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Gaming has become a sport -- so to speak -- and also a vehicle to get scholarships. Big ones. Wochit

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Indiana Tech will start its third season of eSports in the fall. The 2017-18 squad will be the first group of Warriors to receive financial scholarships for their video game prowess. Chris Sims/IndyStar

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (left) and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (right)(Photo: AP; Journal Sentinel)

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) tried to grill Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Wednesday about the performance of the Milwaukee voucher program, at one point asking her if she'd send her own children to one of the city's lowest-performing voucher schools.

DeVos demurred on that question during a House subcommittee hearing. Later, she suggested that it would be up to states to figure out how to hold private schools accountable for the millions of public dollars they would receive under the Trump administration's proposed budget.

In their sprightly exchange, Pocan, who supports public schools, and DeVos, a longtime advocate of private schools, managed to do something remarkable: Explain the entire history and controversy over school vouchers in Wisconsin in under six minutes.

Here are some highlights from the house subcommittee meeting, plus a few fact checks:

Pocan asks DeVos if she would send her children to a Milwaukee voucher school called Right Step, Inc.

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Traffic travels in the northbound lane along Highway 43 just south of Donges Bay Rd. in Ozaukee County in October 2013.(Photo: Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

Traveling on Wisconsin's roads over the Memorial Day weekend? Expect fewer orange construction barrels as most highway construction work is put on hold to accommodate holiday travelers.

But that doesn't mean smooth sailing everywhere. Some lanes and exit/entrance ramps will remain closed in heavily trafficked areas.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation asked contractors to halt construction work on many highway improvement projects around the state between noon Friday and 6 a.m. Tuesday. Peak travel times for the Memorial Day weekend are expected to be noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Monday.

It's against the law for drivers to use handheld mobile devices in Wisconsin work zones except in emergencies. Fines start at $40.

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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. By Dan Egan. W.W. Norton. 384 pages. $27.95.(Photo: W.W. Norton)

Dan Egan's recently published book about the future of the Great Lakes is called "deeply researched and sharply written" by the New York Times Book Review.

The lengthy review of Egan's book, "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes," will appear in Sunday's Book Review and is online now. Egan is a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.

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Dan Egan(Photo: Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Written by author and writer Robert Moor, the review carries the headline "Nor Any Drop to Drink?: Why the Great Lakes Face a Murky Future." It compares Egan's book to Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," which Moor calls a "classic of red-flag-raising eco-journalism."

Egan "nimbly splices together history, science, reporting and personal experiences into a taut and cautiously hopeful narrative," the review says.

The book notes that the striking clarity of the Lake Michigan water masks deep trouble facing the Great Lakes, Moor writes.

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin answers questions.(Photo: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

The 2016 election was the first presidential contest in which Wisconsin's strict voter ID law was in effect.

And voter turnout declined from 2012.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) claims the turnout was reduced by approximately 200,000 votes because of the law.

PolitiFact Wisconsin finds the law did cause some people not to vote, but no evidence for the 200,000 figure.