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Thursday, March 5, 2015 |  Madison, WI: 12.0° F  Fair
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Property owners up, African American infants down

UP: Property owners. The state Supreme Court rules 4-3 that property owners have the right to a full-court review of their tax assessments. Critics fear businesses will use the ruling to threaten lawsuits to get lower tax bills.

DOWN: African American infants. The infant mortality rate among African Americans in Dane County, which drastically declined between 2002 and 2007, has escalated just as dramatically in the last three years. In 2010, 19.2 black babies died for every 1,000 born; the rate for white babies is 3.5. Public health officials say they're baffled by this trend.

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