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July 20, 2020

State Law Allows Suspended Officers To Remain On Payroll, Often For Years

A Milwaukee Police Department squad car.
Across Wisconsin, police and fire fighters are suspended for months, sometimes years, and still collect a salary from taxpayers.  Read more »

State's 5 Largest Teachers Unions Call For Online School

Keith Bucks works at home remotely during an online class assignment from his first grade class
Teachers unions for Wisconsin’s five largest school districts are asking Gov. Tony Evers and the state’s top health and education officials to keep schools closed at the start of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more »

Wisconsin Home Sales Show Some Signs Of Improvement In June

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dampen Wisconsin home sales. But sales activity has increased as health officials have lifted restrictions. Read more »

Progressive Groups, Madison's Mayor Ask Regulators To Extend Moratorium On Utility Shutoffs

 Watt-hour meters track electricity used by residents of an apartment building.
Progressive groups and Madison's mayor are asking state regulators to extend a moratorium on utility shutoffs through next April. The moratorium is set to end on July 25.  Read more »

New Medical School Grant Aims To Recruit Hmong Applicants, Rural Students

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A new recruiting program at the Medical College of Wisconsin's Wausau campus will seek to diversify the successful applicants to the school.  Read more »

Research On Personalized Medicine May Help COVID-19 Treatments


A nationwide research project to advance personalized medicine could end up playing a role in the development of COVID-19 treatments, the project's leaders in Wisconsin say, and even address racial disparities in outcomes among coronavirus patients. Read more »

Red Cliff Tribe Declares State Of Emergency

A sign entering the Red Cliff reservation
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa declared a state of emergency on Sunday following damage from severe storms on Saturday.  Read more »

DHS: 830 New COVID-19 Cases As Seven-Day Average Hits Highest-Ever Mark

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There were 830 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Sunday, according to the state Department of Health Services. The seven-day average was at an all-time high as cases increased in the state. Read more »

State Democrats Hope To Prevent Veto-Proof GOP Majority With Fundraising Haul


Wisconsin Democrats reported $10 million of fundraising between March and June, the biggest quarterly influx of cash the party has ever seen. We find out about the races in the state legislature that are likely to see spending. We also look at new pardons issued by Governor Evers this week. Read more »

State Democrats Hope To Prevent Veto-Proof GOP Majority With Fundraising Haul


Wisconsin Democrats reported $10 million of fundraising between March and June, the biggest quarterly influx of cash the party has ever seen. We find out about the races in the state legislature that are likely to see spending. We also look at new pardons issued by Governor Evers this week. Read more »
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