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July 28, 2020

As Presidential Candidates Make Their Pitch To America's Dairyland, Farmers Divided On Whether Trump Has Helped Ag

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While many Wisconsin farmers remain supportive of President Donald Trump, Democrats are hoping to capitalize on frustration in the ag community over the president's trade policies as the 2020 election approaches. Read more »

Wausau Schools Will Start With Virtual Classes As Districts Around State Face Hard Choices

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Students in the Wausau School District will start the school year with all-virtual schooling. It's the first district outside of the state's largest metro areas to forgo in-person classes in the fall due to COVID-19. Read more »

'It Is Insanity': Petition Calls For Tighter COVID-19 Rules On Dane County Businesses, Gatherings

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A Dane County parent and health researcher has spearheaded an effort to tighten up local COVID-19 restrictions in the hopes K-12 schools could hold in-person classes by November. Read more »

$2M Gift Aimed At Improving UW Online Classes Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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The University of Wisconsin System says a $2 million donation will be used to improve online courses this fall as state universities move more classes online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go toward faculty professional development and purchasing laptops, tablets and Wi-Fi hotspots for students who don't have access to the technology.  Read more »

As Other States Mandate Masks, Wisconsin's Path Remains Unclear

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Other state governors in the Midwest have enacted mask mandates. Whether Gov. Tony Evers could do so, however, is a complicated question after the Supreme Court struck down a stay-at-home order his administration had issued. Read more »

Milwaukee County DA: Federal Agents Will Be Investigators Not Agitators

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Federal agents have been in Milwaukee since September. More are expected to arrive in coming weeks to help combat the rising crime rate.  Read more »

Wisconsin Nursing Homes Receive Faulty PPE From FEMA, Face Shortages

As the number of coronavirus cases in Wisconsin continues to grow, nursing homes across the state say they’re struggling to get the personal protective equipment they need. Read more »

DHS: 590 New COVID-19 Cases

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New reports of COVID-19 cases are averaging more than 900 cases per day in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the state’s Department of Health Services. DHS reported 590 new cases of the virus on Monday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 914 daily cases. Read more »
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