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DPI announces school-funding numbers

DPI announces school-funding numbers

The Department of Public Instruction released school-funding numbers Tuesday, and 183 districts will see an increase in state aid. Another 239 districts, including the Madison Metropolitan School District, will see a decrease in state aid.

Total aid given to districts has increased by a total of $47.9 million from the last school year bringing the total school funding budget to $4.342 billion, according to a release.

Funding for Madison will drop 14.5 percent compared to last year. The district will get $49.9 million from the state, which is about $9 million less than last year.

Report: UW students better at paying student loans

Report: UW students better at paying student loans

University of Wisconsin-Madison students do a better job than most at repaying student loans, according to the U.S. Department of Education's federal student aid figures.

UW-Madison students had a 1.11 percent default rate on federal Perkins Loans in 2012 compared to the national average of about 11 percent.

Perkins Loans are normally for students with high financial need.

Pick Six: Badger hockey goalie Alex Rigsby

Pick Six: Badger hockey goalie Alex Rigsby

The Badger women's hockey team, off to a 2-0 start, are at Minnesota this weekend.

Goalie Alex Rigsby was named WCHA defensive player of the week. And she's the subject of News 3's Pick Six, a series in which we get to know prominent local athletes a little better.

Water Wagon pours H2O at area schools

Water Wagon pours H2O at area schools

As part of an effort to encourage healthy habits for kids, the city's "Water Wagon" will make stops at five Madison elementary schools in the next two weeks.

Madison Water Utility is taking its water unit to Chavez Elementary, Huegel Elementary, Van Hise Elementary and Marquette Elementary. The tour kicked off last week with a stop at Muir Elementary, the city said.

The Water Wagon tour is meant to promote healthy choices, like staying hydrated, as part of a challenge to students over two weeks to walk or bike to school, also called the Walk or Wheel Challenge.

QB Rodgers comes to UW for good cause

QB Rodgers comes to UW for good cause

Star power came together on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to raise awareness about the Congo.

Emmanuelle Chriqui, an actress from the TV show Entourage, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers were at the Memorial Union Terrace on Monday night thanks to The Enough Project and UW?s student chapter of the Conflict Free Campus Initiative.

Their goal is to bring peace in Congo where blood diamonds help fund brutal wars and children are often kidnapped and trained as soldiers.

Rodgers spoke about how students can urge companies that make the electronics they use often, like cellphone, to use materials that do not come from conflict zones.

?We can say to those tech companies and those people, we want to live in a world where our electronics do not fund rape and war,? Rodgers said.

The Conflict Free Campus Initiative is currently on more than 150 college campuses across the country.

Award-winning journalist is first WUD lecture speaker of year

Award-winning journalist is first WUD lecture speaker of year

The first speaker of the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series this year is award-winning journalist Michele Norris, according to a release.

Norris will be speaking Monday in Varsity Hall at Union South at 7:30 p.m., according to the release. Tickets are not required to attend the free event.

Norris has more than two decades of experience and is currently a host and special correspondent for National Public Radio, organizers said. Previously, she served as co-host for NPR’s All Things Considered, public radio’s longest-running national program, with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block. Norris hosted from 2002 to 2012.

She released her first book, “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir,” in September 2013, according to the release. It focused on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election and explores her own family’s racial legacy.

State well represented in UW-Madison freshman class

State well represented in UW-Madison freshman class

The incoming freshman class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison boasts the most Wisconsin residents in 12 years.

This year's class includes 3,837 students from Wisconsin, according to figures released Thursday. That's the largest number of state residents since the incoming class of 2001, which had 3,947 Wisconsin residents.

The university says the percentage of Wisconsin residents who were offered admission increased 9.5 percent over last year.

This year's freshman class of 6,339 students is also the largest in the school's history.

Students hail from every county in Wisconsin, from 45 states and Washington, D.C., and from 34 countries.