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Daily news briefs about the people and policies that shape our lives in Wisconsin.

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

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...
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Incidental take notice issued for endangered Queensnake in Racine

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued an incidental take notice for an endangered snake species in Racine. Workers are currently replacing existing...
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New synthetic opioid “iso” hitting Wisconsin communities

A new synthetic opioid has arrived on the streets of Milwaukee County and health officials say is as powerful as fentanyl. Isotonitazene, nicknamed  “iso,”...
Sen. Chris Larson with mask

Sen. Larson launches petition drive for state mask mandate

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...
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DNR monitoring cleanup of JCI/Tyco contaminated water spill

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,...

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

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...
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

If anything drove home the need to bring back the Voting Rights Act, it was the coverage of the life work of Congressman John...
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Small farms get most of first round of COVID-19 aid; 2nd round planned

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,...

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

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...
Judge Jill Karofsky (via Jill for Justice)

Karofsky to be sworn in during 100-mile run

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...
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