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Testing

Wisconsin public universities get $32 million for testing as fall semester decisions take shape

BY: - August 6, 2020

Wisconsin’s colleges and universities are preparing to bring students back to campus next month after ending the spring semester virtually due to COVID-19, but UW-Madison is the only public school with the in-house ability to administer COVID tests for large numbers of students on campus.  On Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers announced the state will send […]

Concert venue

Show halls seek financial aid in next COVID-19 relief from Congress

BY: - August 5, 2020

After going dark in the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic and anticipating no more public performances for the rest of 2020, independent concert venues mobilized this week to get public backing for federal legislation to rescue them financially. In Wisconsin, 72 independent venues have signed on to the effort, ranging from the Pabst and […]

National Guard poll worker

Wisconsin National Guard mobilized again to help with Aug. 11 election

BY: - August 5, 2020

With the state in search of as many as 900 poll workers, Wisconsin National Guard members will be deployed to assist with the partisan primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 11, Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday. The number of Guard members to be deployed to support the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) hasn’t been determined. The mobilization […]

invasive species of grass

New species of invasive grass found by botanists in Wisconsin

BY: - August 5, 2020

Botanists working with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have identified a new species of invasive grass in Wisconsin. Research is ongoing to determine whether the plants found are actually Japanese stilt grass (Microstegium vimineum), or if it’s simply a look alike. Thus far, the plants are contained in the Coulee Experimental State Forest in […]

Justice Shirley Abrahamson Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society

Welcome to the ‘Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson Reading Room’

BY: - August 4, 2020

On Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Historical Society jointly honored the career and service of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who was the first woman on the state’s high court. She was also the longest serving justice in Wisconsin history from her appointment in 1976 to her retirement in 2019 after she […]

Baldwin jobs bill gets endorsements from state workforce development groups

BY: - August 4, 2020

A U.S. Senate bill to create a long-term program of subsidized jobs for people put out of work by the COVID-19 pandemic has gained support from Milwaukee’s mayor and a collection of Wisconsin social welfare and workforce development organizations. “Millions of Americans are unemployed and struggling to make ends meet, so we need a bold, […]

Voters wait in line at Washington High School (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

CDC report: Voting in Milwaukee fell April 7, but COVID-19 cases didn’t rise

BY: - August 3, 2020

The April 7 election doesn’t appear to have sparked a surge in COVID-19 infections in Milwaukee, according to a new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — but it also saw overall voter participation cut nearly in half and close to an 80% drop in in-person voting in the city […]

HealthScope: Waisman Biomanufacturing staff use a microscope to evaluate cell growth. The UW–Madison biopharmaceutical contract manufacturer is partnering with Heat Biologics to produce a COVID-19 vaccine for phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials. Credit: Todd Brown, Media Solutions, UW School of Medicine and Public

UW-Madison may be trial site for COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - August 3, 2020

A new partnership could make the UW-Madison a trial location to test a COVID-19 vaccine targeting those most vulnerable to the virus — including the elderly and people with weak immune systems. The plan was announced Monday morning by the UW-Madison’s Waisman Biomanufacturing and Heat Biologics. The group’s mission is to advance new vaccines and […]

A surgical mask and an N95 mask hang on display for sale at a pharmacy. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Battle lines harden over governor’s new health emergency, mask order

BY: - July 31, 2020

On the day before Gov. Tony Evers’ mandatory mask rule takes effect, reaction swiftly hardened Friday along predictable lines. More Republicans lined up to condemn the governor’s new health emergency declaration and the accompanying mask order, announced Thursday to curb the state’s renewed surge of COVID-19, which takes effect Saturday, August 1. Senate Majority Leader […]

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Incidental take notice issued for endangered Queensnake in Racine

BY: - July 29, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued an incidental take notice for an endangered snake species in Racine. Workers are currently replacing existing historic structures on a bridge, as well as upgrading the roadways. Incidental take refers to the unintentional taking, or loss of individual animals or plants which are classified as  endangered or […]

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New synthetic opioid “iso” hitting Wisconsin communities

BY: - July 29, 2020

A new synthetic opioid has arrived on the streets of Milwaukee County and health officials say is as powerful as fentanyl. Isotonitazene, nicknamed  “iso,” is a synthetic version of etonitazene, an opioid that was first reported in 1957. Despite it’s highly addictive qualities, and long history, the drug is not yet on the Drug Enforcement […]

Sen. Chris Larson with mask

Sen. Larson launches petition drive for state mask mandate

BY: - July 28, 2020

A Milwaukee state senator’s petition for a statewide mask mandate has garnered  more than 8,000 signatures — and a torrent of abuse on social media. Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) is spreading word of the petition on his official Facebook page. The petition, in the form of a letter addressed to Gov. Tony Evers, the state […]