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Support For Gun Control Will Likely Rise After Uvalde. But History Suggests It Will Fade

FiveThirtyEight took a look at polling and media data to show how support for gun laws has increased amid intense media coverage of past school shootings, but then reverted back toward the previous mean as the media spotlight moved on to other issues.

They examined the period around two school shootings in 2018 to see how coverage of those events corresponded with changes in support for increased gun control.

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Elon Musk Says Upcoming Recession Is 'Actually A Good Thing,' And Predicts How Long It Will Last

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has gained even more notoriety amid his purchase of Twitter and who has previously predicted an economic recession, claimed that the upcoming recession is "actually a good thing," a necessary "rude awakening" after a lax attitude from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Modest Warming In U.S. Views On Israel And Palestinians

In recent years, U.S. public opinion has become modestly more positive toward both sides in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Overall, Americans continue to express more positive feelings toward the Israeli people than toward the Palestinian people – and to rate the Israeli government more favorably than the Palestinian government.

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Russian, NASA Astronauts ‘Fight It Out’ At International Space Station; US Crew Says Wanted To ‘Poke Holes’ In His Logic

The repercussions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine appear to be extending into space as well, with a NASA astronaut revealing rising tensions with Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Ray Liotta, Actor In ‘Goodfellas,’ Dies At 67

Ray Liotta, the intense actor from New Jersey best known for his turn as the hustler turned mob rat Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas, has died. He was 67.

Publicist Jennifer Allen told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor died Wednesday night or early Thursday in his sleep in his hotel room while in the Dominican Republic making the movie Dangerous Waters. His fiancée, Jacy Nittolo, was with him. He had begun work on the film about a week ago.

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Wisconsin Headlines

La Crosse Man Sentenced To 92 Months For Illegal Gun Possession

Joshua K. Breidel, 34, La Crosse, Wisconsin was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 92 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. This prison term will be followed by 36 months of supervised release. Breidel pleaded guilty to this charge on March 1, 2022.

On the early morning of August 4, 2021, Breidel was involved in a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend in La Crosse. She later told La Crosse Police Department (LCPD) officers that during the argument, Breidel pointed a Glock handgun at her, which he had previously stolen from her. The girlfriend fled the house and reported hearing a pop, which she assumed was the defendant firing a round at her. Breidel later admitted to discharging the firearm. Breidel’s girlfriend described her relationship with Breidel as abusive and said he regularly threatened to kill her, her children, and her family.

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Armed Felon Sentenced To 42 Months In Federal Prison

Anthony Brooks, 30, Middleton, Wisconsin pleaded guilty and was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 42 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a felon.

On July 19, 2021, in a hotel parking lot in Madison, Brooks grabbed a gun from his car, pointed it at two hotel security officers and threatened to shoot them. Brooks, who was intoxicated, then fled the scene and was arrested nearby in possession of a loaded firearm. Brooks was previously convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm in Dane County in 2017.

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Even With High Gas Prices, Memorial Day Travel Expected To Ramp Up In Wisconsin

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is shaping up to be one of the busiest travel weekends since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

AAA Wisconsin is projected 740,946 Wisconsin residents will travel 50 or more miles between Thursday and Monday. That's not quite as many as what the state saw in 2019, but it's 7.4 percent more than last year's travel numbers.

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Marquette Poll Shows Abortion Rights Will Be A Major Factor In The Mid-Term Elections

Abortion rights will be a major factor in this year’s mid-term elections. Poll director Charles Franklin says very few respondents are not engaged with the issue.

“54% say they would support the candidate who favors keeping abortion legal, 31% would support the candidate who favors strictly limiting abortion, and 14% say abortion really wouldn’t matter to them as an issue in this campaign.”

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Wisconsin Foodbank Network Receives $4,500 Donation

The Wisconsin foodbank network, Feeding Wisconsin, received a $4,500 donation from several agricultural organizations on Thursday.

This donation was made by the Wisconsin Beef Council, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center through the proceeds raised from the 2nd Annual Burgers & Buns Fun Run.

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Last Update: May 27, 2022 6:30 am CDT

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