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STATELINE NEWS -- At local police training sessions, participants often are asked to introduce themselves to the class with their names, the agency they work with and how long they’ve been on the job.

STATELINE NEWS-- When Veteran’s Day arrives next month, the country will again renew its pledge to our armed forces to never forget the sacrifice they’ve made for our country. While the day is marked to observe our many living veterans, sometimes the best way to do that is by helping them honor those that served beside them that didn’t make it home. This is the goal of the Wall of Faces project.

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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.

By late afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, when the presses began running Sunday's papers, our story on Wisconsin's voter ID law was correct and up-to-date.

By 8 p.m., our story already was outdated, even though papers won't get to most of our readers for two more days.

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: Politics this week is a roundup of election news for local candidates. It will run Sundays until the Nov. 4 election. Send your tips and scoops to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.

Note: Politics this week is a roundup of election news for local candidates. It will run Sundays until the Nov. 4 election. Send your tips and scoops to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Is it OK to be a registered voter simultaneously in two states?

Apparently so, but it certainly is frowned upon. It turns out that Kathy Myalls, who has a home in Fontana and is running as a Republican for the 17th District seat in the Illinois Assembly, has voted in separate elections in both Wisconsin and Illinois, according to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, later followed up by Steven Elbow of the Capital Times.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Candidates for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District are planning two debates in October, one at Carthage College and the other at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County in Janesville.

Democrat Rob Zerban of Kenosha faces incumbent Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville.

The debates were announced Thursday on Zerban's Facebook page and in a news release from Rep. Ryan.

Monday, Oct. 13: The debate will take place at Carthage College, in the Campbell Student Union Theater, and will be moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Roberg, chair of the college’s political science department.

Monday, Oct. 20: The debate will be at UW-Rock County, in the Wells Cultural Center Theatre, and will be moderated by Tim Bremel, radio talk-show host on WCLO.

Both debates will last one hour and start at 6:30 p.m.

In both debates, the moderator will be asking the questions of their own choice, and the candidates will have opening and closing statements. The debates will be open to the media and public.

“I appreciate Congressman Ryan’s willingness to meet head-to-head to discuss the important issues facing our nation,” said Zerban. “Although we have radically different visions of how to best solve the challenges of our day, we share a responsibility to engage the people of southern Wisconsin in a conversation about how we should move the country forward.”

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Video: Healthy communities candidate forum

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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Candidates give their introductory comments on alcohol, tobacco and heroin use in our communities. Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change as part of the Rock County Prevention Network, hosted a healthy communities forum Oct. 1, 2014. Candidates Dan Kilkenny, Janis Ringhand, Brian Fitzgerald, Amy Loudenbeck, Andy Jorgensen, Kolste and Mark Spreitzer attended. More on the forum is at WalworthCountyToday.com

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