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Wisconsin counties include: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha


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Racine Co. Rule is On-Off-On, Dane Co. Tightens Restrictions
Racine Co. Rule is On-Off-On, Dane Co. Tightens Restrictions

Coronavirus

Racine Co. Rule is On-Off-On, Dane Co. Tightens Restrictions

A civil suit filed by a Racine business owner alleging 'Safer Racine" order would lead to business closings and significant loss of revenue resulted in ruling by Racine Co. judge to end order earlier this week. At 3pm July 3, Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Racine. Ordinance remains in effect while city’s appeal is argued in court. Madison and Dane Co. enacted stricter COVID-19 rules.

July 3, 2020

Youth Activist Group Marching 65 Miles, Demanding Reform
Youth Activist Group Marching 65 Miles, Demanding Reform

Social Issues

Youth Activist Group Marching 65 Miles, Demanding Reform

Young Wisconsinites with the 50 Miles More activist group are marching 65 miles from Milwaukee to Madison calling for action from Governor Tony Evers and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on police and gun reform, banning the use of tear gas and rubber bullets and violence prevention. The group will finish their march at the state Capitol on July 4th.

July 3, 2020

Black Leader Sees Narrative Shift Across US, Feels Different
Black Leader Sees Narrative Shift Across US, Feels Different

Social Issues

Black Leader Sees Narrative Shift Across US, Feels Different

Black Leaders Organizing for Communities leader Angela Lang discusses the status of the racial justice protests and where the state is now—whether demonstrations are continuing with the same energy or whether things are ‘returning to normal.’ She also talks about political organizing ahead of the 2020 presidential election and amid the pandemic.

July 3, 2020

Pence Rallygoers in Pewaukee Mostly Maskless
Pence Rallygoers in Pewaukee Mostly Maskless

Politics

Pence Rallygoers in Pewaukee Mostly Maskless

While masks were available, most of the crowd attending the campaign rally with Vice President Mike Pence in Pewaukee forwent wearing masks. Tickets to the rally required a disclosure statement saying no one would sue the campaign if they became infected. The Trump campaign has said the economy is the key to re-election, and Pence highlighted that in his remarks.

June 26, 2020

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Elections

Trump Campaign Doubles Down on Wisconsin

Many national election observers describe Wisconsin as a tipping-point state, meaning whomever wins this state will likely win enough electoral votes to win the presidency.

June 26, 2020

Tom Barrett
Tom Barrett

Elections

2020 DNC in Milwaukee Dramatically Downsized

In light of the continued spread of COVID-19, the upcoming 2020 Democratic convention will largely be held virtually.

June 25, 2020

Coronavirus Affecting New Communities in Milwaukee
Coronavirus Affecting New Communities in Milwaukee

Coronavirus

Coronavirus Affecting New Communities in Milwaukee

The largest spike in COVID-19 cases is now among the Latinx population in the state’s largest city, where Milwaukee’s Black community had previously suffered the brunt of the pandemic. Milwaukee Commissioner of Health Jeanette Kowalik discusses the city’s current response and testing capacity.

June 19, 2020

Sooner Bad Cops Off Force, Sooner No Longer “Bad Apples”
Sooner Bad Cops Off Force, Sooner No Longer “Bad Apples”

Politics

Sooner Bad Cops Off Force, Sooner No Longer “Bad Apples”

Republican U.S. Representative James Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District sits on the Judiciary Committee, which took testimony this week on the House bill on police reform. During the hearing, Sensenbrenner said legislation must look at police unions to get rid of what he calls "bad cops."

June 12, 2020

Gwen Moore on George Floyd, Structural Racism
Gwen Moore on George Floyd, Structural Racism

Social Issues

Gwen Moore on George Floyd, Structural Racism

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee discusses efforts by congressional Democrats to pass national police reform policy in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody. She also discusses ways to tackle systemic racism and inequality.

June 12, 2020

Wisconsin Responds to George Floyd
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.

June 5, 2020

A boarded-up storefront has been repainted to say stronger together.
A boarded-up storefront has been repainted to say stronger together.

Social Issues

Boarded-up Storefronts Become Canvas of Healing

Boarded-up storefronts are being turned into pieces of art as business owners pick up the pieces from vandalism during protests.

June 4, 2020

Protesters in Madison
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 ...

June 1, 2020

Milwaukee protesters
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.

May 29, 2020

Image of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden
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.

May 20, 2020

Choropleth map of Wisconsin showing each county sorted by name.
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.

May 15, 2020

New Report Highlights Racial Divide in COVID-19 Outbreak
New Report Highlights Racial Divide in COVID-19 Outbreak

Coronavirus

New Report Highlights Racial Divide in COVID-19 Outbreak

A new report from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shows how coronavirus is spreading along lines of segregation in north Milwaukee, and African-Americans are being disproportionately impacted. Rep. David Bowen, D-Milwaukee, says, “This does not end the story about us. This is a continuation of just how much we have been through and how much farther we have to go.”

May 1, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Lessons Learned from Milwaukee
Noon Wednesday: Lessons Learned from Milwaukee

Elections

Noon Wednesday: Lessons Learned from Milwaukee

Some have already moved on from last week's election, but its impacts linger. Health officials are looking into the effect in-person voting had on the spread of the coronavirus and state lawmakers are debating how elections should be administered in the future. Neil Albrecht, executive director of City of Milwaukee Election Commission joins us to talk about the lessons learned from Milwaukee.

April 16, 2020

A visit to Wheelhouse Studios in the Memorial Union at UW-Madison, as seen in this photo from 2014, is the kind of activity that was supported by the bridge builders of Living Our Visions (LOV Inc) before the COVID 19 crisis. (Courtesy Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)
A visit to Wheelhouse Studios in the Memorial Union at UW-Madison, as seen in this photo from 2014, is the kind of activity that was supported by the bridge builders of Living Our Visions (LOV Inc) before the COVID 19 crisis. (Courtesy Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)

Social Issues

Nonprofit Sector to Be Challenged and Changed by COVID-19

Non-profit organizations face new challenges as the COVID-19 outbreak affects their daily operations and bottom line.

April 14, 2020

Homeless woman on a bench near the state Capitol in Madison July 11, 2016.
Homeless woman on a bench near the state Capitol in Madison July 11, 2016.

Health

Wisconsin Bands Together to Address Homelessness and COVID-19

Advocacy groups in Wisconsin work to help the homeless amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 11, 2020

Milwaukee voters in line
Milwaukee voters in line

Elections

State Increases Contact Tracing After In-Person Voting

In-person voting could have exposed more Wisconsinites to COVID-19, as health officials become concerned about the disease's disproportionate impact on the state's African-American population.

April 10, 2020

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

Elections

Fox Point Absentee Ballots Not Sent to Voters

Absentee ballots requested by voters in the Village of Fox Point went undelivered by the United States Postal Services ahead of Tuesday’s elections. The ballots were repeatedly returned to village offices despite USPS saying there was nothing wrong with them, according to Scott Botcher, manager of the Milwaukee County village. ...

April 7, 2020

Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat
Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat

Elections

Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat

Tom Barrett has been mayor of Milwaukee for 16 years and he's looking to make it an even two decades of running Wisconsin's largest city. “I'm very, very excited about the future of the city because, first of all, there's a lot of great things that are going on in ...

April 1, 2020

Milwaukee skyline
Milwaukee skyline

Health

COVID-19 Threatens Black Communities on Milwaukee’s North Side

"It's been tough to see such a concentration of the virus focusing on [the] African-American community," said state Rep. David Bowen. Milwaukee's African-American community faces the brunt of the COVID-19 disease.

March 30, 2020

A U.S. Navy officer wears a medical face shield during a teeth cleaning. (Courtesty: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet)
A U.S. Navy officer wears a medical face shield during a teeth cleaning. (Courtesty: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet)

Economy

Industry Steps Up But Far from Scale Needed

Necessity being the mother of invention, Justin Webb, CEO of Franzen Graphics in Sheboygan, saw a need and with his colleagues invented a simple solution. The company specializes in printing on plastic for items like in-store displays and saw a new application for the material they usually print on. Now ...

March 25, 2020

State Street in Madison
State Street in Madison

Economy

Workers Feel Pressure from Coronavirus

It’s something you’d never expect to find in a city, the sound of silence. A surreal scene that played out across Wisconsin this week: bars, museums, performance venues, all closed. Savannah Bierma works part-time for the Pabst Theater Group in Milwaukee. They have cancelled all events through May 15. That ...

March 20, 2020

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.
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.

March 15, 2020

Sign at Molson Coors campus in Milwaukee.
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."

February 26, 2020

Republican Party logo over the Milwaukee skyline.
Republican Party logo over the Milwaukee skyline.

Politics

New GOP Office Opens in ‘Heart’ of Milwaukee

In the 2020 presidential election, the Republican Party of Wisconsin wants to make inroads into the African American vote in Milwaukee. As part of its effort, the party just opened a field office in the heart of the city. “This is the first Republican Party of Wisconsin office in the ...

February 10, 2020

Person wearing a hazmat suit
Person wearing a hazmat suit

Health

WisContext: The Novel Coronavirus and How Isolation and Quarantine Authority Works in Wisconsin

In the arsenal of weapons available to public health officials for combating outbreaks of infectious disease, quarantines are among their most serious options. As a result, quarantines are usually reserved for the most serious — or potentially serious — public health threats.

February 5, 2020

Shoreline Damage in Racine Co. Washes Up Need for Aid
Shoreline Damage in Racine Co. Washes Up Need for Aid

Environment

Shoreline Damage in Racine Co. Washes Up Need for Aid

David Maack is the Racine County Emergency Management Coordinator. Maack reviews the need for FEMA assistance in the aftermath of shoreline damage caused by severe storms earlier this month.

January 31, 2020

Trump Rallies in Milwaukee
Trump Rallies in Milwaukee

Politics

Trump Rallies in Milwaukee

President Trump’s campaign rally packed UW-Milwaukee's Panther arena this week. Some guests waited for in line for hours to get a front-row seat. Here & Now reporter Zac Schultz said that despite Trump’s long record of failed fact checks, attendees continue to support the incumbent because he is emotionally honest.

January 17, 2020

Foxconn Contract to be Renegotiated?
Foxconn Contract to be Renegotiated?

Politics

Foxconn Contract to be Renegotiated?

State Secretary of Administration Joel Brennan breaks down the current status of Wisconsin's Foxconn contract. Newly released correspondence between Foxconn, Gov. Evers’ Administration and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation show growing conflict over the Taiwanese company’s ability to collect public tax subsidies.

December 20, 2019

Sex Trafficking Awareness organization Opens New Safe House
Sex Trafficking Awareness organization Opens New Safe House

Social Issues

Sex Trafficking Awareness organization Opens New Safe House

Co-Founder of Selah Freedom Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good discusses the opening of her organization's new safe house in Wisconsin. Selah Freedom is an organization devoted to helping victims of sex trafficking resume a normal, healthy life. The new safe house will allow young women a fresh start through a “holistic approach to restoration.”

December 6, 2019

Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Persists
Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Persists

Education

Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Persists

This week The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, released results finding Wisconsin has the widest achievement gap in the country. Scores show the gap between Black and white students increasing in both math and reading.

December 4, 2019

African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility
African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility

Economy

African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility

According to studies, there are significant disparities between black and white people in the way of income, unemployment and homeownership in Wisconsin. The African American Leadership Alliance In Milwaukee (AALAM) actively seeks solutions, including developing and supporting African American leaders. Former State Assemblymember Antonio Riley talks about the newly formed alliance.

November 29, 2019

Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease
Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease

Health

Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease

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

New WEDC CEO Talks Foxconn, Agency Priorities
New WEDC CEO Talks Foxconn, Agency Priorities

Economy

New WEDC CEO Talks Foxconn, Agency Priorities

With new leadership at the head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the agency’s new CEO Missy Hughes discusses the future of projects like Foxconn and other top priorities.

October 25, 2019

Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin
Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin

Politics

Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin

Two Democrats, Wausau School Board President Tricia Zunker and Businessman Lawrence Dale, join the 7th congressional district race in Northwest Wisconsin. Outside of Milwaukee, a 5th congressional district candidate state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R) receives a major endorsement from former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

October 18, 2019

DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Shares Plans for Convention
DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Shares Plans for Convention

Politics

DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Shares Plans for Convention

DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Alex Lasry gives updates on the 2020 Convention and all that it will bring to the state. Next August, Lasry says the convention will bring over 50,000 people to Milwaukee, many of whom have never been to Wisconsin before. He said he thinks the national spotlight will put Wisconsin on the map.

October 18, 2019

Noon Wednesday: How We Got Off-Track
Noon Wednesday: How We Got Off-Track

Politics

Noon Wednesday: How We Got Off-Track

Building a high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee was a proposal that reached the end of its line but the topic still divides people. Special projects reporter Bridgit Bowden is talking to us about “Derailed,” a new podcast from Wisconsin Public Radio that goes full-steam into the history of the line and what it says about our state.

October 16, 2019

Milwaukee Communities Cope with Gun Violence
Milwaukee Communities Cope with Gun Violence

Social Issues

Milwaukee Communities Cope with Gun Violence

The story of Milwaukee's Mosbey family focuses on the reality of gun violence after teenager Tyrese Mosbey was shot in the head while at a bus stop after school. His family is coming to terms with his present and future recovery. Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Director Reggie Moore also weighs in on the issue of gun violence and its impact on the broader community.

October 11, 2019

State Legislators Discuss Decline in Statewide Test Scores
State Legislators Discuss Decline in Statewide Test Scores

Education

State Legislators Discuss Decline in Statewide Test Scores

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

US Rep. Sensenbrenner Retires, Milwaukee Mayor Race Picks Up
US Rep. Sensenbrenner Retires, Milwaukee Mayor Race Picks Up

Politics

US Rep. Sensenbrenner Retires, Milwaukee Mayor Race Picks Up

Longest serving Wisconsin Congressman, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R) announced that he will not seek another term. Sensenbrenner was first elected to his Waukesha-area seat in 1978. Meanwhile, Democratic state Senator Lena Taylor announced she is running for Mayor in Milwaukee. Incumbent Mayor Tom Barrett has yet to announce if he's running for re-election.

September 6, 2019

Foxconn Road Plans Jeopardize Homeowners’ Land
Foxconn Road Plans Jeopardize Homeowners’ Land

Economy

Foxconn Road Plans Jeopardize Homeowners’ Land

WPR reporter Corrinne Hess discusses the rift between Foxconn and home and property owners in Mt. Pleasant. The company has taken a major toll on locals who have sold their property to accommodate plans for a new road. Hess reported that the land acquisitions began this spring. Many property owners are worried that more of their land may be taken to make space for the company’s plans.

September 6, 2019

Milwaukee Seeks to Improve Juvenile Incarceration
Milwaukee Seeks to Improve Juvenile Incarceration

Policy

Milwaukee Seeks to Improve Juvenile Incarceration

Milwaukee County is looking into ways to change juvenile incarceration, proposing a $42 million renovation to its existing facility. County supervisor Marcelia Nicholson talks about how the county wants to improve conditions for its juvenile inmates, saying they want to use evidence-based solutions that go “beyond detention.”

July 12, 2019

Brakes on Hop 2020 Expansion for Now
Brakes on Hop 2020 Expansion for Now

Elections

Brakes on Hop 2020 Expansion for Now

As Milwaukee gets ready to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, some city officials are pushing to extend the streetcar line to reach the convention site. A committee vote this week tables the expansion for now, putting into question whether the expansion could be finished by next summer.

May 24, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Undocumented Immigrants and College
Noon Wednesday: Undocumented Immigrants and College

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Undocumented Immigrants and College

Julio Gumeta came to Wisconsin when he was seven years old. Now, 17 years later, he wants to attend UW-Milwaukee but cannot afford the out-state-tuition rates that undocumented immigrants are required to pay. He says he would like to give back to his community in Wisconsin, but finds that difficult without proper education.

May 8, 2019

Democrats Will Flock to Milwaukee for 2020 Convention
Democrats Will Flock to Milwaukee for 2020 Convention

Politics

Democrats Will Flock to Milwaukee for 2020 Convention

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, says she is “over the moon” that the Democratic National Committee chose her home city as the location for their 2020 national convention. She says Milwaukee “really demonstrates our Democratic values,” and that she is looking forward to showcasing the city’s diverse population.

March 15, 2019

New Analysis Shows Challenges Milwaukee Faces
New Analysis Shows Challenges Milwaukee Faces

Economy

New Analysis Shows Challenges Milwaukee Faces

Marc Levine of UW-Milwaukee’s Center for Economic Development, discusses his new analysis on one of Milwaukee’s most impoverished ZIP codes: 53206. He says the area feels the effects of multiple disadvantages piled on top of one another, and that while the job market is improving, many are working at poverty-level employment.

March 15, 2019

Milwaukee Seeks DNC Bid, Supreme Court Race Hits Air
Milwaukee Seeks DNC Bid, Supreme Court Race Hits Air

Politics

Milwaukee Seeks DNC Bid, Supreme Court Race Hits Air

Milwaukee looks to be the favorite for the next Democratic National Convention, and the race for state Supreme Court hits the airwaves.

February 22, 2019

What’s Next for Foxconn?
What’s Next for Foxconn?

Economy

What’s Next for Foxconn?

News broke this week that Foxconn considered scaling back production of LCD screens in the state, yet the week ended with the company doubling down on its commitment to produce screens in Wisconsin and create 13,000 jobs. Weighing in on the news are Tim Sheehy, President of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, and Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh.

February 1, 2019

Carolyn Stanford Taylor is new State School Superintendent
Carolyn Stanford Taylor is new State School Superintendent

Education

Carolyn Stanford Taylor is new State School Superintendent

Carolyn Stanford Taylor, the newly-appointed State School Superintendent of Public Instruction says "we will focus on closing gaps." Taylor served the past 17 years as Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Learning Support. She has an education degree from UW-Madison, was a teacher and principal in the Madison School District and served as president of the local teachers union.

January 11, 2019

Congresswoman Gwen Moore Speaks to Government Shutdown
Congresswoman Gwen Moore Speaks to Government Shutdown

Economy

Congresswoman Gwen Moore Speaks to Government Shutdown

U.S. Representative from the 4th Congressional District, Democratic Gwen Moore, responded, "That's the problem. They're not being received by the Senate" when asked about how the House of Representative bills currently being passed - that would fund the government - are being received by the U.S. Senate during this federal government shutdown.

January 11, 2019

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