve added three others: 414 Hemp, 262 Hemp, 920 Hemp and 608 Hemp.

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In the Internet era, the lines between local, national and international news are blurred. If you want to read a story from the newspaper in Helsinki, Finland, or Johannesburg, South Africa, it just takes a few clicks of a mouse or taps on your smartphone, and you’re there.

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There was a time when the corporate break room was a hodgepodge of vending machines selling bitter coffee, stale sandwiches, and those cheese and cracker sandwiches in Day-Glo orange.

Those kinds of break rooms are largely gone from the scene, replaced in some larger companies by catered kitchens that offer a variety of entrees and snacks. But a Menomonee Falls company called Davians is providing a service for companies that aren’t quite large enough to warrant an on-site restaurant but want to offer fresher options than a vending machine. 

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Growing up Avoca, Wisc., Emily Kuester felt like an outsider in her small town community. As a transracial adoptee, she navigated life without feeling completely part of either white or black culture — something that was jarringly obvious once she moved to Milwaukee for college.

"I was just excited to be around people who looked like me and be around diversity and all of that," recalls Kuester. "I quickly realized that I didn't know anything about black culture."

Michelle Maternowski

The two candidates for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat faced off in their first debate on Monday night. Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin has been described by some as one of the country’s most liberal lawmakers, while her opponent Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir is considered one of Wisconsin’s most conservative.

Health care was the first topic of the debate. Baldwin admitted that a plan she supports that would provide health care for all is expensive — an estimated at $32 trillion over a decade — but says something has to give.

Emily Files

Wisconsin’s higher education system is going through a quiet but major change. Beginning this school year, the state’s 13 two-year colleges are now branch campuses of four-year universities. The restructuring is an effort to keep the colleges’ doors open despite declining enrollment and revenue.

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Monday is Indigenous Peoples' Day in parts of the U.S. In others, it’s Christopher Columbus Day — a fact that many Native American activists take issue with, given Columbus' crimes against native peoples, including enslavement, murder and genocidal acts.

Although Native American history predates the U.S. history by thousands of years, many textbooks condense it to a few paragraphs. But throughout the history of the nation, native people have fought for their rights through battles, legislation and demonstrations. 

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After a bitter fight that culminated in sexual assault accusations and an FBI investigation, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is now Justice Kavanaugh. The U.S. Senate confirmed Kavanaugh over the weekend and he was then sworn in to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Wisconsin's U.S. senators split on the matter, with Republican Ron Johnson voting yes and Democrat Tammy Baldwin voting no to confirmation. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, whether those votes will come back to haunt the two senators.   

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