Morning Headlines - Monday, Apr. 29, 2024

U.S. & World and Wisconsin headlines, and today's meme.

Morning Headlines - Monday, Apr. 29, 2024

U.S. and World Headlines

Demonstrations Roil US Campuses Ahead Of Graduations As Protesters Spar Over The War In Gaza

Protests are roiling college campuses across the U.S. as upcoming graduation ceremonies are threatened by disruptive demonstrators, with students and others sparring over the war in Gaza and its mounting death toll.

Many campuses were largely quiet over the weekend as demonstrators stayed by tents erected as protest headquarters, although a few colleges saw forced removals and arrests. Many students are demanding their universities cut financial ties with Israel over the large-scale operation in Gaza it says was launched to stamp out the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

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Poll: Biden And Trump Supporters Sharply Divided By The Media They Consume

Supporters of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are sharply divided across all sorts of lines, including the sources they rely on to get their news, new data from the NBC News poll shows.

Biden is the clear choice of voters who consume newspapers and national network news, while Trump does best among voters who don’t follow political news at all.

The stark differences help highlight the strategies both candidates are using as they seek another term in the White House — and shed some light on why the presidential race appears relatively stable.

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How Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang Transformed His Video Game Graphics Company Into A Titan Of AI

Nvidia's groundbreaking innovation — the graphics processing unit —  is powering humanoid robots, the design of virtual movie sets and the creation of protein-based drugs to fight diseases.

Insatiable demand for Nvidia's GPU-powered technology, used for artificial intelligence, pushed the company into the stock market stratosphere, where it joined Microsoft, Apple, and Alphabet - the parent company of Google - to become one of just four U.S. companies to ever top $2 trillion in stock market valuation.

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All Eyes On Greene Threat To Oust Speaker Johnson

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) returns to Washington this week celebrating several recent policy victories but also facing a renewed threat to his gavel from a small but unpredictable group of conservative rebels infuriated by his leadership style.

Johnson received widespread praise from leaders in both parties this month after muscling two high-profile proposals through the House: an increase in aid for Ukraine and an extension of Washington’s warrantless spying powers. But his decision to champion those controversial policies — and to forge deals with President Biden and the Democrats to get them done — has sparked a new backlash from a handful of hard-liners vowing to topple him from power.

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Pressure Mounting On NCAA Transgender Student-Athlete Participation Policy

A group of transgender athletes and allies is asking the National Collegiate Athletic Association to protect trans and nonbinary athletes' place in NCAA sports.

The Indianapolis-based NCAA is the largest college sports governing body in the country, covering more than 500,000 student-athletes at 1,000-plus higher education institutions.

The NCAA hosted its annual Inclusion Forum in downtown Indianapolis last week, with programming focused on each of the NCAA Office of Inclusion's five core areas: disability, international, LGBTQ, race/ethnicity and women.

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Wisconsin Headlines

Wisconsin DOJ: Suspect Dies Following Officer Involved Shooting In Beloit

The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into an officer involved death in the City of Beloit, officials said Sunday afternoon.

At around 9:46 a.m., Beloit Police Officers responded to a 911 call near the 1700 block of Ashland Avenue, according to authorities.

When officers arrived, they allegedly saw someone with two bladed weapons moving towards another person, Wisconsin DOJ said. The officers instructed the armed subject to drop the weapons, but the subject did not listen.

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Coalition Pushes For Closure Of Wisconsin’s Green Bay Prison

A coalition of politicians, members of law enforcement and formerly incarcerated people took to the state Capitol last week to urge the governor and state lawmakers to shut down one of Wisconsin’s oldest prisons.

The group’s goal is to get Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to commit to closing the Green Bay Correctional Institution, or GBCI, in Wisconsin’s next two-year budget, Rep. David Steffen, R-Green Bay, said during a forum in Madison.

He was joined by numerous local elected officials, including Allouez Village President Jim Rafter, who’s running for the state Senate as a Republican.

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University Of Wisconsin Chancellor Is Still Making $90K Salary Despite Being Fired For X-Rated Videos

The University of Wisconsin chancellor, who was previously fired for creating X-rated videos with his wife and an assortment of porn stars, is still making his $90,000 salary from the state-funded institution.

Joe Gow, 64, was fired last year from his role as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, but has retained his role as a communications professor.

Accordingly, his salary plummeted from more than $250,000 annually, to about $92,000.

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How One Wisconsin Man Plagued Election Offices And Stoked Mistrust

Peter Bernegger has spent the last three and a half years bombarding local election offices in Wisconsin with litigation and accusations of fraud. He’s brought at least 18 lawsuits against election clerks and offices in state court, and on social media, he has relentlessly promoted his litigation and circulated false claims about election fraud in the swing state.

His campaign has recently landed him in legal trouble – Bernegger now faces criminal charges for allegedly falsifying a subpoena in connection with a lawsuit against the state’s top election office.

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Katsma Not Seeking Reelection

Rep. Terry Katsma, R-Oostburg, announced today he won’t seek reelection after a decade in the state Assembly.

Katsma, who turned 66 on Tuesday, worked 34 years at a community bank before his election to the Assembly in 2014. He was a prominent voice in the GOP push to cut taxes while serving on the Joint Finance Committee, where he served as vice-chair this session.

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Last Update: Apr 29, 2024 6:57 am CDT

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