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Medical College of Wisconsin researchers identify link between mortgage lending bias and cancer survival

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have identified a linkage between contemporary redlining, mortgage lending bias based on property location, and mortality after breast cancer diagnosis among older women in the United States. The results, published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, show women residing in more heavily redlined areas experience worse survival rates, after controlling for disease and demographic factors. This is the first nation-wide study to examine the relationship between contemporary mortgage lending bias and cancer survival. Researchers found redlining differed by race and ethnicity with 79% of non-Hispanic Black and 57% of Hispanic...

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Bouncing Back: Wisconsin sees economic recovery from pandemic while lawmakers undermine progress

Governor Tony Evers celebrated Wisconsin’s continued economic recovery and bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic on June 8 as the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released projections underscoring the state’s economic success. The revenue projections announced were more than $4.4 billion higher than had previously been estimated in January. The news comes as Wisconsin continues to lead the country in getting available shots in arms and the state has continued seeing economic rebounds, including the state’s April unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, which has nearly returned to March 2020 pre-pandemic levels and remains well below the national rate in April...

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Bus driver shortage causes MCTS to suspend special service routes to summer events in 2021

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) announced on June 14 that it will not be able to offer special summer service to Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair, or lakefront cultural festivals this year due to a shortage of bus drivers. However, festivalgoers and event employees will still be able to ride MCTS’s regular bus routes that operate to and from the event sites 365 days a year. Normally, in addition to its fixed network that consists of dozens of bus routes across Milwaukee County, MCTS would also run seasonal shuttles and ‘Freeway Flyers’ that transport passengers between Park and...

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New Federal Holiday: Congress to formally recognize Juneteenth as the nation’s “second” Independence Day

The Senate unanimously approved a bill on June 15 that would make Juneteenth, or June 19th, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The bill would lead to Juneteenth becoming the 12th federal holiday. It is expected to easily pass the House, which would send it to President Joe Biden for his signature. Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free. Confederate soldiers surrendered in April 1865, but word did not reach the last enslaved Black people until June 19, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to Galveston,...

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Celebrating Freedom: Why Juneteenth Day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States

Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union soldiers in 1865 told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and they were free. Celebrations include parades, concerts, and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. The celebration started with the freed slaves of Galveston, Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the South in 1863, it could not be enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War in 1865. Laura Smalley,...

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Podcast: Stories of the Black cowboys who found freedom on the high plains after the Civil War

Zaron Burnett III’s dad did not want slavery to be the only image his son had of Black people in American history. Every night he filled Burnett’s dreams with captivating stories of legendary Black cowboys. Despite generations of what White Hollywood selectively taught the nation about the Old West era, one-in-four cowboys were Black. Their stories tell a bigger, braver, and more honest history of America. Black Cowboys presents this past and reminds us that they have been here, they did that, and yes – Black cowboys are very much real. Written and hosted by Burnett, the iHeart Originals...

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