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Lawmakers take aim at home for Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, which operates the WisconsinWatch.org website, faces a threat from the state legislature that could kick the nonprofit organization out of its home at the University of Wisconsin.

The center, a pioneering effort in regional nonprofit investigative reporting, is run by longtime IRE member Andy Hall, and has conducted more than 100 investigations since its founding. A committee of lawmakers voted early Wednesday to add "a provision to the state budget expelling the Center for Investigative Journalism from University of Wisconsin offices," according to a report on the Center's website.

 The center is asking that those who are concerned about this action contact legislative leaders: Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau: 608-266-5660, Sen.Fitzgerald@legis.wisconsin.gov; Assembly speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, 608-266-9171, Rep.Vos@legis.wisconsin.gov

For more, go to the center's site.

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