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Historians are racing to locate Great Lakes shipwrecks before the seemingly unstoppable invasive quagga mussel destroys them and erases physical traces of the region's centuries-long maritime heritage.
September 25, 2023
UW-Oshkosh Faculty Senate President Pascale Manning shares perspectives of employees about how the university's $18 million deficit and plans for layoffs reflect funding issues in higher education.
September 8, 2023
The Oshkosh Police Department is among the law enforcement agencies across the country that have cited a law added to multiple state constitutions that broadens victim privacy to shield officers who use force.
September 6, 2023
Prisoners describe unsanitary conditions and a dearth of medical care at a state prison in Waupun — experts say staffing shortages are contributing to lockdowns across the country.
August 22, 2023
UW-Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt says the university plans to shed about 200 employees through layoffs and early retirements, and all employees also will take furlough days in the fall 2023 semester.
August 4, 2023
A dearth of affordable housing and the cost and availability of child care remain barriers to opportunity for many working families in the northeastern area of the state.
June 20, 2023
State Sen. Rob Cowles and Rep. David Steffen submitted a motion to Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee seeking $2 million to help stage the 2025 NFL draft at Lambeau Field.
May 25, 2023
Kinnard Farms sued the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in April 2022 after the agency attached requirements to the company's wastewater permit — a settlement establishes deadlines for new practices.
May 16, 2023
Many attendees who testified at a Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee public listening session held in Waukesha sought increased state funding for K-12 education in the 2023-25 biennial budget.
April 7, 2023
Incumbent Eric Genrich and challenger Chad Weininger – a Democrat and a Republican — are facing off in a close contest for a nonpartisan office to lead Wisconsin's third-largest city.
March 28, 2023
More than a half-year after backlash to a transgender bullying investigation spurred bomb threats, moderates regained control of the school board in the east-central Wisconsin community of Kiel.
February 15, 2023
A newly released study says toxic PFAS chemicals have been found in Lake Michigan's Green Bay — University of Wisconsin researchers say they detected a plume of the compounds and traced it to a plant that manufactures firefighting foam.
January 4, 2023
Parents urged Kiel High School to respond to racial bullying their teen faced at school, but backlash forced him to transfer — and upended life for others in town.
October 24, 2022
Despite tens of millions in state and local government incentives, the Wisconsin company is steering billions of dollars of work away from its namesake city.
August 22, 2022
The Kiel school district’s closure of a Title IX investigation under pressure sends a 'chilling message,' says an expert, but some residents tell LGBTQ youth that 'you are not alone.'
August 3, 2022
The Republican Party of Wisconsin is outspending the Democratic Party of Wisconsin on local politics as municipal-level campaigns become more partisan, particularly in races for school boards.
August 3, 2022
Officials in Brown County call the changes long-planned and unrelated to alleged bullying by Dane County Medical Examiner's Office supervisors.
July 26, 2022
Five voters are charged with fraud by the Fond du Lac County District Attorney, who is running in the Republican primary for state attorney general, after they registered using their UPS Store addresses — one critic calls it an 'abuse' of prosecutorial discretion.
July 11, 2022
Wisconsin is in a labor crunch, but evacuees and other immigrants can help — if they can navigate transportation and other obstacles.
May 18, 2022
The number of northeast Wisconsin residents who identify as multiracial in the 2020 census nearly tripled from a decade earlier, reflecting a change in how the count was conducted but also the breadth of racial diversity that's blossoming in the region.
April 20, 2022
The Hmong population in northeast Wisconsin continues to grow, and as members of the community increasingly contribute to the region's economy, politics and culture, hopes are growing that future generations can transcend ongoing struggles with understanding and acceptance.
April 13, 2022
Spanish speakers came to Wisconsin before it was a state — here's how they've shaped the economy, labor laws and found the American dream.
April 6, 2022
One day after Ukraine was invaded, an artisan candle business based in Sturgeon Bay moved to sell a blue-and-yellow solidarity candle to raise money for an emergency aid charity — tens of thousands of orders later, this fundraiser has turned into a community effort.
March 17, 2022
While undercounts of different racial demographics have been a continuing issue with the U.S. Census, tribal officials with the Oneida Nation in northeast Wisconsin are hopeful that changes made for 2020 have made for a more accurate count of Wisconsinites with Indigenous ancestry.
March 16, 2022
A 213-foot luxury vessel constructed by Palmer Johnson Yachts and completed at shipyards in Door County in 2013 was seized by the Italian government in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine — its industrial legacy can still summon strong feelings in Wisconsin.
March 15, 2022
A report issued with the support of real estate, construction, municipal and other groups in Wisconsin promotes policies intended to increase housing density and lower costs for property owners and renters.
March 9, 2022
One target of the 2021 federal infrastructure package is a decades-long effort to remediate industrial contamination in five locations in the state where rivers and estuaries flow into the Great Lakes — conservationists are hopeful the funding will accelerate this restoration process.
March 8, 2022
Public officials and community service providers in the Green Bay area are seeking sustainable solutions to what is often seen as a temporary problem, with a focus on helping people with mental health disorders and providing opportunities for detoxification and sobriety.
February 22, 2022
Over the course of the decade spanning 2010 and 2020, demographic shifts in the Green Bay and Fox Valley regions saw cities become more diverse, suburbs shift whiter and family farms shut down faster.
February 10, 2022
Hispanic, Black, Asian and Indigenous communities boomed in Green Bay and Fox Valley regions in 2010s.
February 3, 2022
Many Afghans who fled Taliban rule in August 2021 are making new homes in Wisconsin. On Jan. 31, 2022, Wisconsin Public Radio's "Central Time" interviewed journalists from PBS Wisconsin and WPR who shared the stories of refugees and the legal experts helping them navigate resettling in the United States. The show also interviewed the director of an Appleton resettlement agency about its work.
February 1, 2022
ThedaCare, a hospital group in northeast Wisconsin, filed a lawsuit to keep seven at-will employees who work on a trauma team from leaving for jobs with Ascension, another health care system in the region. Madeline Heim, an Appleton Post-Crescent reporter who covered the story, explains how these events played out in court.
January 26, 2022
District administrators in Green Bay, La Crosse and elsewhere around the state are digging deep to find temporary staff to cover for employees who are out sick as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 rages.
January 20, 2022
The state Department of Natural Resources is weighing a fundamental question: Preserve land or let nature take its course as water reshapes shorelines?
December 9, 2021
Wisconsin sees a surge in barriers to slow lakefront erosion, but such structures are temporary and may harm downstream beaches.
November 9, 2021
Tami McLaughlin, director of World Relief Fox Valley, discusses plans underway in the Fox Valley to help resettle Afghan refugees in Appleton and around the region.
August 27, 2021
Reporter Marisa Wojcik explores how the court process of evictions and federal rental assistance fits into Wisconsin's broader housing crisis, even as the CDC has reinstated a pandemic moratorium with the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.
August 12, 2021
Health officials in Dane and Door counties are trying to push local vaccinations even higher as employers are left to set their own vaccine and mask rules in the face of another highly contagious coronavirus wave.
August 9, 2021
Here & Now extra: A nationwide halt on evicting tenants during the pandemic simultaneously slowed down and uncovered deeper fissures in a housing crisis faced by lower-income renters.
August 3, 2021
An Outagamie County judge is using his authority to offer defendants alternatives to jail time, but the terms shift and are indefinite, reports Wisconsin Watch in its new investigative series "Justice Deferred." Reporter Phoebe Petrovic discusses their reporting about the judge.
July 28, 2021
Natalie Brophy, Appleton Post-Crescent Patrick Neph is limiting reservations at his Green Bay steakhouse because he doesn’t have enough staff to serve a full house. Neph owns Republic Chophouse and the soon-to-open Mangiare, an Italian restaurant just down the street. Between the two eateries, he needs to hire 10 ...
July 22, 2021
A Wisconsin Watch and WPR analysis shows Judge Vincent Biskupic is the top user of this ‘de facto’ probation, which raises questions of judicial authority — and fairness.
July 20, 2021
A National Marine Sanctuary established off the shores of Lake Michigan to protect and promote dozens of sites where historic sunken ships sit at the bottom followed a years-long saga of local disputes and whiplash in support at the state and federal levels.
July 13, 2021
Businesses in busy summer communities like Minocqua, Bayfield and Door County are racing to serve more customers while also struggling with maintaining enough employees as travel swells in the wake of the pandemic.
July 2, 2021
A study predicts the incidence of gastrointestinal illness in private drinking wells among residents of Kewaunee County, identifying manure as the main cause of contamination.
June 28, 2021
Four years after a facility disclosed water contamination in the region, residents in the northeast corner of Wisconsin deal with the impact of dangerous "forever chemicals."
May 4, 2021
With their clients and families stuck in limbo, advocates for refugees are calling on Biden to follow through on promises to raise the federal cap on new arrivals.
April 27, 2021
Here & Now Extra: By the end of June, a community clinic at the home of the Green Bay Packers is gearing up to vaccinate tens of thousands of people from around the region.
March 23, 2021
Planning for the February 2021 wolf hunt was rushed following a court order, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission charges the Wisconsin DNR with neglecting tribal obligations.
March 18, 2021
State and local efforts to expand equitable internet access across the state grow in priority as both education and the economy moved more online in the wake of the coronavirus.
March 5, 2021
In the county with the second-lowest population in Wisconsin, Menominee has recently become the state’s largest COVID-19 case burden.
October 27, 2020
Emergency Department Medical Director at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay Dr. Paul Casey talks about how the region’s hospitals are handling the influx of COVID-19 patients.
October 16, 2020
As COVID-19 cases spike in Green Bay, President and CEO of Prevea Health Dr. Ashok Rai joins to discuss the pressure that spiraling COVID cases in Brown County is placing on hospitals and health professionals; and how the area’s health care infrastructure is handling the surge.
October 2, 2020
As a member a House Judiciary Committee Member, Tiffany participated in the questioning of U.S. Attorney General William Barr about Federal agents in U.S. cities. He'll speak to that as well as the status of Congressional help on coronavirus relief to Americans. Tiffany also weighs in on the state's recent mask mandate.
July 31, 2020
In lieu of a statewide order, local public health officials have implemented their own orders to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris discusses the challenges and pushbacks he’s faced while navigating a local response to the virus.
July 10, 2020
President Donald Trump visited Fincantieri Marinette Marine on Thursday. He toured the shipyard in Marinette that was awarded a $5.5 billion Navy contract to build new frigates. The company is expected to invest more than $200 million and create 1,000 jobs at the shipyard as a result of that contract.
June 26, 2020
Despite the State Supreme Court ruling this week, work on the front lines continues. The number of people able to get tested for COVID-19 is on the rise. More than 20 Wisconsin counties are benefiting from the increased testing at community-based sites. 1600 members of the National Guard are now serving in direct support of the state’s coronavirus response.
May 15, 2020
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.
May 15, 2020
USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue says meat processing plants should remain open or reopen soon, but advocates say plants are not following CDC recommendations.
May 6, 2020
Thousands of test kits from the state help officials track the spread of the disease among outbreaks in three meatpacking plants, as the president encourages meatpacking plants to stay open as essential businesses.
April 28, 2020
Meatpacking plants are essential parts of food infrastructure, especially during a pandemic, but a recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Brown County facilities is causing a full-court press to ensure workers and the community are safe.
April 27, 2020
A report on COVID-19 in Door County and the healthcare impact of people arriving at tourist destinations during the pandemic. “I never thought in my wildest dreams I would ask people not to come to Door County,” said Door County Board Chair Dave Lienau.
April 17, 2020
Door County residents wish Wisconsinites could visit, but urge them to stay home during the public health crisis.
April 17, 2020
Advocacy groups in Wisconsin work to help the homeless amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 11, 2020
Dale Witkowski of Fond du Lac County developed the disease after an Egyptian River Cruise.
March 21, 2020
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
At the end of the session, Assembly Republicans added new legislation to address contamination by so-called 'forever chemicals' PFAS. The amendment to an existing bill creates new testing standards, but must clear the Senate before heading to Evers's desk.
February 21, 2020
The non-white population in Green Bay is projected to double or triple by 2040. Mohammed Bey, director of diversity and inclusion at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, discusses what diversity and equity looks like in the greater Green Bay area and how the event will examine the community’s “successes and shortcomings.”
January 15, 2020
According to a new special study by economists at George Mason University in Virginia, Foxconn could depress the state economic activity by tens of billions of dollars over the next 15 years. Michael Farren, a George Mason University researcher, talks about the new study and the economic risks that it reveals.
December 4, 2019
A look at Marquette poll numbers on the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state. Four hunters explain differing reasons why some get their deer tested for CWD and the overwhelming reason why most do not. The poll shows that of the people who have heard of CWD, 64% feel it represents a threat to the future of deer hunting in Wisconsin.
November 22, 2019
The Republican Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt and Democratic Committee Member Rep. LaKeshia Myers address the declining school test score results. The 2018-2019 statewide test score results show a decline in student performance overall. Scores from tests such as the ACT also show that the achievement gap between Black and white students persists.
September 20, 2019
The push to fund more trauma-informed programming in the state continues in Wisconsin. Here & Now shares children’s stories from the new documentary “Not Enough Apologies,” and CEO of the Fox Valley Boys and Girls Club Greg Lempke-Rochon discusses his efforts to bring trauma-informed programming to his community.
May 17, 2019
Congressman Glenn Grothman says House Appropriation bills are "too free spending" when asked why he voted against some House Appropriation bills. Grothman also stated, "I have no problem paying people who are working," when asked about his opposition to back pay for federal employees affected by the government shutdown.
January 11, 2019
Shannon Holsey, president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in Shawano County, has been fielding questions from the community regarding the federal shutdown and stoppage of funding that's obligated under treaty rights. Community services including health care, education, public safety and care for the elderly are all supported by the tribe.
January 11, 2019