Madison Area Technical College sign on stone wall with blue sky and clouds in background

Education

Technical Colleges in Madison, Milwaukee Deploy Aid to Erase Debt, Boost Enrollment

About $10 million in federal assistance is being deployed to help upwards of 13,000 students at two Wisconsin technical colleges cover unpaid tuition, fees and fines to be able to reenroll in classes.

August 2, 2021

A window reads Face coverins recommended unless you're fully vaccinated for COVID-19 — Face coverings are still required where mandated by state or local regulations.
A window reads Face coverins recommended unless you're fully vaccinated for COVID-19 — Face coverings are still required where mandated by state or local regulations.

Coronavirus

Wisconsin’s COVID Condition: CDC Calls for Universal Masking in Schools, Hotspots as Delta Variant Fuels Spike in Cases

New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising quickly in Wisconsin as recently gathered data about the Delta variant prompts anxiety among public health officials while school districts and universities consider safety measures.

July 30, 2021

Narcan kit with medication, gloves and other supplies in bag on table
Narcan kit with medication, gloves and other supplies in bag on table

WisContext

Overdose Deaths in Wisconsin Soared in 2020 as Pandemic Intensified Opioid Crisis

While fatalities caused by overdoses of opioids and other drugs have been growing for years in the state, numbers surged in 2020 as the coronavirus struck and disrupted social services, prompting emergency response agencies to pursue more harm reduction strategies.

July 29, 2021

House in Milwaukee with boarded windows
House in Milwaukee with boarded windows

Economy

Milwaukee’s Pandemic Aid Plan Seeks to Address Persistent Urban Woes

City leaders are proposing priorities for spending a historic infusion of federal support that they hope will improve racial equity in Wisconsin's largest and most diverse city.

July 27, 2021 • Southeast Region

James Rudd standing in front of building with marble panels and AT&T logo
James Rudd standing in front of building with marble panels and AT&T logo

Economy

Set at $7.25 Since 2009, Raising Wisconsin’s Minimum Wage Would Cut Poverty

Thousands of residents in Wisconsin — many of them people of color — would see a higher standard of living if politicians raised the long-stalled minimum wage.

July 26, 2021

A yard sign next to bushes reads Schedule your free COVID-19 vaccine today with a Walgreens URL.
A yard sign next to bushes reads Schedule your free COVID-19 vaccine today with a Walgreens URL.

Coronavirus

Wisconsin’s COVID Condition: Variants Fuel Rise in Cases, Hospitalizations as Half of State Remains Unvaccinated

State health officials pushed vaccines for eligible kids before school starts and expressed concern about the massive crowds that gathered to celebrate the Milwaukee Bucks' championship amid rapid spread of the Delta variant.

July 23, 2021

Entrance to building with a sidewalk cafe
Entrance to building with a sidewalk cafe

Economy

Northeast Wisconsin Businesses Hard-Pressed for Workers in the Pandemic

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 • Northeast Region

Christopher Kartsounes sitting on a bed in his room at an inn in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Christopher Kartsounes sitting on a bed in his room at an inn in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Policy

‘Why Do You Keep Harassing Me?’: An Outagamie County Judge Controls Defendants After Sentencing

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 • Northeast Region

A sign for Lakeland STAR School/Academy on an exterior brick wall
A sign for Lakeland STAR School/Academy on an exterior brick wall

Education

Republicans Voted To Give This Minocqua School Extra Funding, But Evers Said No

Why are Republicans in the Legislature repeatedly adding a budget line for Lakeland STAR, a charter school focusing on children with autism, and why is the governor repeatedly cutting this funding even as he advocates more state support for public education?

July 19, 2021 • Northern Region

A For Rent sign in front the porch and entrance to a house
A For Rent sign in front the porch and entrance to a house

Economy

Long Waits for Federal Rental Aid Leave Milwaukee-Area Residents Fearing Eviction

Some renters say they waited months to find out whether they qualified for thousands of dollars in emergency help to pay past-due rent. Some are still waiting.

July 16, 2021 • Southeast Region