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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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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


open sign

Economy

WEDC Campaign Pushes Collaborative Effort on Economic Recovery

The "We're All In" initiative is an effort by WEDC to bolster consumer confidence amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday August 6, 2020


poll worker

Elections

Evers Activates National Guard to Help at Polls

Similar to their mission during the April election, national guard troops will assist poll workers for the Aug. 11 election.

Wednesday August 5, 2020


Milwaukee skyline.

Politics

Speakers Cancelled for Milwaukee DNC

The Milwaukee portion of the Democratic National Convention is effectively cancelled as the Democratic National Committee pulls the remaining speakers from the already paired-down convention. The cancelled speeches include presidential candidate Joe Biden, who will receive the party’s nomination from his home state of Delaware. “We followed the science, listened ...

Wednesday August 5, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers

Health

Evers Says No ‘Secret Plan’ to Close Schools

The governor said he does not have a plan to use the new public health emergency to close schools like he did in the spring.

Tuesday August 4, 2020


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

Here and Now 2020

Wisconsin Sees High Rate of Absentee Ballot Requests

Wisconsinites have requested absentee ballots at a rate more than eight times higher than they did in August of 2016, as the state heads to the polls for an August primary. According to data released by the Wisconsin Elections Commission Monday, 821,378 voters have requested absentee ballots for the August ...

Tuesday August 4, 2020


Milwaukee voters in line

Politics

Elections Commission: Voters Exempt from Mask Mandate

Neither the governor, nor municipalities, can impose additional requirements on voters--like wearing a mask--according to the state's elections commission.

Thursday July 30, 2020


Person wearing mask

Politics

Evers Issues Statewide Mask Mandate

Gov. Tony Evers issued a mask mandate for the state of Wisconsin that will go into effect Saturday, lasting through Sept. 28.

Thursday July 30, 2020


Milwaukee

Politics

U.S. Attorney Provides Details on Federal Officers in Milwaukee

The U.S. attorney for the area that covers Milwaukee gave details on the deployment of federal officers to the city, saying Wisconsin was not going to see the same federal response as in Portland, Oregon. “You will not see federal agents amassing on the streets of Milwaukee,” said U.S. Attorney ...

Wednesday July 29, 2020


milwaukee police

Politics

Wisconsin Officials Decry Federal Officers in Milwaukee

State officials are decrying the Trump administration’s announcement to deploy federal agents to Milwaukee to assist in local law enforcement. Earlier this month, federal officers made national headlines for detaining protesters in Portland, Oregon without identification and using unmarked vehicles. The administration said this week that Milwaukee would be included ...

Friday July 24, 2020


Tony Evers

Economy

Evers Calls for $250 Million in State Cuts

The governor said the pandemic continues to cause budget shortfalls, calling on state agencies to identify $250 million in possible cuts

Wednesday July 22, 2020


protesters

Social Issues

Wisconsinites Join National Strike

The group called for racial and economic justice.

Tuesday July 21, 2020


Pence Touts Freedom-Based Agenda in Ripon

Here and Now 2020

Pence Touts Freedom-Based Agenda in Ripon

Vice President Mike Pence promoted the campaign's freedom-based agenda during a campaign stop in Ripon, warning that a Biden presidency would present burdensome government regulation.

Friday July 17, 2020


coronavirus image

Health

‘The News Is Mostly Bad’ Says Epidemiologist

State epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard said COVID-19 rates are potentially getting worse in the state.

Thursday July 16, 2020


snow plow

Economy

Local Officials Say Dire Help is Needed to Keep ‘Basic Services’ Afloat

The Madison mayor urged passing the federal HEROES Act to supply direct funds to municipalities. She also called on the Public Service Commission to continue its disconnection moratorium.

Wednesday July 15, 2020


Children play on school playground

Health

Wisconsin Reaches ‘Significant Community Spread’ as Schools Prep for Fall

Gov. Tony Evers said he was optimistic about schools opening in the fall as Wisconsin sets another record for single-day COVID-19 case increases.

Tuesday July 14, 2020


Red gym

Education

ICE Rescinds International Student Policy

International students will be able to study in the U.S., regardless of whether their classes are held online or in-person, after a reversal from the Trump administration.

Tuesday July 14, 2020


Person wearing mask

Health

Milwaukee Approves Mask Mandate

Milwaukee will join the neighboring Village of Shorewood and Dane County in requiring residents to wear masks in public places. The unanimous vote from the Milwaukee Common Council will require residents 3 years and older to wear masks in public buildings and outdoors where maintaining six feet of distance is ...

Tuesday July 14, 2020


Students walking on UW-Madison campus

Education

Wisconsin Joins Lawsuit Against ICE on International Students

Attorney General Josh Kaul announced Wisconsin will join 16 other states and the District of Columbia in suing the federal government over immigration policy that could bar some international students from studying in the United States. The policy prohibits international students from entering the country on student visas if their ...

Monday July 13, 2020


Campaign signs

Here and Now 2020

Republicans Hold State Convention in Green Bay Amid Pandemic, Ahead of Presidential Election

Speakers at the state party convention presented dire warnings for the status of the country if Trump failed to win reelection.

Saturday July 11, 2020


A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)

Elections

USPS Audit Finds Issues, Few Irregularities in April Absentee Ballots

The USPS audit sheds light onto what happened to missing tubs of absentee ballots during the April 7 election.

Friday July 10, 2020


Justice mural

Politics

Supreme Court Strikes Down Three Evers Vetoes

The Supreme Court threw out three of Gov. Tony Evers' vetoes to the current state budget, saying he ventured too far into legislative territory. The court's fractured decision failed to yield new precedent however, on the scope of the governor's authority.

Friday July 10, 2020


Stephanie Smiley

Health

DHS Announces COVID Connect Tool

The web-based tool will register those waiting to get tested to ease wait times and provide valuable information to contact tracers.

Thursday July 9, 2020


Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politics

Supreme Court Upholds Lame Duck Laws

The Supreme Court found most of the laws passed in the end of the Walker administration do not infringe on separation of powers between the branches of government. The court did rule however, the executive has sole discretion to propagate guidance documents.

Thursday July 9, 2020


Tyler August at podium

Economy

Republicans Push for Loans to Bridge Unemployment Wait Times

As more than 140,000 uninsurance claims remain unprocessed by the state, Assembly Republicans call on Gov. Tony Evers to use federal funds to support claimants while they wait.

Wednesday July 8, 2020


Joe Parisi

Health

Dane County to Implement Face Mask Requirement, Milwaukee Takes Similar Steps

The Dane County order will go into effect July 13, requiring anyone five years and older to wear masks in indoor spaces outside of their homes.

Tuesday July 7, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Evers Announces Millions of Masks for Schools

The governor announced Tuesday he would send more than two million masks to public and private schools as Wisconsin sees a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Tuesday July 7, 2020


50 miles more march

Social Issues

65-Mile Protest Takes Message of Change to Governor

The 65-mile march from Milwaukee to Madison called for special sessions to tackle police and gun reforms and to eliminate police practices such as tear gas.

Monday July 6, 2020


Juneteenth flag

Policy

Johnson Backtracks on Juneteenth Proposal

The Republican U.S. senator proposed swapping the paid holiday of Columbus Day to created a paid Juneteenth holiday for federal workers. On Friday, he retracted his proposal.

Friday July 3, 2020


N95 mask

Health

Wisconsin Officials Encourage Mask-Clad Independence Day

As Wisconsin sees a growing number of cases, officials urge residents take safety precautions over the holiday weekend to prevent the spread of the virus.

Thursday July 2, 2020


Janel Heinrich

Health

Dane County Adds Restrictions to Bars and Restaurants

The move comes after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases among residents in their 20s, which contact tracers linked to bar attendance.

Wednesday July 1, 2020


MMSD Board

Education

Madison School District Removes Police from Schools

The board's vote Monday ends the contract with Madison police immediately. The Madison city council is expected to pass a similar measure during a meeting next month.

Monday June 29, 2020


Lincoln statue

Education

Students Push to Remove UW-Madison’s Lincoln Statue

Students say the 16th president's past, which includes racism toward Black Americans and ordering the execution of 38 Dakota men, warrants the removal of his statue on UW-Madison's Bascom Hill.

Monday June 29, 2020


Juneteenth celebration

Social Issues

Evers, Barnes Release Police Reform Package as Wisconsinites Celebrate Juneteenth

The legislation proposed by the governor would create use of force standards and prohibit certain practices like chokeholds.

Friday June 19, 2020


Tommy Thompson

Education

Tommy Thompson Appointed Interim UW System President

The former Wisconsin governor will lead the university system starting July 1 while the Board of Regents continues the search for a new president.

Friday June 19, 2020


Ann Jacobs and Bob Spindell

Elections

Elections Commission Approves Absentee Ballot Mailers

The bipartisan commission voted unanimously to send mailers to 2.7 million voters that includes information on voting absentee and in-person, and includes an absentee ballot request form.

Wednesday June 17, 2020


Medical testing swabs. (Courtesy: Vesna Harni)

Health

DHS Announces Two Testing Studies for COVID in Wisconsin

The Department of Health Services announced two studies to evaluate the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, using antibody and wastewater testing. Public health experts said at a Wednesday media briefing that the studies provide another tool for them to provide recommendations on how best to prevent the spread of the ...

Wednesday June 17, 2020


Students walking on East Campus Mall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. (Courtesy: Bill Martens / WPR)

Education

Students to Return to UW System Campuses for Fall Semester

The UW System is working on guidelines as campuses develop individual plans to hold virtual and in-person classes.

Monday June 15, 2020


Joe Biden

Here and Now 2020

Biden Talks Racial Justice During State Convention Appearance

Presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared virtually during a remote state Democratic Party convention Friday.

Monday June 15, 2020


Pride/BLM rallier

Social Issues

Pride, Black Lives Matter Rally Celebrates Intersection of Movements

At a Friday rally at the state Capitol, demonstrators celebrated multiple movements as protests for racial justice continue during LGBTQ+ pride month.

Saturday June 13, 2020


A profile of Van Hise Hall, home of the UW System administration, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pictured against a backdrop of Lake Mendota on June 10, 2010. (Courtesy: Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)

Education

Only Finalist for UW System President Withdraws

The finalist to be the next UW System president Jim Johnsen has withdrawn himself from consideration of the position, saying he wants to remain president of the University of Alaska. “After deep reflection as to where I am called to lead a university system through these challenging times, it is ...

Friday June 12, 2020


Tony Evers

Politics

Recorded Phone Call Raises Criticism for Evers and Vos

Gov. Tony Evers was light on details Thursday as Republicans criticized Evers and his staff for recording a phone call with legislative leaders. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also faced criticism for comments he made on the call about immigrant culture.

Thursday June 11, 2020


Tony Evers

Politics

Evers Records Phone Conversation with GOP Leaders

Republican legislative leaders criticized the governor for what they called "unbecoming" conduct. Staff said the governor was not aware of the recording, which was used for notetaking.

Thursday June 11, 2020


Draft of the absentee ballot mailer the Wisconsin Elections Commission intends to send to 2.7 million registered voters.

Elections

Elections Commission Reviews Draft Absentee Ballot Mailer

Commisioners asked staff to make changes to a mailer that will send an absentee ballot request form to millions of Wisconsin voters. They will give final approval on the mailer next week. The commission also voted to allocate roughly $5 million in federal funds to local elections officials to bolster security.

Wednesday June 10, 2020


Missy Hughes

Economy

Wisconsin Businesses May Face Permanent Closures

The economic turmoil has taken its toll on Wisconsin businesses, 20-30% of which may not recover according to WEDC Sec. and CEO Missy Hughes.

Tuesday June 9, 2020


Rick Esenberg

Elections

Conservative Group Proposes Rule to Ban ‘Ballot Harvesting’

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty says state election law is unclear on who can return absentee ballots, and wants the Wisconsin Elections Commission to rule only voters themselves can.

Monday June 8, 2020


Wisconsin Responds to George Floyd

Social Issues

Wisconsin Responds to George Floyd

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked protests around Wisconsin, advocating change in police practices. Here & Now's Will Kenneally shows how Wisconsinites expressed their frustration with another black man dying in police custody.

Friday June 5, 2020


Protesters in Madison

Social Issues

Protesters Say They Are Ready for Long Haul

Organizers of the Madison protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death say they are prepared to keep going for the foreseeable future. “People are going to rebel until they are not going to rebel,” said M. Adams, a co-executive director of the Madison-based Freedom Inc. “It’s simple, you stop ...

Monday June 1, 2020


Protesters stand off against police on State Street in Madison's downtown May 30, 2020.

Social Issues

Protesters Clash with Police Over Community Policing Concerns

Protests erupt in Wisconsin in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, causing clashes with police.

Monday June 1, 2020


Madison protesters

Social Issues

Protests Continue Around the State in the Wake of George Floyd’s Death

Protests continued in Wisconsin into the weekend, advocating change to racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Gov. Tony Evers activated 125 members of the Wisconsin National Guard Saturday after protests in Milwaukee turned violent Friday night. A Milwaukee police officer was injured by gunshot during ...

Saturday May 30, 2020


Milwaukee protesters

Social Issues

Protesters Rally in Milwaukee over George Floyd’s Death

Milwaukee residents called for change in the wake of three contentious days of protest in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Friday May 29, 2020


A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)

Here and Now 2020

Elections Commission Votes to Send Absentee Ballot Requests to Millions

The motion approved by the Wisconsin Elections Commission would send ballot requests to 2.7 million voters. The commission would exclude those who have request forms already on file, or those suspected of moving without re-registering.

Wednesday May 27, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Evers Allocates COVID-19 Funds to Local Governments

The governor says $200 million of the Cares Act funding will go to help a variety of costs incurred by municipalities during the pandemic.

Wednesday May 27, 2020


Wisconsinites enjoy Memorial Day weekend during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health

Wisconsinites Celebrate Memorial Day Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Health officials urge social distancing as parts of the state are largely open, while business owners work to provide a clean experience and build customers' confidence.

Tuesday May 26, 2020


Joe Parisi

Politics

Dane County Loosens Restrictions as Counties Face Legal Challenge

Dane County announced Friday it would move to a "Phase 1" of reopening, allowing businesses to operate at 25% capacity and gatherings of up to 50 people outdoors.

Friday May 22, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers said $100 of federal coronavirus aid money will go to medical care facilities, such as nursing homes.

Health

Unemployement Numbers Reach Historic High, Evers Allocates Funds to Nursing Homes

The federal funds will go toward emergency medical services, home and community-based services, and long-term care providers. This comes as unemployment numbers rose to 14.1% during the month of April.

Thursday May 21, 2020


Image of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Politics

Biden Makes Two Virtual Stops in Wisconsin

The Democratic presidential candidate made virtual stops in La Crosse and Milwaukee, discussing plans for rural Wisconsin and criticizing the president's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday May 20, 2020


An absentee ballot from the 2012 presidential election. (Courtesy: Michael Leland / WPR)

Elections

Update: Wisconsin Elections Commission Deadlocks on Absentee Ballot Decision

The Wisconsin Elections Commission deadlocked on whether to approve a proposal to send out absentee ballot request forms to all registered Wisconsin Voters. Funding from the proposal would come from federal coronavirus funds, and commissioners were at odds over specifics on how to allocate those funds. Commissioners also debated whether ...

Wednesday May 20, 2020


Microscopic image of virus

Health

State Promotes Testing and Tracing Locally in Coronavirus Efforts

The state is preparing a testing and contact tracing-based response to the coronavirus after last week’s Supreme Court ruling left details of opening businesses to counties. “While we all stayed home, we didn't become immune to the virus and the virus didn't become any less lethal,” said Department of Health ...

Tuesday May 19, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers

Health

Evers Administration Ends Push for Statewide Approach

Gov. Tony Evers said during a media briefing Monday that it was not worth going through the rulemaking process since Republicans made their position clear that they did not want a statewide approach to combat the virus.

Monday May 18, 2020


Choropleth map of Wisconsin showing each county sorted by name.

Policy

Counties Rescind Orders over Legal Concern from Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court order striking down the state's "Safer at Home" order has caused confusion among counties that issued their own stay-at-home orders. Now counties are rescinding their orders in fear of legal retribution.

Friday May 15, 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

County Approach Dominates Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Future

In the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that struck down the governor's "Safer at Home" order, counties are left to decide what stay-at-home orders to enforce locally. Gov. Tony Evers says he will work with legislative Republicans via an administrative rulemaking process to coordinate a statewide response to the virus.

Thursday May 14, 2020


Image showing current facility-related outbreaks investigated by the Dept. of Health Services.

Health

DHS Releases Names of Nursing Homes with COVID-19

Health secretary Andrea Palm says the release is to create transparency and peace of mind for those who have relatives in nursing homes.

Wednesday May 13, 2020


Map: 7th Congressional District Special Election Results

Elections

Map: 7th Congressional District Special Election Results

Republican Tom Tiffany beat Democrat Tricia Zunker in the race to replace Sean Duffy for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.

Tuesday May 12, 2020


Deputy health secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk and Wisconsin National Guard Adjutant General Paul Knapp brief Wisconsin media May 12, 2020.

Health

National Guard Helps Testing Efforts, Staffing Tuesday’s Polls

As the state continues to increase testing, the Wisconsin National Guard will provide 25 testing teams as early as Wednesday to help the effort. The guard will also help fill a shortage of poll workers in the 7th Congressional District special election.

Tuesday May 12, 2020


Clothing rack

Economy

Retailers Allowed Five-Person Limit

Under a new order, Gov. Tony Evers allows Wisconsin retailers to open their stores to five customers at a time.

Monday May 11, 2020


UW-System President Ray Cross (left) and former UW-Board of Regents President John Behling (right) hear testimony during the board's October 2017 meeting. (Courtesy: Rich Kremer / WPR)

Education

UW Leaders Work to Weather COVID-19 Pandemic

Among the sectors affected by the economic turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic is the state’s university system, prompting UW System President Ray Cross to release a scaling-down plan late last week. “The University of Wisconsin System must refine the missions of its comprehensive universities to provide greater institutional distinctiveness and ...

Monday May 11, 2020


Cover photo of a guidance document the Evers administration provided to businesses to help them implement best practices when businesses reopen in the state.

Economy

Evers Provides Guidance for Businesses as State Makes Progress Toward Opening

The guidance to businesses will help ensure customer confidence once businesses reopen, as the Dept. of Health Services announces Friday the state has met half its goals to begin reopening.

Friday May 8, 2020


USDA meat inspector

Health

USDA Urges Meat Plants to Stay Open while Safety Concerns Remain

USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue says meat processing plants should remain open or reopen soon, but advocates say plants are not following CDC recommendations.

Wednesday May 6, 2020


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