VA Chief Shinseki Resigns, Promoting Literacy For Kids, Wisconsin News Roundup

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Should books be treated as a health supplement for children? Rob Ferrett and Gene Purcell learn when to get kids started on reading. They also get analysis on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation and review the week’s top Wisconsin headlines.

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  • Weekly News Roundup: Federal Judge Hears Testimony In Abortion Law Challenge

    Here’s a rundown of some of the top news stories in Wisconsin this week:

    • Federal Judge Hears Testimony In Abortion Law Challenge: All week, U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison has heard testimony in a challenge to a new state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic. Testimony came from attorneys from the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, doctors who support the new law, and abortion research experts. A ruling is expected sometime next month.
    • Walker Campaign Responds To Reports Of Possible Settlement In John Doe Probe: On Thursday, Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign issued a statement on a John Doe criminal investigation that was recently halted by a federal judge. The statement didn’t refute reports that Walker’s lawyer was in settlement talks with the prosecutor of the probe.
    • John Doe Targets Sue Wisconsin Election Officials In Waukesha County: On Friday, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, a group that was targeted by an investigation into potentially illegal campaign activity, filed a lawsuit against election officials in Wisconsin. The organization says officials were abusing their powers by infringing on the rights of political activists. This is the latest of several lawsuits filed regarding the John Doe investigation; other suits are currently in the state court system and another has been filed in federal court.
    • Medical College Of Wisconsin Will Get Funding As Part Of Concussion Research Initiative: On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Collegiate Athletics Association announced the Medical College of Wisconsin will get several million dollars in funding for sports-related concussion research. The joint initiative will also include the University of Michigan and Indiana University. Experts are saying this is the most comprehensive look at sports concussions and head impact exposure.
  • VA Chief Shiseki Resigns

    VA Chief Eric Shinseki resigned today amid wide-ranging problems at VA hospitals across the nation. Were bipartisan calls for his resignation justified?

  • Books As A Health Supplement For Kids

    Books and reading are a vital part of children’s health–and it starts way before elementary school. That’s according to a pediatrician leading early literacy programs in Wisconsin.

  • State News Round-Up For May 30th, 2014

    WPR’s assistant news director joins us to talk about what’s making news in Wisconsin this week.

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  • Veronica Rueckert Producer
  • Marika Suval Producer
  • Noah Ovshinsky Guest
  • Tom Shoop Guest
  • Dr. Dipesh Navsaria Guest

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