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October 8, 2020

Federal Court Blocks Extension Of Wisconsin Absentee Ballot Deadline

A man places a ballot in a yellow envelope into a green drop off box that resembles a public mail box.
A federal appeals court has blocked a decision to extend by six days the deadline for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin. Read more »

Madison, Milwaukee Choose Local Pandemic Health Restrictions Over State's

Wisconsin’s two largest cities will continue to enforce existing local health orders designed to curb what Gov. Evers described as an "uncontrolled" rise in COVID-19 cases. Read more »

'I Couldn't Risk It': Wisconsin Voting Laws Worry Those Vulnerable To COVID-19

A couple stands in front of their home as golden evening light shines on them
Wisconsin has made great strides since the April election, but some worry the challenges they faced in the spring could keep them from voting in November. Read more »

No Fans For Badgers, Packers As Wisconsin Remains COVID-19 Hot Spot

Camp Randall Stadium
The Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers both shared updates to their fan policies this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Packers are sticking with their no-fan policy indefinitely, while the Badgers are walking back plans to allow family members to attend games.  Read more »

Wisconsin Officials Confirm First Coronavirus Deaths In State's Mink Industry

A mink -- a dark-furred, long-bodied mammal -- stands on some rocks.
The virus has killed thousands of mink in Utah and in European countries since April. Read more »

2 Wisconsin Prisoners Die After Contracting COVID-19

Wisconsin Department of Corrections
A medical examiner has confirmed at least two inmates of a Wisconsin prison have died after contracting the coronavirus. Read more »

Critics Of Wausau Schools Plan Say Hmong Community Was Excluded

Grant Elementary School in Wausau
Members of Wausau's Hmong community say a proposed school referendum in Wausau was created without enough input from neighborhoods where people of color live. They're asking residents to vote against the plan, which school leaders say would modernize school infrastructure and improve pupil services. Read more »

BNSF Railway Scaled Back Payments For Cleaning Dust Off Superior Homes. Officials Want Them To Reconsider

Taconite Dust Covers Home Nearby BNSF Facility
City and state officials are urging a railway company to resume paying all claims from Superior homeowners seeking reimbursement for cleanup of taconite dust. BNSF Railway began denying payments in July after nearly 50 years.  Read more »
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