Author Archives: Julia Hunter

Wisconsin workplace shooting suspect had revoked gun permit

MIDDLETON – The gunman who shot four people at a Dane County software company Wednesday was flagged as being a danger to co-workers and banned from having firearms more than a decade ago, new police records show. WTS Paradigm employee Anthony Tong was taken to a mental health hospital and barred from buying firearms 14…

UW-Whitewater chancellor didn’t notify campus of allegations against husband until months later

WHITEWATER – After a UW-Whitewater investigation concluded in June that Pete Hill, husband of Chancellor Beverly Kopper, had sexually harassed female employees, UW System President Ray Cross stripped him of his honorary role and banned him from campus. Kopper didn’t notify the public that her husband was no longer allowed on campus until last week, though. The announcement came just…

Google News Lab, Propublica offer election reporting tools

Leading up to the midterm elections, Google News Lab has created a way to see what’s trending at the state, county and city level. Google Trends Midterm can show local journalists what issues matter where they live that might not be reflected in polls, News Lab’s Data Editor Simon Rogers told Poynter. He pointed to…

Walker’s office provides list of resources for residents affected by flooding

MADISON – As flooding impacts communities across Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker’s office today issued a press release with updates from various state agencies, as well as available resources. A statewide state of emergency was declared on Aug. 29, directing all state agencies to assist as appropriate in response and recovery efforts. Updates and resources provided…

Review of state government websites finds functional, security deficiencies

A detailed review of 400 state government websites found that nearly all of them are deficient in some foundational functionalities, including load speeds, mobile readiness, security and accessibility, Government Technology magazine reported Wednesday. The review — conducted by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation — assessed page-load speed, mobile friendliness, security and accessibility. Only one state…