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Will Kenneally is the Digital News Editor for the news unit of PBS Wisconsin. He hails from Madison where he studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, he ...

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Elections

Breaking: Supreme Court Rejects Another Elections Suit, Sharp Words from Conservative Justice

The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected another challenge to the state election results, in a suit brought by the Wisconsin Voter Alliance. Conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn joined the court's liberals in a 4-3 decision. In a concurring opinion, Hagedorn had strong words for the plaintiffs who wanted the high court to ...

Friday December 4, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Evers Asks Feds to Put Wisconsin Among Top of the List for Vaccine

Evers told federal officials state legislative inaction has left him with few options, and that he wants to prioritize Wisconsin health care workers with the vaccine to help staff overcrowded hospitals.

Thursday December 3, 2020


Donald Trump

Elections

Trump Campaign Files Additional Suit Challenging Wisconsin Election

The Trump campaign has filed an additional lawsuit, this time in federal court, challenging the results of the Wisconsin election. The suit filed in Milwaukee alleged impropriety among absentee ballots “likely tainted more than 50,000 ballots,” and asks the court to allow the state Legislature to determine the outcome of ...

Thursday December 3, 2020


Wisconsin Supreme Court

Elections

Breaking: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Trump Challenge, Directs Suit to Lower Court

The 4-3 decision says the Trump campaign must challenge the results of the presidential election in a lower court first. In the decision, Justice Brian Hagedorn joined the court's three liberal justices.

Thursday December 3, 2020


Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.

Health

Local Officials Push Back on GOP COVID Proposal

“It undermines the ability of public health officers to keep us safe, and it politicizes health care,” says Dane County Exec. Joe Parisi.

Wednesday December 2, 2020


Robin Vos

Politics

Assembly Republicans Propose New Round of COVID-19 Legislation

The legislation would create a $100 million fund to be used for pandemic-related expenses as well as provide for more legislative oversight over the pandemic response.

Tuesday December 1, 2020


Donald Trump

Elections

Trump Campaign Suit Challenges Wisconsin Election Results, Partisanship Grips Elections Commission

The suit asks the state Supreme Court to throw out Gov. Tony Evers' certification of the results while the campaign continues to appeal.

Tuesday December 1, 2020


Joe Biden

Elections

Wisconsin Officials Confirm Election Results for Biden

Joe Biden is officially the winner of Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes after Wisconsin Elections Commission chair Ann Jacobs signed off on the state’s recount Monday. The recount of Democratic strongholds Dane and Milwaukee counties yielded a small change, with Biden increasing his lead over President Donald Trump by fewer than ...

Monday November 30, 2020


electoral college electors

Elections

Suit Seeks to Throw Out Wisconsin Election Results

A group is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to block certification of the election, let state Legislature choose electors.

Tuesday November 24, 2020


Rick Esenberg

Health

Conservative Group Asks Supreme Court to Throw Out Dane County Gathering Ban

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed a petition for original action before the state's high court, seeking to throw out Dane County's ban on indoor gatherings.

Monday November 23, 2020


Donald Trump

Elections

Trump Campaign Asks for Recount of Dane, Milwaukee Counties

The recount of the two counties will start Friday, lasting likely until the Dec. 1 deadline for the state to certify the election results.

Wednesday November 18, 2020


Wisconsin Capitol

Politics

State Leaders Introduce Competing COVID-19 Plans

The partisan rhetoric that had mired previous COVID-19 discussions continued Tuesday despite both sides indicating publicly their desire to work together.

Tuesday November 17, 2020


Person wearing mask

Politics

Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Mask Mandate

The challenge will determine whether the governor can declare successive emergencies.

Monday November 16, 2020


This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. Image captured and colorized at NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana. (Courtesy: NIAID)

Health

Wisconsin Faces ‘Critically High’ Rates of COVID-19 Activity

The state set a new record of 7,497 new cases Thursday as the Department of Health Service creates a new "critically high" category for COVID-19 spread in Wisconsin.

Thursday November 12, 2020


2020 results map

Here and Now 2020

Why Did the Polls Get It Wrong?

Marquette Law School poll director Charles Franklin discusses the polling error that showed Joe Biden further ahead than the election bore out.

Wednesday November 11, 2020


Tony Evers

Politics

Governor Addresses Wisconsin on COVID-19 Pandemic

The governor addressed the state Tuesday, urging collective action to combat the virus.

Tuesday November 10, 2020


U.S. Supreme Court

Health

Wisconsin Officials Stress Importance of ACA as Supreme Court Hears Arguments

Wisconsin officials touted the importance of the Affordable Care Act as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for its repeal Tuesday. “There's a lot at stake here with these continued efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act as this pandemic rages on,” Gov. Tony Evers said during a news conference ...

Tuesday November 10, 2020


Joe Parisi

Health

Dane County Exec on COVID: ‘We Need Our State Leaders to Govern’

Dane County Exec. Joe Parisi called out state officials for inaction on the coronavirus, saying they need to do more. “The election is over, we need our state leaders to govern,” Parisi said during a Monday news conference. “There are people lying unconscious in ICUs across our state and they ...

Monday November 9, 2020


A sign outside of State Fair Park in West Allis on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (Courtesy: Angela Major / WPR)

Health

New COVID-19 Cases Top 7,000

Wisconsin recorded 7,065 new coronavirus cases Saturday—a new record and an increase of 924 over Friday’s number. This came with 45 new deaths and brought the seven day average to 5,394. Hospitalizations continue to climb in the state as 1,787 Wisconsinites were hospitalized as of Friday. Wisconsin intensive care unit ...

Saturday November 7, 2020


Joe Biden

Here and Now 2020

Breaking: Wisconsinites React to Joe Biden Winning the Presidency

The Associated Press has called Pennsylvania and the race for the White House for Democrat Joe Biden. Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes put the former vice president over the 270 votes he needed to win. Nevada, with its six electoral votes, added to the Democratic candidate’s win. “With the campaign over, ...

Saturday November 7, 2020


Robin Vos

Here and Now 2020

Breaking: Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Orders Investigation into Election

Without offering specifics, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said concerns about mail-in ballots and voter fraud warrant an investigation from the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections. The Wisconsin Elections Commission has said there were no irregularities in Tuesday's election.

Friday November 6, 2020


capacity limit sign

Health

Appellate Court Again Blocks 25% Capacity Limit

An Evers administration order that limited public indoor gatherings to 25% capacity was again blocked by a state appellate court Friday. The order was previously blocked by an Oct. 23 decision by the same court, which Friday’s decision affirmed. In its decision, the court also said the bar-owning plaintiffs who ...

Friday November 6, 2020


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Here and Now 2020

Top Elections Official: No Irregularities Tuesday

Elections commission administrator Meagan Wolfe says she has seen no reports of irregularities Tuesday, despites claims from the Trump campaign.

Thursday November 5, 2020


Microscopic image of virus

Health

All 72 Wisconsin Counties Experiencing Very High COVID Levels

Wisconsin set a new record for daily COVID-19 cases Wednesday as the state neared 6,000 new cases overnight. The state recorded 5,935 new cases and 54 new deaths—setting the seven day average to 4,839. State health secretary Andrea Palm said Wisconsinites needed to take the resurgence of the virus in ...

Wednesday November 4, 2020


Map: Nov. 2020 Election Results

Here and Now 2020

Map: Nov. 2020 Election Results

Maps of results from the presidential race and U.S. Congress races in Wisconsin.

Wednesday November 4, 2020


Voting machine

Here and Now 2020

November 2020 Election Results: Biden Wins Wisconsin

With 95% of Wisconsin's ballots counted and reported, a razor thin margin favors Biden in unofficial results.

Tuesday November 3, 2020


Logo for WisconsinVote.org

Here and Now 2020

Live Election Updates

PBS Wisconsin live election updates from reporters around the state.

Tuesday November 3, 2020


Donald Trump

Here and Now 2020

Trump Rallies in Kenosha on Eve of Election

The president cast aspersions on the results of absentee ballots and said that bad things can happen "in the streets" with an angry population that questions the results.

Monday November 2, 2020


Milwaukee voters in line

Here and Now 2020

Wisconsin Officials Prepared for Possible Voter Intimidation

Wisconsin officials say they are prepared for, but have seen no evidence of, election interference a little more than 24 hours before the polls close in Wisconsin. “I'm confident that the process is going to be safe tomorrow and that things are going to go smoothly,” said Wisconsin Attorney General ...

Monday November 2, 2020


Joe Biden and Donald Trump

Here and Now 2020

Trump, Biden Hold Competing Rallies in Wisconsin Four Days Out

The president spoke at an event in Green Bay, while the former vice president held a small event in Milwaukee.

Friday October 30, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Evers: ‘Wear a Freaking Mask’

As the two presidential campaigns visit Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers urges residents to do what they can to stop the spread of the virus. This as Wisconsin sees another day of 5,000+ new cases.

Friday October 30, 2020


Wisconsin Supreme Court

Here and Now 2020

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Ballot Misprint Case, State Officials Prepare for Election

Clerks in Outagamie and Calumet counties wanted the court to issue a declaratory ruling on how they should handle a ballot misprint. The court declined to take up the issue.

Thursday October 29, 2020


Images of Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Here and Now 2020

Biden Retains 5-Point Lead in Last Marquette Poll Before Election Day

Democriatic candidate Joe Biden maintains a five-point lead over President Donald Trump in the latest Marquette Law School poll. That marks a consistent single-digit lead for the Democratic candidate, but is still within the each candidate’s 4.4% margin of error among likely voters. Poll director Charles Franklin said however, that ...

Wednesday October 28, 2020


This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. (Couresty: NIAID-RML)

Health

State Epidemiologist: ‘Nightmare Scenario’ for COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Wisconsin broke new records in deaths and new daily cases—topping 5,000 new cases Tuesday for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Tuesday October 27, 2020


U.S. Supreme Court Building.

Here and Now 2020

Breaking: US Supreme Court Keeps Absentee Ballot Deadline Nov. 3

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to let a lower court’s ruling stand, which means Wisconsin’s deadline to return absentee ballots will not be extended. Absentee ballots must be returned to elections officials by 8 p.m. Nov. 3 to be counted. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Madison federal judge ...

Monday October 26, 2020


A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.

Here and Now 2020

Clerks Ask High Court to Adjudicate Ballot Misprint Issue

County clerks in northeastern Wisconsin have asked the state Supreme Court to weigh in on an absentee ballot issue that could delay two counties’ returns on Election Day. Clerks in Outagamie and Calumet counties discovered a misprint on the “timing mark” of some absentee ballots that prevents them from being ...

Monday October 26, 2020


Web Interview: Baldwin on Supreme Court, Trump Visits

Politics

Web Interview: Baldwin on Supreme Court, Trump Visits

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, reacts to the president’s multiple visits to Wisconsin in the final leg of the campaign. She also discusses the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court and whether she supports increasing the size of the court under a possible Biden administration. She sits down with digital news editor Will Kenneally.

Monday October 26, 2020


ERC poll

Here and Now 2020

Biden Increases Lead in Latest UW Poll

The latest UW Elections Research Center Poll has Biden up 53%-44% in Wisconsin.

Monday October 26, 2020


Trump sign

Here and Now 2020

Trump Rallies in Waukesha 10 Days Out from Election

The president promised a big win in Wisconsin, continued economic prosperity during a second term.

Saturday October 24, 2020


Breaking: A State Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks 25% Capacity Limit

Politics

Breaking: A State Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks 25% Capacity Limit

A Wisconsin appellate court has temporarily blocked the state’s 25% capacity limit on indoor public gatherings. The same capacity limit was previously blocked, then reinstated by lower courts. The appellate court said the temporary injunction was allowed because bar-owning plaintiffs showed “a sufficient likelihood of success” of winning their suit. ...

Friday October 23, 2020


Dr. Deborah Birx

Health

Birx: ‘You Have to Go Back to the Beginning’ On Coronavirus Prevention

Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce said in Madison Friday that what Wisconsin did over the summer and into the fall is not working.

Friday October 23, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Evers Says Mask Mandate Working, Still Waiting for GOP COVID Plan

Gov. Tony Evers said during a Thursday media briefing he is still waiting to meet with legislative Republicans on a state-level COVID-19 response. “I think both leaders do want to meet at some point in time, I'm guessing the national election is playing a role in that,” Evers said. The ...

Thursday October 22, 2020


Janel Heinrich

Health

Dane County Shifts to Contact Tracing ‘Crisis Model’ Amid Another Record-Setting Day

The state has seen two consecutive days of more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases, as new deaths hit an all-time high.

Wednesday October 21, 2020


A sign outside of State Fair Park in West Allis on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (Courtesy: Angela Major / WPR)

Health

Health Secretary: ‘This Isn’t Sustainable’

Wisconsin set a new record in its seven-day average of cases as health officials say contact tracing is "beyond strained."

Tuesday October 20, 2020


Barron County Courthouse

Health

Barron County Judge Reimposes 25% Capacity Limit

The judge denied a request by the Tavern League of Wisconsin to block the order. A lobbyist from the group tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel they will not appeal the judge's ruling.

Monday October 19, 2020


Donald Trump

Here and Now 2020

Trump Highlights Law Enforcement at Janesville Rally

President Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of thousands during a campaign stop in Janesville Saturday, two weeks after an Oct. 3 rally in the same city that was cancelled when the president tested positive for COVID-19. “Seventeen days from now, we're going to win the state of Wisconsin,” he ...

Saturday October 17, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Evers Calls for GOP Legislative Action on COVID

This comes as the state sets another new record with 3,747 new coronavirus cases Thursday.

Thursday October 15, 2020


State Fair Park alternate care facility

Health

State Fair Park Field Hospital Opens to Alleviate Strained Infrastructure

Hospitals are evaluating their capacity "not only to care for COVID-19 patients, but also to continue to care for cardiac patients, oncology patients, those patients in the ICU...people are still having babies," says field hospital CEO Deb Standridge.

Wednesday October 14, 2020


Tavern League sign

Health

Judge Blocks Evers’ 25% Indoor Capacity Limit

A judge in Sawyer County temporarily blocked the Evers' administration's 25% capacity on public indoor gatherings at the request of the Tavern League of Wisconsin, scheduling arguments to hear the case on Monday.

Wednesday October 14, 2020


Mike Pence

Here and Now 2020

Pence Stops in Waukesha 3 Weeks Before Election Day

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to a crowd of supporters during a campaign stop at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha Tuesday. Pence weighed in on the political news of the day—the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court—among his familiar campaign stalwarts of the economy and law and order. ...

Tuesday October 13, 2020


WEDC sign.

Economy

WEDC Denies Tax Credits to Foxconn

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation denied tax credits to Foxconn, saying the LCD manufacturing company did not meet the benchmarks set out in a contract signed during the Walker administration. The company originally committed to building a large “Gen 10.5” facility in the Racine suburb of Mt. Pleasant, but changed ...

Monday October 12, 2020


The Legislature's Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules meets to discuss the state's 25% capacity limit Oct. 12, 2020. (Courtesy: WisEye)

Health

Legislative Committee Seeks to Compel Oversight over 25% Capacity Rule

The committee is asking the health department to submit the 25% capacity regulation as an administrative rule, over which the Legislature has oversight—rather than an emergency order.

Monday October 12, 2020


R. Michael Waterman

Politics

Judge Upholds Statewide Mask Order

A St. Croix County judge denied a conservative request to temporarily throw out Evers' statewide mask mandate.

Monday October 12, 2020


Web Interview: Small Businesses Get More CARES Funding

Economy

Web Interview: Small Businesses Get More CARES Funding

Gov. Tony Evers announced this week that $100 million of federal CARES Act funding will go to small businesses and sectors of the Wisconsin economy particularly hurt by the pandemic-related recession. Wisconsin Econ. Dev. Corp. Sec. and CEO Missy Hughes sits down with digital news editor Will Kenneally to talk about the status of the state's economy and the importance of those grants.

Saturday October 10, 2020


Alvin Cole’s mother Tracy Cole speaks to protesters Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, outside of the Milwaukee County Safety Building. (Courtesy: Angela Major / WPR)

Social Issues

Cole Family Arrested and Injured During Wauwatosa Protests

The family's lawyer spoke out Friday during a news conference.

Friday October 9, 2020


Absentee ballots

Here and Now 2020

Court Reverts to Status Quo on Ballot Deadline

The 2-1 decision from the 7th Circuit ruled ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Thursday October 8, 2020


Alvin Cole’s family members walk down the stairs of the Milwaukee County Safety Building on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Angela Major / WPR)

Social Issues

No Charges Filed Against Wauwatosa Officer

Joseph Mensah will not be charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Alvin Cole.

Wednesday October 7, 2020


Workers build an alternative care facility at State Fair Park in West Allis as COVID-19 cases overwhelm the state's hospital system. (Courtesy: Wis. Dept. of Administration)

Health

Wisconsin to Open Field Hospital as COVID Cases Overwhelm System

The alternative care facility will open at State Fair Park Oct. 14, and can serve as many as 500 patients.

Wednesday October 7, 2020


Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politics

Supreme Court Rules Republicans Can Continue Elections Challenge

The ruling grants the Legislature standing to represent state interests as a whole.

Tuesday October 6, 2020


Wisconsin Capitol.

Health

Evers, Palm Order Reduced Capacity at All Public Gatherings

Public gatherings will be reduced to 25% capacity as COVID-19 cases continue to spike.

Tuesday October 6, 2020


Judge R. Michael Waterman

Politics

Court Hears Challenge to Evers’ Mask Order

The current statewide mask mandate faced its first legal challenge in court Monday at a hearing in St. Croix County. Plaintiffs represented by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty wanted a county judge to file an emergency injunction to the governor’s order, claiming the governor does not have ...

Monday October 5, 2020


Ron Johnson

Coronavirus

Update: Johnson Tests Positive for COVID-19, Says He Does Not Have Symptoms

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating. He told reporters during a Saturday morning conference call that he has no symptoms and has not received any medical treatment related to his diagnosis. Johnson received a test shortly before a Republican Party event in Ozaukee County ...

Saturday October 3, 2020


Althea Bernstein

Social Issues

Police Close Case into Lighter Attack Due to Lack of Evidence

The investigation into the June incident that left Althea Bernstein, a Madison Black woman, with second- and third-degree burns was closed by investigators who could not corroborate details from Bernstein’s report. Bernstein filed a police report June 25 that four white men attacked her with lighter fluid as she drove ...

Friday October 2, 2020


President and first lady

Politics

Update: Trump Moved to Walter Reed as Wisconsin Officials React to COVID-19 Diagnosis

The president and first lady tested positive for COVID-19 late Thursday.

Friday October 2, 2020


ThedaCare hospital

Health

State Sets New COVID-19 Record as Hospitals Continue to Worry About Surge

"Ninety five percent of my beds are full," says ThedaCare CEO Dr. Imran Andrabi. The state set a new record in new daily cases Thursday, at 2,887.

Thursday October 1, 2020


Presidential debate

Here and Now 2020

Debate Commission Changes Rules After Debate, Trump Traveling to Wisconsin

The commission that organizes presidential debates announced changes in the wake of a contentious meeting between the two presidential candidates this week. This comes as Trump plans to visit Wisconsin, in two areas that are seeing high levels of COVID-19 spread.

Thursday October 1, 2020


7th Circuit logo

Here and Now 2020

Appellate Court Allows Extended Deadline to Receive Absentee Ballots

The Chicago-based 7th Circuit allowed a lower court ruling to stand, ruling that Republican intervenors in the suit did not have standing to appeal. As the decision stands, clerks have an addition six days to receive absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day.

Tuesday September 29, 2020


Transmission electron microscopic image of COVID-19.

Health

Epidemiologist: ‘We Are In a Crisis’

The state continues to see high rates of spread of the coronavirus, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard.

Tuesday September 29, 2020


DWD logo

Economy

Audit Shows Almost All Unemployment Calls to State Agency Went Unanswered

Fewer than 1 in 100 calls to the Department of Workforce Development’s unemployment insurance call centers were answered, according to a report from the Legislative Audit Bureau. The audit details 93.3% received busy signals or had the calls blocked while trying to call the agency. Another 6.2% of calls were ...

Friday September 25, 2020


U.S. Supreme Court Building

Politics

Wisconsin Senators Fall on Party Lines, Expert Forecasts SCOTUS Effect on Election

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg left a heated debate over who should be able to fill her vacancy on the Supreme Court. As Republicans in the U.S. Senate urged moving ahead with a nomination, Democrats cried foul, saying the move goes against precedent set by Republicans in 2016 ...

Thursday September 24, 2020


Mike Pence

Here and Now 2020

Pence Talks Jobs, Law Enforcement at Eau Claire Event

The Thursday speech marks the third consecutive week the vice president has visited Wisconsin.

Thursday September 24, 2020


Mike Pompeo

Politics

Pompeo Talks China in Unprecedented Foreign Policy Address in Wisconsin

The U.S. secretary of state spoke in the Wisconsin Senate chambers, discussing China's handling of the coronavirus and the threat of communism.

Wednesday September 23, 2020


Dane County resident wears mask.

Health

Evers Issues New Public Health Emergency, Extends Mask Mandate

Gov. Tony Evers declared a new public health emergency Tuesday due to rising COVID-19 cases among young people. The order will extend for 60 days and comes with a re-upping of the state’s mask requirement. “We continue to learn more about this virus, but what we do know is that ...

Tuesday September 22, 2020


Josh Kaul

Social Issues

Kaul Announces Former Madison Police Chief as Expert in Jacob Blake Investigation

Former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray will serve as an independent use of force expert, providing analysis of the investigation's findings before it heads to the Kenosha County DA for a final decision on charges.

Monday September 21, 2020


Joe Biden

Here and Now 2020

Joe Biden Holds Campaign Event in Manitowoc

The event Monday marks the former vice president's second 2020 trip to Wisconsin.

Monday September 21, 2020


Mike Pence

Here and Now 2020

Pence Touts Law and Order During Janesville Stop

The vice president held his campaign rally exactly a week after his last stop in Wisconsin, visiting La Crosse on Labor Day.

Monday September 14, 2020


UW Madison Goes Virtual After One Week

Coronavirus

UW Madison Goes Virtual After One Week

Here & Now reporter Will Kenneally asks UW Madison students how they are dealing with the drastic changes ordered by university administration amid a large spike in student COVID-19 cases.

Friday September 11, 2020


UW-Madison students

Education

UW-Madison Goes Virtual, Quarantines Two Dorms

The decision comes amid high testing rates among university students. UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson says the other 12 UW campuses are continuing to operate as expected.

Wednesday September 9, 2020


Joe Biden and Donald Trump

Here and Now 2020

Biden Continues to Lead in Latest Marquette Poll

The poll taken during the president's visit to Kenosha also shows a bump for Trump among Republicans in Wisconsin due to the visit.

Wednesday September 9, 2020


Trump and Biden Visit Kenosha Following Weeks of Protests

Social Issues

Trump and Biden Visit Kenosha Following Weeks of Protests

Following the shooting of Jacob Blake, protests in Kenosha this week have been largely peaceful. President Trump and democratic challenger Joe Biden visited Kenosha. Here & Now Reporter Will Kenneally has the story.

Friday September 4, 2020


Burnt building in Kenosha

Politics

Biden to Visit Kenosha Same Week as Trump

Joe Biden announced he will be in Kenosha Thursday, two days after President Donald Trump toured damage and met with law enforcement.

Wednesday September 2, 2020


Wisconsin Capitol

Politics

Legislature Gavels-In, Delays Debate on Police Reform

The Legislature gavelled-in to a special session Monday, but quickly went on recess until Thursday.

Monday August 31, 2020


Donald Trump

Politics

Trump to Visit Kenosha Tuesday

The president plans to tour damaged buildings and speak with local law enforcement.

Monday August 31, 2020


Kenosha Residents Protest for Jacob Blake

Social Issues

Kenosha Residents Protest for Jacob Blake

As National attention is drawn to Kenosha after Jacob Blake was shot 7 times in the back by police, “Here and Now’s” Will Kenneally reports on the ongoing protests and calls for change.

Friday August 28, 2020


Scott Fitzgerald

Politics

Senate to Debate Policing Bills, Kenosha Authorities Provide Update

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the Senate will begin debating policing legislation next week.

Friday August 28, 2020


Josh Kaul

Social Issues

AG Releases New Details on Jacob Blake Shooting

Attorney General Josh Kaul released details from the state's investigation into the shooting, including the name of the officer that shot Jacob Blake.

Wednesday August 26, 2020


Family of Jacob Blake

Social Issues

Blake’s Family: ‘My Son Matters’

Jacob Blake's family holds their first news conference since Sunday's shooting.

Tuesday August 25, 2020


Rick Esenberg

Politics

Mask Mandate Gets Legal Challenge from Conservative Group

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is seeking to have a court throw out the current emergency declaration, saying it is an illegal extension of the previous order.

Tuesday August 25, 2020


Kenosha protests

Social Issues

Evers Calls for Special Session in Wake of Kenosha Shooting

Wisconsin officials are calling for action in the wake of the shooting of Black Kenosha resident Jacob Blake. Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Monday that would call the Legislature into special session Aug. 31. Recent attempts by the governor to bring the Legislature back to Madison have ended ...

Tuesday August 25, 2020


Kenosha Police

Social Issues

Kenosha Police Shoot Man, Airlifted to Hospital in ‘Serious Condition’

Kenosha Police shot a man Sunday evening, who has been taken by Flight for Life to a Milwaukee hospital in serious condition according to the department. In a video published by the Kenosha News that reportedly describes the scene, a Black man was walking away from officers and entering a ...

Sunday August 23, 2020


Tommy Thompson

Education

Thompson Pushes UW Budget Increase

Interim UW System President Tommy Thompson joked that he got one of the only standing ovations he has seen at a board of regents meeting when the former governor presented his biennial budget request. That applauded budget request seeks a $96 million increase to allow for programs such as a ...

Friday August 21, 2020


Kanye West

Elections

Kanye West Denied Ballot Access in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Elections Commission ruled Thursday that the West campaign missed the filling deadline by a matter of seconds.

Thursday August 20, 2020


Children play on school playground

Health

DHS Releases Updated Guidance for Schools Opening

The guidance outlines best practices for mask wearing and tactics for identifying and stopping outbreaks that may arise.

Thursday August 20, 2020


Mike Pence

Here and Now 2020

Pence Visits Wisconsin to Tout Economy and Jobs

The vice president visits two days after the president held a rally in Oshkosh, and the same weeks Democrats hold their national nominating convention.

Wednesday August 19, 2020


Trump Visits Oshkosh During the DNC

Here and Now 2020

Trump Visits Oshkosh During the DNC

President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Oshkosh on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Will Kenneally reports on the president's pitch to Wisconsinites to give him four more years in the White House.

Tuesday August 18, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Evers: Trump Must Wear Mask During Wisconsin Visit

The president and vice president are expected in Wisconsin next Monday and Wednesday, the same week as the Democratic National Convention that was originally to be hosted in Milwaukee.

Thursday August 13, 2020


Joe Biden and Donald Trump

Here and Now 2020

Polls Show Biden Ahead by Single Digits in Wisconsin

Joe Biden leads the president by 5-6 percentage points in the latest UW and Marquette polls.

Tuesday August 11, 2020


I Voted sticker

Elections

Live: August 11 Election Updates

Updates with news from state and local officials on the Aug. 11 primary.

Tuesday August 11, 2020


Tammy Baldwin

Here and Now 2020

Baldwin Talks Economy During Virtual Biden Event in Superior

The virtual townhall was one of two the Biden campaign held in the state Monday, now a more common sight as campaigns engage voters digitally amid the pandemic.

Monday August 10, 2020


This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. (Courtesy: NIAID-RML)

Health

Wisconsin Nears 1,000 Coronavirus Deaths

This comes as state health officials say 66 of Wisconsin's 72 counties have high levels of coronavirus activity.

Saturday August 8, 2020


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