LaToya Dennis

News Reporter

LaToya Dennis joined WUWM in October 2006 as a reporter / producer. LaToya began her career in public radio as a part-time reporter for WKAR AM/FM in East Lansing, Michigan. She worked as general assignment reporter for WKAR for one and a half years while working toward a master's degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. While at WKAR, she covered General Motors plant closings, city and state government, and education among other critical subjects.

Before coming to public radio, LaToya interned at the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan. She also took part in NPR's 2005 Next Generation Radio Project in Kansas City, Missouri as well as NPR's summer 2006 Next Generation Radio Project in Indianapolis, Indiana.

LaToya holds both a Bachelor's degree and a Masters degree in journalism from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Dennis is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Across Wisconsin, more than 700 people have died from COVID-19. Still, officials in Milwaukee County worry that people are getting too comfortable and aren’t taking precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik says the city is seeing an uptick in youth under the age of 15 contracting COVID-19. She says the trend is largely on Milwaukee's south side, in the 53215 and 53214 ZIP codes.

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Lauren Sigfusson

There are three types of people in this world: Those who notice nothing. Those who notice but don’t care to question. And then there are those who ask why. David Wagner is the last one.

David reached out to Bubbler Talk — our series where you ask, we investigate, and together we unveil the answers — to learn about a road he often passes.

What is Seven Mile Road 7 miles from?

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How often do you order food and have it delivered versus going to a sit-down restaurant? Across the United States, food delivery is the fastest-growing segment in the restaurant industry — and it’s left some business owners struggling with how to deal with the changes. In Milwaukee, Cousins Subs has its own answer: a delivery-only facility.

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is running for reelection. He announced that he was seeking his fifth term on Wednesday at the Sherman Phoenix in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood.

Standing in front of a chalk board mural of a phoenix with the words "Still, I Rise" written above it and flanked by supporters — mainly black and brown people — Barrett made it clear he's more optimistic about the future of Milwaukee than he's ever been.

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There are lots of programs that have inspirational messages for kids, telling them to reach for the skies. A group in Madison, Wis., is taking that literally, giving children from disadvantaged backgrounds a chance to fly a plane.

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There's a lot of money being made across the country from the legalization of marijuana.

While weed is still illegal at the federal level, nearly 20 states allow the use of medical marijuana. The District of Columbia and 11 states have legalized the recreational use — Illinois is one. The new law goes into effect in January. It's expected to eventually bring in anywhere between $500 million and $700 million a year. 

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Lincoln Hills is once again in the news.

The juvenile facility has been in the limelight for years, after allegations surfaced in 2014 of kids being physically and sexually abused and the ACLU filed a lawsuit over the use of solitary confinement and pepper spray.  

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What does it take to get people out of their homes and willing to sit in a restaurant these days?

That's a question a lot of businesses are grappling with in the era of Uber Eats, Grubhub and other food delivery services. Across the United States and in the Milwaukee area, some developers are betting on food halls.

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It’s been more than a year since the city of Milwaukee agreed to a settlement with the ACLU of Wisconsin over Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) practices of stopping people of color without cause. While the department has made significant steps in meeting the terms of the agreement, there are areas where MPD is falling short.

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Lauren Sigfusson

Have you ever wondered about the stories behind the names of some buildings and streets and even cities you encounter?

A lot of you have written to Bubbler Talk asking about the origins of West Allis. Whether there was ever an east, north or south Allis. And why the city is called West Allis if there is, in fact, no Allis to be west of.

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Milwaukee County leaders want to put a binding referendum on the ballot that would raise the county sales tax by 1%. But before the county can take that step, it needs approval from the state legislature.

City and county officials say the goal is to not only reduce the property tax here, but to also create a new source of revenue.

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Should the legal age to buy cigarettes and vaping products be raised to 21?

That’s the question some Wisconsin lawmakers are now grappling with after a bipartisan bill was introduced calling for just that. Lawmakers behind the legislation say the goal is to lessen the number of teens who vape.

READ: City Of Milwaukee Urges Residents To Stop Vaping Immediately

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The city of Milwaukee Health Department is urging residents to stop using all vaping products immediately.

So far, doctors in Wisconsin have confirmed 16 cases of chemical pneumonia that they believe are related to vaping. The only commonality at this point is that everyone impacted reported vaping or dabbing vaping marijuana oils and extracts in the weeks before becoming sick.

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For years, elected officials and business leaders have been saying there was a disconnect between getting people who need jobs in Milwaukee to where the available jobs are in areas such as Waukesha County.

The JobLines bus route was supposed to fix that issue. However, by the end of this August, the portion of that line that goes into Waukesha County will end. 

READ: As Milwaukee's JobLines Service Ends, What's Next?

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Sexting. With technological advances, it’s a word most of us have become familiar with in recent years.

While the act of sending and receiving nude photos via an electronic device can create challenges for adults, image the havoc it can cause for teens.

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