Inside the ‘free speech’ debate that rocked a Wisconsin campus and rippled across the country

PBS News Hour looks in-depth at the clashes on college campuses, spurred by extremist speakers, that have compelled legislators in more than a dozen states to introduce bills to punish hecklers, with the Wisconsin legislature adopting the country’s strictest policy.

‘Reclaim the UW’ protesters call for more higher education funding


Demonstrators called for legislators to better fund the UW System Wednesday in Madison. One of several protests focused on funding cuts and tuition freezes at campuses across the state within the last several months, the rally included speeches by Democratic gubernatorial candidates Tony Evers and Kelda Roys, and state Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point). > Wisconsin Public Radio

Evers: Can’t wait to replace UW regents


Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Tony Evers can’t wait to replace his UW System Board of Regents colleagues. Evers made the remarks during a protest Wednesday over plans to cut 13 liberal arts majors at UW-Stevens Point and a $250 million cut the system took in the 2015-2017 state budget. > AP News

Wisconsin has paid more than $800K to settle sexual harassment cases


Wisconsin taxpayers have paid nearly $800,000 over the past decade to settle a dozen claims of sexual harassment and one more related case, newly released records show.  The documents released to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel detail claims made since 2006 against agencies including the UW System, the Department of Corrections and the state Senate. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WPR, WPT will become part of UW-Madison under system reorganization


Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television will become part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison this summer, members of the UW System Board of Regents decided Tuesday. It represents a backpedal from an earlier vote that put the news operations in President Ray Cross’ office. > Cap Times

Free UW tuition for modest-income families, and possible grants for out-of-state students who stay in Wisconsin


UW-Madison has pledged to provide incoming freshmen with four years’ free tuition if they come from families making $56,000 or less. (AP News)  Meanwhile, the state legislature is considering a bill to offer grants to out-of-state UW students if they live and work in Wisconsin for at least two years after graduation. (Wisconsin Public Radio)