Federal judge grants class action status to inmates at youth prison


All current and future inmates in the state’s youth prison under investigation over allegations of abuse can now join a lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections that is moving through federal court, a judge ruled on Friday. > Wisconsin State Journal

GOP budget shortchanges Wisconsin students


State Sen. Chris Larson: Two months past the due date, the Joint Finance committee finally took up the education budget and voted to shortchange our kids once again. The delay also means school payments are delayed until Gov. Walker gets around to signing and/or vetoing their final budget. Our kids deserve better. > Cap Times

Administrator of troubled Lincoln Hills youth prison moves to smaller role


The top administrator of the state’s youth prison, which has been under a two-year investigation, has taken on a smaller role. Wendy Peterson, superintendent of the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, has returned to a role she held previously as head of the prison’s education department. > Wisconsin State Journal

Youth prison staff pepper sprayed teens 103 times in six months


Guards at the state’s youth prison pepper sprayed teen inmates there more than 100 times in the first six months of the year, a new report shows. One inmate at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls in Irma was pepper sprayed 12 times between January and June. > Wisconsin State Journal

State Assembly task force to examine possible changes to foster care system


The state Assembly has formed a bipartisan task force to look at ways to change how Wisconsin’s foster care system is run and funded.  Among the things the task force will examine is recruiting younger foster parents and the possibility of increasing the amount the state pays foster parents. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker signs bills ending teen work permits and allowing robot deliveries


Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Wednesday that allows robot delivery vehicles to operate on sidewalks and in crosswalks in Wisconsin (FOX6 Milwaukee), as well as a bill that eliminates requirements that 16- and 17-year-olds get parental permission to work (WSAW Wausau).

While nation sees sharp drop in teens using e-cigs, Wisconsin experiences an increase


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data last week showing that 11.3 percent of high schoolers used e-cigarettes in 2016, a sharp decline from previous years. Wisconsin unfortunately went the other direction, seeing a rise to 13.3 percent. > Wisconsin Public Radio