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DNR monitoring cleanup of JCI/Tyco contaminated water spill

BY: - July 28, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that it’s monitoring the clean-up of an accidental release of contaminated ground water into storm drains, which flow back to the Menominee River. The contaminated water, which was mixed with river water, came from Johnson Controls/Tyco facility at Stanton Street, in Marinette. The incident was first reported […]

Guard continues COVID-19 test assistance; federal support in limbo

BY: - July 28, 2020

While the Wisconsin National Guard continues to aid with testing state residents for the virus responsible for COVID-19, officials in Wisconsin and other states are urging the federal government to extend funding for the testing deployment through the end of the year. National Guard members are collecting specimens this week at locations in 15 Wisconsin […]

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, was the youngest and last surviving member of the Big Six civil rights activists who led the fight to end legalized segregation and overturn Jim Crow laws. He was arrested dozens of times and also beaten as a Freedom Rider. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. Tammy Baldwin and colleagues introduce the John Lewis Voting Rights Act

BY: - July 28, 2020

If anything drove home the need to bring back the Voting Rights Act, it was the coverage of the life work of Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon who passed away on July 17 after a battle with cancer. That is according to bipartisan senators who introduced a bill to restore the Voting Rights […]

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Small farms get most of first round of COVID-19 aid; 2nd round planned

BY: - July 27, 2020

Nearly 12,000 Wisconsin farmers shared in the first round of aid from a special state program to support farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials said Monday. So far $41.6 million has been distributed to 11,884 farms from the $50 million program, funded from the state’s allotment under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relieve and […]

The summer of Glenn Grothman continues with request for conspiracy theorist to speak to Congress

BY: - July 27, 2020

This summer, U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothmann has espoused the benefits of vitamin D as a treatment against COVID-19; suggested Wisconsin schools — which have the widest achievement gap between Black and white students in the nation — don’t have problems with racial inequities; invoked the name of a far-right martyr on the House floor; had […]

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Karofsky to be sworn in during 100-mile run

BY: - July 27, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice-elect Jill Karofsky is set to be sworn into office Saturday 35 miles into a 100 mile ultramarathon.  Karofsky will start her run at 6 a.m. and seven hours later will arrive at an outdoor, socially distanced swearing in ceremony with Justice Rebecca Dallet, former Gov. Jim Doyle and Lt. Gov. Mandela […]

PSC halts plan to let power companies disconnect customers behind on their bills

BY: - July 24, 2020

A month and a half after announcing it would let utility companies go back to cutting off service to people behind on their bills starting this weekend, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 2-1 Thursday to reverse that decision. Instead, the PSC extended a moratorium on disconnections that was first imposed March 24 until […]

Department Of Corrections Secretary Kevin Carr (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

DOC completes investigation into escape at Columbia Correctional Institution

BY: - July 24, 2020

On July 16, the Department of Corrections (DOC) announced that its Office of Internal Affairs had completed 13 personnel investigations involving several staff. The investigations came in the wake of an escape incident in April at Columbia Correctional Institution (CCI) in Portage, Wisconsin. As a result of the investigation, seven staff members were terminated, and […]

Gov. Tony Evers with mask

Evers ‘considering’ state mask order, but wary that Supreme Court would undermine it

BY: - July 24, 2020

Once again imploring Wisconsin to return to the restraint it showed during the Safer at Home order in late March through early May, Gov. Tony Evers stressed Thursday the importance of wearing face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and said he’d like to be able to institute a statewide mask order. A statewide […]

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Gov. Evers announces $46.6 million for schools

BY: - July 23, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers announced on Thursday that 155 local education agencies are eligible to apply for $46.6 million in federal funds Wisconsin received through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund), established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “It’s vital to ensure the schools across Wisconsin that are most significantly […]

Justice Department sending federal agents to Milwaukee in crackdown on Democrat-run cities

BY: - July 23, 2020

Federal agents will be deployed to Milwaukee and several other midwestern cities run by Democrats in the coming weeks, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday. The move is an escalation of occasionally violent federal intervention in cities that have seen large protests for racial justice.  Trump announced that as part of “Operation Legend” agents from the […]

A screen shot of Joseph Mensah's Go Fund Me page. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa Officer’s Go Fund Me shows large donations from local police organizations

BY: - July 22, 2020

A Go Fund Me page has been established by the brother of a Wauwatosa police officer at the center of recent protests by citizens demanding he be fired after shooting three young African American residents in five years. Established nearly a week ago, the page has raised more than $44,000 toward a goal of $50,000. […]