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BREAKING NEWS / UPDATE: Wausau police confirm Stephanie Low's body was found in Wabeno; person of interest Kristopher Torgerson to be charged with homicide

WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU)  Wausau police say Stephanie Low's body has been found. Police revealed at a news conference today that a person of interest in her death, Kristopher Torgerson, led police to her body on September 19th. The body has since been positively ID'ed by the state crime lab. The autopsy lists 'homicide' as the cause of death. Torgerson had been questioned nearly four years ago after she had first disappeared. Wausau PD say he was in custody on other charges, and agreed to sh...

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Report: more low-income students don't complete degree programs at UW


MADISON (WSAU)   New figures show that a growing number of students from low-income families are not able to finish their degree programs at Wisconsin’s public universities. The U-W Board of Regents reviewed a report on the subject yesterday from university officials. It found that low-income students and those not eligible for federal Pell grants graduated in smaller rates since 1998. And the gap between those students and the more well-to-do grew by three-percent for whites, and four-percent for minorities.

The U-W has had hefty tuition increases in recent years, while federal Pell grants for low-income students have shrunk a couple times. Also, U-W Madison has the smallest need-based financial aid fund among all 12 schools in the Big Ten Conference.

U-W senior vice president Mark Nook told the Regents that the access gap is due mainly to larger tuition hikes from 2005-through-’07, and the Great Recession which hit afterward – while tuition was still going up five-and-a-half percent a year. Nook told the Regents quote, “We pretty much dared these students to finish” with the large tuition hikes.

The access gap comes at a time when the U-W is trying to increase its number of degree-holders in order to boost the state’s economy.