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Evers urges finance committee to release $125 million earmarked for PFAS

BY: - February 27, 2024

Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday asked the Legislature’s Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee to release $125 million set aside for the remediation of PFAS contamination in the state budget last summer.  The funds have sat unused for months because the budget set aside the money but did not include a mechanism to spend it. PFAS are […]

Hannah Miles, right, and her husband, Ricky, are in the middle of IVF treatment in Birmingham, Alabama. (Courtesy of Hannah Miles)

IVF patient vows to fight for access to treatment in Alabama following court ruling

BY: - February 27, 2024

Birmingham resident Hannah Miles has been trying to have a baby for more than three years, fighting obstacles like endometriosis, diminished ovarian reserve and cancer treatment that affected her husband’s sperm. The couple is already nearly $40,000 into the in vitro fertilization process after one failed transfer into her uterus in January. Their last embryo […]

Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth speaks during a press conference on IVF inside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. Also pictured from left are Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Washington state Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

U.S. Senate Dems to try to push through legislation protecting in vitro fertilization

BY: - February 27, 2024

WASHINGTON — A group of Democrats will attempt to pass a bill in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday protecting access to in vitro fertilization, saying its availability should not be restricted. Their push to quickly approve the health care legislation comes shortly after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that fertilized eggs are […]

Conservation group warns of effects of wake boats on Wisconsin lakes

BY: - February 27, 2024

In a forthcoming report, a conservation group warns that the use of wake boats on the state’s lakes can pose harmful risks to aquatic plants and animals, increase erosion and transfer invasive species.  The report, released by Wisconsin Green Fire, is a review of the literature studying the effect that wake boats have on bodies […]

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Privacy advocates respond to leaked data of ShotSpotter gunshot detection

BY: - February 27, 2024

Privacy advocates say a leak of data revealing the locations of ShotSpotter sensors — used by law enforcement to detect and locate gunshots — should support arguments for cities to reconsider their use of such technologies. Information from the leaked data appeared in a report by WIRED, exposing for the first time the locations of […]

Pharmaceutical sciences professor Chris Adkins, who has questioned the accuracy and data used in a 2021 study authored by anti-abortion doctors about the key abortion drug mifepristone, says U.S.-based academic publisher Sage Publishing is reviewing the paper. (Courtesy Chris Adkins)

Retracted studies the latest in a decadeslong abortion-science fight

BY: - February 27, 2024

Chris Adkins is worried. The Georgia pharmaceutical sciences professor who sparked an investigation into scientific studies that led to recent news-making retractions is worried about the “appropriate legal action” researchers have vaguely told media outlets they’re pursuing. But even more than being sued, Adkins is worried it might be too late to correct the scientific […]

Migrants cross the U.S. Mexico border after obtaining appointments to enter the U.S. legally in May 2023.

Biden and Trump both heading to the southern border on Thursday

BY: - February 26, 2024

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will visit the southern border in Texas on Thursday, according to a White House official, the same day as the GOP presidential front-runner, Donald Trump. Their visits are a sign of the importance the immigration issue has assumed in what’s expected to be a 2024 rematch in November between Biden […]

Members of the Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union (MATU) join other Milwaukee residents in a protest calling for a freeze to rents and evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee landlord Berrada drops lawsuit against tenants union

BY: - February 26, 2024

A lawsuit filed against the Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union (MATU), a local network of housing activists, by one of Milwaukee’s largest landlords, Berrada Properties, has been dropped. On Saturday, the tenants union celebrated the dismissal of the lawsuit, which revolved around claims made and issues raised publicly by MATU organizers. The tenants union organizers have […]

UW Tribal Tuition Promise divides Native communities over use of enrollment for eligibility

BY: - February 26, 2024

UW-Madison freshman Arianna Reiter is part Stockbridge-Munsee and part Menominee Native American. She grew up on the Stockbridge-Munsee reservation and later attended the Indian Community School in Milwaukee.  But despite her identity as a Native American, she’s 1/16th short of being eligible for enrollment in the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe, which means she is ineligible for UW-Madison’s […]

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Assembly amendment sends EV charging station bill back to Senate

BY: - February 26, 2024

Legislation that will open the door to more electric vehicle charging stations in Wisconsin passed the Assembly after being amended last week, sending it back to the state Senate before it can go to the governor’s desk. If the Senate gives its final OK and SB-791 is signed by Gov. Tony Evers, it will allow […]

Fearing that Democrats hold a crucial edge in ballots cast before Election Day, national Republicans are working to convince their voters to take advantage of mail and early voting this year. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

GOP backs voting by mail, yet turns to courts to restrict it in battleground states

BY: - February 25, 2024

Fearing that Democrats hold a crucial edge in ballots cast before Election Day, national Republicans are working to convince their voters to take advantage of mail and early voting this year. “We can’t play catch up. We can’t start from behind. We can’t let Dems get a big head start and think we’re going to […]

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Trump comes out against Alabama IVF ruling as national Republicans scramble for distance

BY: - February 23, 2024

Former President Donald Trump called on Alabama lawmakers Friday to “find an immediate solution” to remedy a state Supreme Court ruling that threatened the availability of in vitro fertilization, and national Republicans running for Congress sought to distance themselves from the Alabama decision as well. In a post to his social media site, Truth Social, […]