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April 5, 2021

'We're Not Given The Option To Get Vaccinated': Advocates Work To Narrow Racial, Ethnic Disparities In Wisconsin

Two people walk on a sidewalk wearing face masks and holding plastic bags.
The barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations in each community vary, but the solutions illustrate common themes, including the power of partnerships, deep listening and meeting people where they are. The diverse experiences offer lessons for tackling disparities across. Read more »

School Leaders: Masks Are Here To Stay At Least Through The End Of School Year

A student walks on the right side of a hallway to avoid contact with other students
Wisconsin school districts generally wrote their own mask requirements into school policy while drafting reopening plans, and many say they'll continue to mandate face coverings through the end of the year even though the statewide mandate was struck down.  Read more »

State, Tribal Agencies Warn Against Harassing Tribal Spearfishers As Spring Harvest Begins

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An incident involving gunfire near tribal spearfishers last year is prompting tribal and state officials to send a warning that harassment won’t be tolerated during this spring’s tribal spearfishing season. Read more »

Logging Truck Proposal Would Make Roads Safer And Decrease Emissions, Advocates Say

Logging truck in Maine
The drivers of logging trucks have to navigate school zones, tight intersections and small-town traffic because federal law prohibits them from driving on interstate highways. A new bill from a Wisconsin congressman would change that. Read more »

Without COVID-19 Emergency Order, Wisconsin Could Lose $50M In Food Assistance Each Month

A cashier works behind a plexiglass shield at a Super H Mart grocery store
Discussions are underway in Madison to prevent the loss of around $50 million in monthly federal food assistance to Wisconsin residents after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' COVID-19 emergency order on March 31.  Read more »

20 Percent Of State Population Is Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

A sign says "COVID-19 Test Walk Up Line"
There were 584 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin Sunday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were no new deaths. Read more »

Weekend Roundup: Amazon Apologizes To Pocan For 'Own-Goal' Tweet

Mark Pocan
A rundown of relevant and interesting reads from across the state, updated every Saturday.  Read more »

Psychedelics As Therapeutic Treatments To Be Focus Of New UW-Madison Master's Program

Psilocybin mushrooms are seen in a grow room
A new master's degree program starting this fall at UW-Madison will prepare students for careers studying the therapeutic effects of psychoactive drugs to treat mental illnesses such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorders. Read more »

Milwaukee Native Helps Perseverance Rover Capture Images Of Mars

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February 18 — the day NASA’s Perseverance Rover landed on Mars — was an emotional rollercoaster of a day for Darian Dixon. Read more »
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