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UW-Eau Claire's student radio station.

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Inside Eau Claire

The work of UW-Eau Claire student journalists.

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The Spectator

UW-Eau Claire's student newspaper.

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Eau Claire Poverty Summit moves toward final phase

By Nicole Bellford It all began as a community conversation. Nearly 10 years ago, when former Eau Claire City Manager, Michael Huggins, helped form Clear Vision, a citizen-based community visioning and strategic planning initiative, he wasn’t sure what kinds of problems the program was going to tackle. By 2015, rising poverty levels in Eau Claire

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Chippewa Valley is taking strides to improve veteran-specific addiction and mental health services

By Sydney Purpora It was May 2005 and 33-year-old David Carlson had been in the U.S. Army National Guard for a little under a year. After searching for HVTs for hours in 100 degree weather on foreign ground and finding nothing of interest, Carlson and his dismounted operation unit began marching back to their Bradley

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Obesity rates are climbing, but hope is coming in Wisconsin

By Taylor Pomasl and Elizabeth Gosling Mariah Ruehle goes out to parties, treats herself to ice cream after writing a long paper and sprawls out on the couch to watch Netflix. The 20-year-old college student, however, made a commitment last summer and hasn’t turned her back on it since. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire criminal

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Parents of special needs students fight for kids’ education

By Samantha West The doctor’s appointment was supposed to be like any other 5-year-old check-up. But Bruce Jens wasn’t like other children his age. He was having meltdowns at daycare regularly; his parents Jessaca and Stephen didn’t know why. He wasn’t doing well in his early education program; they didn’t know why. As she would

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Social media addiction negatively impacts college students

By Erica Jones and Elizabeth Gosling After a long day of high school, Brian Ellingboe, who is now 20 years old, intended to go home and sit down to face his homework. Instead, he would let the “pings” of social media notifications take his attention elsewhere. “Back in high school, when I was addicted to

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UW-Eau Claire students of color report feeling unwelcome

By Taylor Pomasl and Allison Anhalt Joel Sweeny prefers to sit in the back of his University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire classes. When topics of diversity are brought up, he says, he is often singled out to speak on an entire race’s behalf. Sweeney, an African American student, says that how people on campus see him

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Blugold football players ‘raise a fist’ for injustice

By Travis Nyhus, Sydney Purpora, Justin Dade Paralyzed with fear, 9-year-old Darius Sims stood frozen in place, suddenly staring down the barrel of a gun. A few minutes earlier he was playing in his friend’s yard a few blocks from home. Without warning, a police car pulled up in front of his cousin’s car and

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Treatment courts provide an alternative to incarceration

 By Nicole Bellford She had lost custody of her first two children. She was five months pregnant with her third child. Her teeth had begun falling out. In early 2016, Jaclyn Reidel said she decided she had finally reached a breaking point in her battle with a methamphetamine addiction that had lasted nearly two decades.

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Local Entrepreneur Advocates for Sex Education Reform

By Tiah Marr An Eau Claire local is trying to change the way young people receive sex education through research, implementation and entrepreneurship. “The older I get, the more ‘Aha’ moments I experience -and they suck.” CEO of Bending Paperclips, Mack John, discusses finding their answer to the question: What is sex? “My goal is expediting those aha

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