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February 5, 2020

Wisconsin Resident Who Traveled To China Is State's First Confirmed Coronavirus Case

Coronavirus
A Wisconsin resident who traveled to China contracted coronavirus, state officials confirmed Wednesday. Read more »

National Signing Day 2020: Badgers Football Update

Wisconsin fans celebrate during night game at Camp Randall Stadium
College football season is months away, but the Wisconsin Badgers are still making headlines. In December, 19 scholarship recruits signed their national letters of intent to play in Madison. Here's a rundown of what's happening with the team. Read more »

Phonics Gains Traction As State Education Authority Takes Stand On Reading Instruction

In this Sept. 8 2015, file photo, kindergarten students listen to teacher Amy Holland read
Phonics was endorsed by state schools Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor during the 2020 Wisconsin State Education Convention in Milwaukee. Stanford Taylor said reading outcomes are "not where we want them to be," and that DPI will make efforts to support schools in delivering phonics-based materials. Read more »

UW-Eau Claire Diversity Task Force Makes Recommendations Following Racist Incidents

UW-Eau Claire sign
An equity, diversity and inclusion task force at UW-Eau Claire has come up with a list of recommendations to improve racial tolerance on campus and better respond to incidents of hate. The recommendations follow two high-profile racist incidents in late 2019.  Read more »

Vos, Assembly Republicans To Introduce New Agriculture Tax Credits, Export Incentives

Robin Vos
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Tuesday that GOP lawmakers will to introduce their own package of bills to help farmers, an announcement that comes less than two weeks after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called for a special session to deal with the dairy crisis. Read more »

Bill On Testing Sexual Assault Kits Divides Wisconsin Lawmakers

sexual assault kit being tested
The battle over how to prevent a future backlog of untested sexual assault kits started off as a bipartisan effort, but it has since taken a turn. Read more »

Coronavirus Outbreak Takes A Toll On Recovering Milk Prices

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Wisconsin dairy farmers saw milk futures fall as the growing coronavirus outbreak creates trade uncertainty. Read more »

Leaders Of Milwaukee 2020 DNC Host Committee Fired Over Allegations Of Toxic Work Environment

Milwaukee
The two leaders of Milwaukee's host committee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention have been fired amid allegations that they oversaw a toxic work environment.  Read more »
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