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Legalize fentanyl testing strips, says Milwaukee County official

Milwaukee County Supv. Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is calling on the state of Wisconsin to legalize fentanyl testing strips. The strips would allow law enforcement, emergency...
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States with low vaccination rates hit worst in new surge of COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other...
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COVID-19 cases on the rise again amid concerns about vaccine misinformation

Positive tests for COVID-19 are continuing to increase, according to the latest data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). And while vaccinations...
Highway construction is expected to be a big part of any federal infrastructure bill. Shown is Interstate Highway 235 in Des Moines. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

U.S. Senate Republicans block advance of bipartisan infrastructure plan, but talks continue

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats’ attempt to start debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan was blocked by Republicans on a party-line vote Wednesday, as...
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Second-term Milwaukee alderwoman jumps into U.S. Senate race

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has not said if he’s likely to run for reelection after saying his current term would be his last...

‘Fight for $15’ demonstration, janitor contract talks kick-off coincide in Milwaukee

Two union campaigns converged on Milwaukee Tuesday with a common goal: $15 an hour minimum wage. A McDonald’s restaurant on the city’s Northwest Side was...
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State’s struggling timber industry to get pandemic relief money

Wisconsin loggers and timber haulers could share in a federal pandemic relief fund of up to $200 million that was announced by the U.S....
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes addresses the approximately 165 members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters, during an Oct. 2019 sendoff ceremony at Volk Field, Wis. Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs photo by Vaughn R. Larson CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Barnes joins 2022 race for U.S. Senate

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, 34, announced Tuesday morning he is running for U.S. Senate for the seat held by Republican Ron Johnson in an...
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Madison is the 5th most educated city in America — but with a gap  

Madison came in fifth place out of the largest 150 metropolitan areas in WalletHub’s 2021 statistics ranking the most educated cities in the country,...

Health officials link salmonella outbreak to packaged greens

An outbreak of salmonella traced to pre-packaged salad from a producer in Illinois has sickened four people in Wisconsin and five in Illinois, state...
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