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MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker's administration is working with both the National Guard and state hospital association to put plans in place to handle any outbreak of Ebola, the governor announced today, Oct. 17, 2014.

Walker emphasized there are no current or suspected cases in the state as of today.

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BELOIT -- Community members are hoping the recent reprimand to Beloit schools Superintendent Steve McNeal can be the catalyst to foster discussion over long simmering concerns among African-American parents.

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BELOIT — Community leaders and concerned citizens will hold a protest at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Beloit Memorial High School to express their concerns following the reprimand of the district superintendent.

Dr. Dennis Baskin, an active member of the Beloit chapter of the NAACP, told Channel3000.com that the protest will be peaceful and and provide opportunity for other community members to voice their opinions.

School District of Beloit Superintendent Steve McNeal was reprimanded Oct. 2 by the district’s board of education for using a racist image during the fall convocation.

John Acomb, board vice president, told WCLO radio Wednesday that McNeal is not a racist but used poor judgment when he displayed the image of an African-American man with bulging eyes.

McNeal said he used the image to illustrate the many hurdles encountered in the early stages of building the new Fran Fruzen intermediate school.

“First, and most importantly, I am deeply sorry the image used at convocation has upset anyone in the community,” McNeal wrote in a guest commentary in the Beloit Daily News.

“I made a mistake in my sensitivity. It was not my intention. The fact anyone was offended is not OK. It’s certainly something that won’t happen again,” he told the Daily News.

Not everyone is satisfied with the reprimand and apology, however.

Baskin, in a Daily News guest commentary Monday, called for McNeal to step down.

“His undesired behaviors have embarrassed the district enough and it’s time for fresh transformational leadership,” wrote Baskin. “If he doesn’t take the right step, the board should take the much needed steps to remove him for the good of the district.”

Note: HELP LINE: To reach the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, go to www.apfvwalworth.com or call the 24-hour phone line at 262-723-4653.

ELKHORN -- The Walworth County Association for the Prevention of Family Violence has signed on to a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging the league to take a leadership role in domestic violence prevention efforts.

"We asked them to come up with a strategy that shows this will not be accepted and puts it out there for America to see; this is a really important issue and you can help," said APFV Executive Director Heidi Lloyd. "It’s not just the players and what their expectations should be, but putting it out there for the fans, too."

STATELINE NEWS -- For the past several months, and for the next few to come, the partnership between AmeriCorps, the Rock County UW-Extension and the Farm to School, or F2S program, is ramping up its efforts in the Stateline.

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