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September 15, 2020

Under Threat From High Water, Great Lakes Cities, Property Owners Strive To Become More Resilient

High Lake Levels Erode Away Couple's Lakefront Property
Record-setting water levels on the Great Lakes have caused erosion and flooding that's cost shoreline communities an estimated $500 million in damage. Many lakefront landowners and local governments are now examining ways to make their properties more resilient. Read more »

Wisconsin COVID-19 Cases Up Again On Tuesday, With 1,348 New Positive Tests Reported

a woman in a face shield holds a swab as she speaks to someone through their car window
There were 1,348 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 10 new deaths from the virus, including the first death in Menominee County. Read more »

UW Campuses Still Ramping Up COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Of Dorm Residents

Test swabs and specimen tubes sit on a table at a COVID-19 testing site
Some UW System campuses say they're still working to ramp up mandatory surveillance testing of students living in university residence halls, though for most students classes started nearly two weeks ago.  Read more »

Hazy Skies May Linger In Wisconsin Thanks To Wildfire Smoke

A hazy view of Magnolia Bluff County Park in Evansville.
Hazy skies may continue in parts of Wisconsin this week, as smoke from western wildfires continues to move over the state.  Read more »

Diversity Discussion In Hudson Moves Forward Despite Online Threat To 'Bring Your AR-15s'

A gateway stands at the entrance of a river walkway in downtown Hudson.
Organizers of a listening session about diversity and law enforcement worried for the safety of their speakers following a comment advising people to "bring your AR-15s and get rid of these communist Punk a---s." But organizers pledged to move forward with the outdoor, privately organized event at a city park. Read more »

'Do Not Eat' Advisory Issued For Deer Liver Due To PFAS Contamination

Hunter in woods during hunting season
So-called forever chemicals found in nonstick cookware and firefighting foam have been detected in deer near the Tyco Fire Technology Center in Marinette.  Read more »

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Green Party Effort To Get On Presidential Ballot

Election workers Jeff and Lori Lutzka, right, process absentee ballots
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has rejected a bid by the Green Party presidential candidate to be added to the state's November ballot. The ruling clears the way for clerks to resume mailing absentee ballots to more than 1 million voters who have requested them. Read more »

Most Public Water Supplies In Wisconsin Meet Standards, But Safe Drinking Water Eludes Some

A glass of water
A recent report finds the vast majority of public water supplies are meeting standards for safe drinking water. But lawmakers and environmental advocates say more needs to be done to protect Wisconsin's drinking water.  Read more »

Suicide Rate In Wisconsin Increased 40 Percent From 2000 To 2017

Suicides have increased 40 percent between 2000 and 2017 in Wisconsin. A new report from the state Department of Health Services and other partners looks to provide a road map for responding to the increase. Read more »
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