A sidewalk sign reading COVID-19 Vaccine Enter Here stands in front of a building entrance.

Coronavirus

Wisconsin’s Covid Condition: The Delta Outbreak Declines Slowly, More Booster Shots Are Recommended

The state's numbers of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are starting to drop slowly from their early autumn highs, with more protection from the disease imminent as the FDA and CDC recommend more options for fully vaccinated people to get an additional dose and mix-and-match vaccine types.

October 22, 2021

Smoke flows out of of a masonry chimney on a snow-covered roof.
Smoke flows out of of a masonry chimney on a snow-covered roof.

WisContext

What Wisconsinites Can Do to Lower Heating Bills as Fuel Prices Spike

Households across the state have multiple options for reducing the cost of keeping their homes warm in winter, including direct assistance and incentives for weatherization and efficiency upgrades, depending on income levels.

October 21, 2021

Ramiah Whiteside wears an American flag mask and holds a protest sign in front of a wrought iron fence.
Ramiah Whiteside wears an American flag mask and holds a protest sign in front of a wrought iron fence.

Social Issues

Wisconsin Imprisons 1 in 36 Black Adults, the Highest Rate in the US

A 2021 Sentencing Project report confirms the state's deep racial disparities in incarceration, which one advocate calls a "slap in the face."

October 19, 2021

Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn sits in an office front of a screen.
Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn sits in an office front of a screen.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Recap: Peter David, Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn and Will Kenneally

Here's what guests on the Oct. 15, 2021 episode had to say about the wolf hunt, long-haul covid and the Gableman election probe.

October 18, 2021

A COVID-19 vaccination record card with stickers noting two doses sits on a white surface.
A COVID-19 vaccination record card with stickers noting two doses sits on a white surface.

Coronavirus

Wisconsin’s Covid Condition: Hospitals Require Vaccines for Staff, More Evidence Shots Work Well

A new round of state data show hospitalizations and deaths are far higher among people who haven't had COVID-19 vaccinations than those who have, one reason health care systems are requiring their staff to get vaccinated.

October 15, 2021

A microscopic image shows round virus particles inside cellular structures.
A microscopic image shows round virus particles inside cellular structures.

WisContext

Why Wisconsin’s Covid Breakthrough Numbers Show the Power of Vaccination

When the state health department compiles figures about people vaccinated for COVID-19 who become infected with the virus, the role of age is paramount in understanding differing impacts across the state's entire population.

October 12, 2021

Michael Gableman stands in front of an image of a law library.
Michael Gableman stands in front of an image of a law library.

Politics

Gableman Extends Messaging Effort in New Video as Subpoena Plans Remain Unclear

What's next for local officials from five Wisconsin cities in a Republican probe into the state's 2020 vote is uncertain, even as the former state Supreme Court Justice leading it raises the rhetorical stakes in a second video message.

October 11, 2021

Two people wear medical gowns, gloves, masks and goggles as they prepare to enter a room inside a hallway filled with medical equipment
Two people wear medical gowns, gloves, masks and goggles as they prepare to enter a room inside a hallway filled with medical equipment

Coronavirus

Wisconsin’s Covid Condition: Delta Maintains Its Grip as Hospitalizations Remain High

While a wave caused by a coronavirus variant is waning in other parts of the U.S., new cases and hospitalizations are hanging at higher levels in the state as the total death toll passes 8,000.

October 8, 2021

Four children stand on a concrete culvert mouth with a metal grille covered with plastic garbage on the edge of a creek.
Four children stand on a concrete culvert mouth with a metal grille covered with plastic garbage on the edge of a creek.

Environment

‘Something Has to Be Done’: Life Along Madison’s Starkweather Creek, One of Wisconsin’s Most Polluted Waterways

Among the contaminants of concern in a creek draining the east side of Madison is PFAS, a hazardous chemicals that's being flagged in locations across Wisconsin.

October 7, 2021 • South Central Region

A trailer-style bus with signage stating Milwaukee Justice Center Mobile Legal Clinic is parked in front of a building.
A trailer-style bus with signage stating Milwaukee Justice Center Mobile Legal Clinic is parked in front of a building.

Policy

Wisconsin Turns Back Toward an Active Pardon Policy

In less than three years, Gov. Tony Evers has granted more pardons than the previous three governors combined, and an updated policy will open the door to more applications from people with certain felony convictions to seek a new start.

October 4, 2021