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

Julie Willems Van Dijk

As teachers get ready for their turn for vaccine, DHS hopes to see supply...

As Wisconsin gets ready to give COVID-19 vaccinations to teachers and other educators, state health officials caution that it could take two months to...
US Flag on the field held by National Guard at at Lambeau Field

Wisconsin state senator introduces bill requiring national anthem be played before sporting events

Wisconsin state Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) proposed a bill on Wednesday that would require the national anthem be played before sporting events taking...

Evers signs bill to launch UI overhaul, protect business from COVID-19 lawsuits

Gov. Tony Evers signed legislation Thursday to start an overhaul of the state’s unemployment compensation computer system. The same bill includes language that grants...
Protesters gather to march on Mayor Tom Barrett's house, to demand a freeze on evictions. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Evers announces $322 million rent assistance program

Gov. Tony Evers announced Wisconsin had received $322 million in funding to create an emergency rental assistance program. The program will help Wisconsinites pay...
one million dollars in cash in piles of five thousand bills

Legislative campaign committees, Dem party accept excessive contributions

Three legislative campaign committees and the state Democratic Party accepted excessive corporate and political action committee (PAC) contributions in 2020. State campaign finance law...
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Baldwin legislation would guarantee VA coverage for illness from toxic military base

Legislation introduced Thursday would require the Veterans Administration to assume responsibility for treating U.S. service members who became ill after being exposed to cancer-causing...
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Wisconsin parties and campaign committees got $1.6M from corporations in 2020

The state Democratic and Republican parties and four legislative fundraising committees accepted $1.6 million in corporate contributions in 2020, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign preliminary...
Palmyra-Eagle sports fields (photo by Ruth Conniff)

Senate education committee debates sports eligibility

Debates over virtual education and charter schools resurfaced during a meeting Tuesday of the Senate Education Committee as the committee heard testimony on a...
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At least 82 wolves dead as wolf hunting season wraps up

Wisconsin’s wolf hunts will end on Feb. 24, two days after the season began on Feb. 22. In less than 24 hours, Wisconsin hunters...
Former (and possibly future) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack moderates a panel of former Secretaries of Agriculture at the 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum, “Moving Agriculture Forward” in Arlington, VA on Feb. 23, 2012.

U.S. Senate confirms Vilsack for a second stint as Agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON—The Senate on Tuesday in a 92-7 vote confirmed former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a second...
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