Erin Toner

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Wealthy Donors Look To Solve Financial Crisis In Kalamazoo, Mich.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Kalamazoo, Mich., is getting a little help from some wealthy friends to solve a growing financial crisis. Two local philanthropists have pledged $70 million to help the city end chronic budget deficits and cut property taxes. While private donors have rescued programs governments can no longer afford, such as public art and parks, rarely do people give millions directly to a city's general fund with no strings attached. But some question the donors' motivations and fear the arrangement could fundamentally change how government functions.


Gov. Scott Walker Goes Head-To-Head With Labor Over Right-To-Work

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wisconsin Republicans are fast-tracking a "right to work" bill to Gov. Scott Walker. The law aims to weaken private sector unions by letting employees opt out of paying dues.


To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym

Monday, June 23, 2014

After years of cutbacks, Milwaukee Public Schools are re-hiring teachers for classes beyond the basics. They are hoping to retain students as well as boost attendance and test scores.


Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Get Vets Back On Their Feet

Monday, April 21, 2014

Several bio-tech companies are developing exoskeletons that give people superhuman abilities. But these robotic suits are also doing something simpler: They're helping paralyzed veterans walk again.


No Room For Erasers, As Technology Deletes Pen Businesses

Thursday, November 07, 2013

We tweet. We text. We email. But how often do we really write anymore? Not much, if you look at the business of selling pens — or "fine writing instruments," as shop owners call them. With their writing tools becoming obsolete, pen stores have folded, including a century-old shop ...


School Districts Struggle To Get Principals To Stay Put

Monday, September 09, 2013

At Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts on the south side of Milwaukee, kids are back in class and getting their bearings in the sprawling building. So is Lila Hillman, the school's brand-new principal. She has to figure out where everything is, who everyone is, how to run a school ...


Sikhs Remember Tragedy By Embracing Faith

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Every Sunday, hundreds of worshippers descend on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, just south of Milwaukee. They come here to pray and to eat a weekly meal together, called a langar. On Aug. 5, 2012, as women were preparing the meal, a gunman opened fire, killing ...


Vets' Job Hunt May Be Thwarted By Disability Bias

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Army veteran Justin Claus of Wisconsin has been looking for work, unsuccessfully, for two years. He suspects his military disability may be keeping him from getting hired. And researc...