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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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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.

March 30, 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.

March 29, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers speaks a Lincoln Elementary in Wauwatosa Feb. 26, 2020.

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.

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.

March 27, 2020


U.S. Capitol building August, 2019.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

March 24, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers declares a public health state of emergency at the Wisconsin Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center March 12, 2020.

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.

March 23, 2020


N95 mask from a Cambridge Area EMS ambulance.

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.

March 20, 2020


Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Courtesy: NIAID)

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.

March 19, 2020


U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore)

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.

March 18, 2020


This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML)

Health

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

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

March 18, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers announces a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people March 17, 2020 amid concerns of the novel coronavirus spreading. (Courtesy: Dept. of Health Services)

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.

March 17, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers and DHS Sec.-des. Andrea Palm provide a March 16, 2020 update on the state's COVID-19 response. (Courtesty: Dept. of Health Serv.)

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.

March 16, 2020


Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announces restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people at a news conference March 15, 2020.

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.

March 15, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers provides an update on the state response to novel coronavirus on March 12, 2020.

Health

Evers Declares Public Health State of Emergency

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

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.

March 11, 2020


Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID

Health

Update: Wisconsin Receives Third Case of Coronavirus

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

March 10, 2020


Campaign sign at a Bernie Sanders rally in Madison on April 12, 2019.

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.

March 6, 2020


Department of Health Services Secretary Designee-Andrea Palm and department staff brief legislators on the state's response to the novel coronavirus March 4, 2020.

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.

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.

March 3, 2020


Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (CDC/ Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

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.

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.

February 28, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers vetoes a Republican tax cut at Lincoln Elementary School in Wauwatosa Feb. 26, 2020.

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.

February 28, 2020


Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson discusses what to do with municipalities that have aging technology at a Feb. 27, 2020 meeting.

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.

February 28, 2020


Five people were shot and killed at the Molson Coors campus in Milwaukee Feb. 26, 2020.

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."

February 26, 2020


Wisconsin Joins Vaping Investigation

Health

Wisconsin Joins Vaping Investigation

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

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.

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.

February 21, 2020


Map: Tiffany and Zunker Win Congressional Primaries

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.

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.

February 19, 2020


Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R-Neenah, announces a Republican tax plan in Kaukauna. (Courtesy: WLUK Fox 11 News)

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.

February 14, 2020


GOP Rolls Out Ag Package

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.

February 14, 2020


Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe explains the need for two ballots to the press.

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.

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 ...

February 11, 2020


Evers Calls for Special Session, Return to Two-Thirds Funding

Politics

Evers Calls for Special Session, Return to Two-Thirds Funding

Gov. Tony Evers called a special session Thursday to advocate for more state funding for K-12 education. He said the goal of the session should be to return state contribution to two-thirds of local districts’ costs.    “I've always said that what's best for our kids is what's best for our ...

February 6, 2020


Health Officials Confirm First Case of Novel Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Health

Health Officials Confirm First Case of Novel Coronavirus in Wisconsin

The first Wisconsin case of novel coronavirus was confirmed by health officials Wednesday, while two cases remain pending.  Local officials confirmed that the infected person was a resident of Dane County but that risk of contracting the virus remained low for the general population.  “The overall risk is low,” Dane ...

February 5, 2020


Wisconsin Congressional Delegation Reacts to State of the Union

Politics

Wisconsin Congressional Delegation Reacts to State of the Union

Partisanship reflected in Wisconsin's response.

February 5, 2020


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