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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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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


Wisconsin Capitol

Health

Wisconsin Makes Progress on Criteria to Reopen State

Wisconsin must meet certain "gating criteria" before it can start to reopen under the governor's order. According to new data from the Dept. of Health Services, the state has met two of the six criteria and is making progress on the rest.

Tuesday May 5, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers

Health

Evers Announces Testing Goals

In a Monday announcement, the governor said the state would provide more resources to long-term care facilities like nursing homes and provide pop-up community testing sites around the state.

Monday May 4, 2020



Rep. Rob Swearingen, R-Rhinelander, hears input on how to reopen parts of the state during an April 30, 2020 committee meeting. (Courtesy: Wisconsin Eye)

Policy

Lawmakers Question ‘Essential’ Designation under ‘Safer at Home’

Republican lawmakers advocated a broader definition of essential, as they argued some multi-purpose stores could sell non-essential goods as those non-essential stores remain closed.

Friday May 1, 2020


photo of the decorative dome ceiling of the Wisconsin State Capitol building

Health

Evers, Legislators Call for Bipartisanship as Court Battle Continues

Gov. Tony Evers said he and legislative Republicans are not far apart on coronavirus policy, as he defends his ability to issue a stay-at-home order in a Republican-brought suit before the state Supreme Court.

Wednesday April 29, 2020


UW-Madison's Bascom Hall Aug. 3, 2014. (Courtesy: Phil Roeder)

Economy

UW-Madison, State Announce Furloughs and Cuts Amid Coronavirus Uncertainty

The state’s flagship campus will institute furloughs as state agencies face a 5% reduction in general purpose revenue.

Wednesday April 29, 2020


Medical testing swabs. (Courtesy: Vesna Harni)

Health

Wisconsin Pushes New Guidance for More Testing

Health officials say any Wisconsinite who is symptomatic should receive a test, as they hope to increase the current testing level of 2,000-3,000 per day to meet the state's capacity of 11,000 per day.

Wednesday April 29, 2020


A sign showing state parks closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak April 10, 2020.

Health

Evers to Reopen State Parks Friday

Many of the state parks that were closed to enforce social distancing efforts will reopen Friday. Operating hours will be reduced and capacity will be lowered to roughly 75%.

Tuesday April 28, 2020


A group of kayaks at Whitefish Dunes State Park. Under the governor's new order, outdoor equipment like boats and ATVs can now be rented.

Policy

Wisconsin Begins to ‘Turn the Dial’ on Reopening

The governor announced changes today that loosen the state's "Safer at Home" restrictions, allowing outdoor gear rentals and more businesses to do curbside pickup.

Monday April 27, 2020


Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

Policy

WMC Proposes Plan to Reopen Businesses

The plan would evaluate risks specific to individual businesses, and consider the health care infrastructure of the business's county.

Friday April 24, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Evers Encourages Continued Distance Ahead of Extended Order

The governor's original order was set to expire Friday, but is now extended through May 26. The new order loosens some restrictions, like allowing curbside pick up for libraries and golf courses to open.

Thursday April 23, 2020


Wisconsin National Guard Capt. Joe Trovato

Health

National Guard Contributes to State COVID-19 Effort

The National Guard's adjutant general said troops are helping with testing and supplies to bolster state agencies' responses to the virus.

Wednesday April 22, 2020


Vice President Mike Pence

Politics

Pence Applauds Increased Ventilator Production During Madison Visit

The VP says the Trump Administration will use the Defense Production Act to make sure facilities like the one in Madison are adequately supplied to keep production moving forward at increased capacity.

Tuesday April 21, 2020


Badger Bounce Back plan

Health

Evers Releases Three-Phase Plan to Reopen the State

The plan hinges on an increased ability to test potential cases, as well as a 14-day drop in suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Monday April 20, 2020


Temporarily Closed Sign

Health

Update: Evers Extends ‘Safer at Home’ Order Through May

The new order extends "Safer at Home" social distancing through the morning of May 26. The governor says increased testing capacity and other public health measures are needed to be in place before the state reopens.

Thursday April 16, 2020


Gordon Hintz

Policy

Update: Legislature Passes COVID-19 Aid Package

The bill received broad bipartisan support and would eliminate the state's one-week waiting period for unemployed Wisconsinites to receive benefits, among other provisions. The governor signed the bill Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday April 15, 2020


Map: Wisconsin Spring 2020 Election Results

Here and Now 2020

Map: Wisconsin Spring 2020 Election Results

Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky beat incumbent Justice Dan Kelly for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Former Vice President Joe Biden won the state's Democratic presidential primary, beating Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders who won the state four years ago.

Tuesday April 14, 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

Health Officials Begin to See Flattened Curve

The governor and public health officials expressed cautious optimism in a Monday briefing.

Monday April 13, 2020


Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.

Health

Legislature to Take Up Coronavirus Bill Next Week

The bill is still being drafted according to legislative leaders, and the session could come as early as next Tuesday.

Friday April 10, 2020


Wisconsin Assembly chamber.

Policy

Governor Criticizes GOP COVID-19 Plan

Republican leaders are working out their own plan to fight COVID-19 in Wisconsin, drawing criticism from the governor.

Wednesday April 8, 2020


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

Elections

Wisconsin Votes Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Wisconsin voters head to the polls with increased caution as the state's spring election moves forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday April 7, 2020


Scene from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Here and Now 2020

Updated: Milwaukee DNC Postponed Until August

The DNC will be rescheduled to August 17 amid coronavirus concerns. Presidential candidates weighed in on the Wisconsin election, with Bernie Sanders advocating for it to be postponed, while Joe Biden advocated leaving it up to the state.

Thursday April 2, 2020


Tony Evers

Policy

Evers Releases Second Bill to Combat COVID-19 Outbreak

The bill includes housing aid and a tax credit increase. Meanwhile, Republicans said Wednesday they support the governor's proposal to eliminate the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits and expect legislation to come soon.

Wednesday April 1, 2020


A sign prepared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to demonstrate to voters how far apart they should be while they wait in line to vote.

Elections

Update: Elections Commission Prepares Municipalities for Voting During COVID Outbreak

Wisconsin Elections Commission votes to clarify rules on indefinitely confined voters, and to supply municipal clerks with cleaning materials and other supplies ahead of the April 7 election. In a meeting Sunday, the commission deadlocked on chastising the Milwaukee and Dane county clerks.

Tuesday March 31, 2020


Evers Discusses Federal and State Action on COVID-19

Health

Evers Discusses Federal and State Action on COVID-19

Wisconsin is headed "into the worst of it," Gov. Tony Evers said in a Monday briefing as the state's number of COVID-19 cases climbs to 1,221.

Monday March 30, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers

Politics

Evers Introduces Broad COVID-19 Response Bill

The bill would send millions to local public health offices and make changes to the upcoming election, including eliminating the photo ID requirement.

Sunday March 29, 2020


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

Elections

Update: Evers Calls for Widespread Absentee Ballot Legislation

Gov. Tony Evers asks the Legislature to send all registered voters absentee ballots ahead of April 7 amid election concerns during the COVID-19 outbreak. Later Friday, Evers also loosen licensing requirements for certain healthcare workers.

Friday March 27, 2020


U.S. Capitol

Politics

Update: Congress Passes Third COVID-19 Aid Package

The House of Representatives passed the bill Friday, which the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Wednesday. The bill would send $1,200 checks to Americans, among other provisions.

Friday March 27, 2020


Sen. Fred Risser speaks from the Senate floor Feb. 26, 2015.

Elections

America’s Longest-Serving Legislator, Fred Risser, Retires

Wisconsin’s, and the nation’s, longest-serving legislator Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, announced Thursday he will retire after serving 64 years in the state legislature.  The 92-year-old was first elected to the Assembly in 1956, and won a Senate seat in 1962. According to a release from his office, Risser served under ...

Thursday March 26, 2020


Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.

Elections

Legislative Leaders Want April Election to Move Forward

On a call with reporters, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said municipalities should be prepared for April 7, but they are not considering altering the date at this time.

Wednesday March 25, 2020


Update: Evers Issues ‘Safer at Home’ Order

Politics

Update: Evers Issues ‘Safer at Home’ Order

Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Tuesday mandating that Wisconsinites stay at home, effective Wednesday morning at 8. Certain exemptions are allowed for residents to leave their homes to receive healthcare and to get necessary supplies such as groceries. According to a release from the governor’s office, Wisconsinites do not ...

Tuesday March 24, 2020


Tony Evers - Governor of Wisconsin stands at a podium at a press conference

Health

Update: Evers Calls for ‘Safer at Home’ Order

The governor said details of the order would be finalized before Tuesday, when the order goes into effect.

Monday March 23, 2020


N95 mask

Health

Evers: State Has ‘Adequate Response’ to COVID-19

Gov. Tony Evers does not think Wisconsin is ready for a shelter in place order, while health officials say the state's testing and equipment supply could face shortfalls.

Friday March 20, 2020


Microscopic image of virus

Health

Update: Three Dead from COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Two men in Fond du Lac and Ozaukee Counties both died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to a release from Gov. Tony Evers late Thursday. A third death was announced by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner Friday.

Thursday March 19, 2020


Ron Johnson

Health

Senate Approves Coronavirus Aid

The U.S. Senate voted to provide paid sick leave for those suffering from COVID-19 and free testing. Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson was among the eight senators voting against the package.

Wednesday March 18, 2020


SARS-CoV-2.

Health

Learn More About the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 and Wisconsin

10 Things to Know About the Outbreak and Public Health in the State

Wednesday March 18, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

COVID Reaches Community Spread Phase in Wisconsin Counties

Dane, Milwaukee and Kenosha Counties all have community spread of the novel coronavirus, as the number of Wisconsin cases increases to 72. Gov. Tony Evers issued a statewide ban of gatherings of more than 10 people and closed schools "until further notice" amid concerns of the spread of the virus.

Tuesday March 17, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers and Sec.-des. Andrea Palm

Health

State on Heightened Alert For Coronavirus

The state's Emergency Operations Center upgraded to its highest level of readiness as the governor and health secretary ban gatherings of more than 50 people.

Monday March 16, 2020


Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.

Health

New Dane County Restrictions, Fond du Lac Numbers, Voting in Milwaukee

With new state numbers, Wisconsin has 33 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. In response, Dane County announces new restrictions on public gatherings.

Sunday March 15, 2020


Tony Evers - Governor of Wisconsin stands at a podium at a press conference

Health

Evers Declares Public Health State of Emergency

Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency in response to the spread of novel coronavirus.

Thursday March 12, 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. (NIAID-RML)

Health

Three More Cases of Novel Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Two cases in Fond du Lac County and one in Waukesha County were confirmed today by the Department of Health Services. Two cases are still active in Pierce and Dane Counties. Universities around the state cancelled events and prepared to hold classes online in the wake of the spread of the disease.

Wednesday March 11, 2020


microscopic photo illustration of Coronavirus

Health

Update: Wisconsin Receives Third Case of Coronavirus

Patients in Dane County and Pierce County contracted the virus while traveling within the United States.

Tuesday March 10, 2020


Bernie Sanders sign.

Politics

Sanders to Open Office in Wisconsin

With Bloomberg and Warren out of the presidential race, Wisconsin will have no presidential campaign presence until the Sanders campaign opens their Madison office on Tuesday.

Friday March 6, 2020


Coronavirus briefing.

Health

Legislators, DHS Staff Discuss State Response to Coronavirus

Update: 14 cases are now pending in Wisconsin to determine whether those patients have novel coronavirus. There are however, no new confirmed cases of novel corona virus.

Wednesday March 4, 2020


Evers Signs HOPE Agenda, Mental Health Bills into Law

Politics

Evers Signs HOPE Agenda, Mental Health Bills into Law

The slate of bills includes studies on medication-assisted treatment and protection for state employees who use such a plan. The governor also signed a pilot mental health program in Outagamie County schools.

Tuesday March 3, 2020


Transmission electron microscopic image of COVID-19.

Health

State Prepares Testing, Response for Coronavirus

Wisconsin can now conduct in-state coronavirus tests according to a state health department briefing Monday. Laboratories in Milwaukee and Madison can test upwards of hundreds of samples.

Monday March 2, 2020


Appeals Court Reverses Voter Roll Purge Decision

Politics

Appeals Court Reverses Voter Roll Purge Decision

A state appeals court overturns an Ozaukee County courts decision directing the state to purge more than 200,000 voters from the rolls.

Friday February 28, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers vetoes a Republican tax cut.

Politics

Update: Evers Vetoes More Republican Bills

Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a Republican plan to lower taxes with state surplus money, asking Republican leaders to come back to the table over K-12 funding. Republicans said the veto was an opportunity missed to lower taxes for Wisconsinites.

Friday February 28, 2020


Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson

Elections

Elections Commission Will Scold Municipalities Not in Compliance

The Wisconsin Elections Commission will publicly reprimand six Wisconsin municipalities if they do not upgrade their elections technology soon.

Friday February 28, 2020


Sign at Molson Coors campus in Milwaukee.

Social Issues

Update: Six Dead in Milwaukee Shooting

A 51-year-old Milwaukee man killed five others, then himself in a shooting at the Molson Coors campus in the city's "Miller Valley."

Wednesday February 26, 2020


Image of a person using a vape pen.

Health

Wisconsin Joins Vaping Investigation

AG Josh Kaul announced Wisconsin will join a 39-state investigation into the marketing practices of vape company JUUL.

Tuesday February 25, 2020


Bernie Sanders speaks at a 2016 campaign rally at Carthage College in Wisconsin.

Politics

New Poll Shows Sanders Leading in Wisconsin

A new UW-Madison poll has Sanders leading the Democratic primary race in Wisconsin with 30% and the rest of the field in the low teens.

Monday February 24, 2020


Microsoft Tests New Voting Software in Wisconsin

Elections

Microsoft Tests New Voting Software in Wisconsin

Fulton, a town in Rock County, tested new software this week to help ensure the accuracy of votes that get counted. When voters fill out a ballot, they receive an encrypted code that shows how they voted. Voters can later check a list to see that their unique code was counted and that the vote did not change. Officials say they will return to regular voting practices for the rest of 2020.

Friday February 21, 2020


Election results from the 7th CD Republican primary.

Politics

Map: Tiffany and Zunker Win Congressional Primaries

State Sen. Tom Tiffany will face Ho-Chunk Supreme Court Justice Tricia Zunker on May 12. They defeated Jason Church and Lawrence Dale in the Republican and Democratic primaries respectively.

Wednesday February 19, 2020


Wisconsinite votes in Feb. 18, 2020 spring primary.

Elections

Kelly, Karofsky Advance to April General

Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly will face Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky April 7. State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Ho-Chunk Supreme Court Justice Tricia Zunker both emerged from their primaries, and will face each other May 12 to fill Sean Duffy's 7th Congressional District seat.

Wednesday February 19, 2020


Rep. Mike Rohrkaste announces a GOP tax plan in Kaukauna

Politics

Republicans Propose Tax Cut with Surplus Money

Legislative Republicans respond to Gov. Tony Evers's call for school funding with property tax cut, setting up a showdown over how to spend the state's surplus money.

Friday February 14, 2020


Cows in a Wisconsin farm

Agriculture

GOP Rolls Out Ag Package

Legislative Republicans announce a package of agriculture-related bills amid Gov. Tony Evers's call for a special session.

Friday February 14, 2020


Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe.

Politics

Elections Commission: No Competing Ballots in April Election

The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted unanimously to send only one ballot to a majority of absentee voters in the April general election.  To comply with federal law, overseas voters will still receive two ballots in April, but most absentee voters will only receive a single ballot with all races.

Wednesday February 12, 2020


Wisconsin Assembly chamber.

Politics

Assembly Debates Handling of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

The state Assembly is considering a plan to address sexual assault evidence kits over the objection of the attorney general and sexual assault advocacy groups.  The current bill contains many of the same provisions included in bipartisan legislation introduced last spring, but has drawn criticism for additions to the bill ...

Tuesday February 11, 2020


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