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Kay Nolan combines solid research and thorough reporting with impeccable writing skills and journalistic integrity to produce top-quality writing, from brief articles to entire publications.

Kay tackles the difficult subjects, such as scientific research, medical and health issues, government regulation and business and financial news in a way that is accurate and truly informative, while at the same time easy for the average reader to understand.

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Christian Science Monitor

The new classroom is a factory

Former lab technician Annette Helmich is thrilled to have a new, in-demand skill and a full-time job to go with it – welding machinery.
While Ms. Helmich started learning her new craft by spending four weeks
at a local community college, she says she polished her welding skills on the factory floor of her new employer, AGCO Corp.

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2016 Presidential Election Coverage

House Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP voters Saturday “it’s time to come home and go out and vote,” while U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson warned there is a “razor-thin margin” in his race with Dem Russ Feingold. Meanwhile, GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence called Donald Trump “a winner, a fighter” during
a rally here. “And until very recently it seemed like he was out there fighting all on his own,” Pence said. “But now this movement is coming together, this party is coming together, Wisconsin is coming together. Let’s elect Donald Trump the next president of the United States.

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CQ Researcher

Domestic Poverty, Can stricter work mandates reduce the poverty rate?

A decade after the 2007-09 financial crisis and the weak recovery that followed, the U.S. poverty rate has reverted to prerecession levels, but extreme poverty is worsening.
Economists attribute this situation to widening
income disparity, wage stagnation, a scarcity of affordable housing and the growing prevalence of part-time or temporary employment.

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Diversity IS

The Independent School Mindset on Physical Disabilities Is Still Behind the Times, Experts Say

Independent K-12 schools have been required by law to open their doors to people with physical disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs, for nearly 30 years. Though they provide physical accommodations for students with disabilities, some schools struggle to overcome a “mindset” that prevents them from even considering enrolling such students, says Tom Glassberg.

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New York Times

5 Killed in Shooting at Molson Coors in Milwaukee

In a city renowned for its brewing tradition, the sprawling Molson Coors campus was an icon in itself, a place known for decades to Milwaukee locals as the
old Miller Brewery. But on Wednesday afternoon, officials said, a worker still in his uniform stormed the facility and began shooting. He killed five people, all fellow employees. “It’s frightening,” said Representative Gwen Moore, a Democrat whose district includes Milwaukee, and whose congressional office includes a Miller High Life sign.

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CQ Researcher

Foster Care, Can the System Handle Soaring Demand?

Increasing demand for foster care and adoption services is overwhelming state and private child-placement agencies across the country, a trend stemming largely from parental opioid abuse that has shattered families and orphaned thousands of children.
Overworked caseworkers are boarding children in hotels, state offices and even cars while they scramble to find homes for them, even as many states cut spending on programs that benefit children and families.

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Long line checkout scenarios
Christian Science Monitor

At the retail store, a long line of questions at checkout

Retail stores are increasingly barraging their customers with questions. It’s marketing for them. Is it good for you? In a down economy, merchants not only want to impress customers with attentive service, they are also using sophisticated software to cross-sell and up-sell items to boost their bottom lines. At Albrecht’s Sentry Foods, a family-owned grocery store in Delafield, Wis., cashier Jackie Ryerson says hardy customers are sometimes surprised when she asks, “Would you like help out to your car?”

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Dominique Heaggan-Brown, center, with his lawyers at the opening of his trial in Milwaukee on Tuesday in the killing of Sylville K. Smith. If convicted of first-degree reckless homicide, Mr. Heaggan-Brown, a former police officer, could face up to 60 years in prison
New York Times

Milwaukee Officer is Acquitted in High Profile Trial

When the police officer went on trial for first-degree reckless homicide in a shooting that touched off riots in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park, body camera footage became key evidence. I covered this trial, leading to three stories, the final one making page 1A. I was the only member of the media to coax an interview from the mother of the officer on trial. I also covered the emotional reaction outside the courthouse after the verdict.

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Milwaukee Magazine

Around the Clock: The 12-hour shift is now the norm in the nursing profession. Although many nurses welcome a flexible schedule, is it good for the patients?

The Facebook post — uploaded in November 2014 — had been shared 636,912 times by the afternoon of July 9, 2015. And the momentum was still going.
A few hours later, there were 2,500 more “shares,” and by July 10, another 11,151 people had shared the post, which attracted more than 5,000 comments. The hot topic? Nurses and their long hours.

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