Special Report: Nearly three-quarters of MPS high school students labeled ‘truants’

Though the most recent data available shows an increase in the number of MPS students in seats, truancy has plagued the district for more than a decade. (Photo by Tessa Fox)

More than a decade of increased truancy in MPS high schools prompts questions about what the district is doing to address the empty desks.

Special Report: Black men bear the brunt of unequal enforcement of marijuana laws

Rodney Hudson, 30, said he feels his felony conviction for marijuana possession is essentially a sentence to a life of poverty. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

Despite the large racial disparity in the way marijuana possession laws are enforced in Wisconsin, decriminalization advocates say nothing will change as long as the issue is considered an “inner city” problem.

Special Report: Non-driving offenses lead to license suspension for teens

Alejandra Morales lost his driver’s license before he gained it for unpaid citations for non-driving offenses such as retail theft and disorderly conduct. (Photo by Rick Brown)

Some Milwaukee teens are getting their driver’s licenses suspended — sometimes prior to getting them — for unpaid tickets from non-driving offenses.

Special Report, Part 2: Educators wary of phony diplomas, decry victimization of adult students

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An undercover investigation by the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service revealed just how far some online high school programs are willing to go to enroll students, and how they continue to evade law enforcement.

Special Report, Part 1: ‘Diploma mill’ scams continue to plague Milwaukee’s adult students

Lorenz High School is one of several unaccredited online operations that claim to offer applicants access to a GED certificate for a fee. (Online image capture 4/15/14 by Scottie Lee Meyers)

An undercover investigation by the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service revealed how far some online high school programs are willing to go to enroll students, and how they continue to evade law enforcement.

Special Report: Undocumented immigrants pay heavy price for minor offenses

Jose Calderon speaks about his case during a deportation protest in front of ICE's Milwaukee office on 310 E. Knapp St. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

Many undocumented immigrants from Milwaukee County who were deported as a result of the federal Secure Communities program were guilty of misdemeanor offenses, such as driving without a license, according to a new report.

Advocates question state cutbacks in cancer program for low-income women

Hundreds of women's health advocates gathered recently at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to discuss federal and state policies affecting a program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income women.

Women’s health care advocates are urging state administrators to delay a proposal that restructures a breast and cervix cancer screening program for uninsured women.