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July 21, 2020

EPA Signs Off On Standards To Reduce Phosphorus Pollution In The Wisconsin River Basin

Petenwell Lake
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved site-specific criteria to reduce phosphorus pollution in several lakes within the Wisconsin River basin, a move that would impact more than 100 municipal and industrial facilities. Read more »

Milwaukee Police Chief Gets New Directives From Oversight Board, But Keeps His Job

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales will face new directives after a special meeting of the city's Fire and Police Commission. The city's police union says Morales should 'stand up' to the Commission. Read more »

Outbreak Wisconsin: ‘Conflict Of Emotions’

Mariah Clark sits on her porch with her partner
Mariah Clark is no stranger to dealing with COVID-19 in her work as an emergency department nurse at UW Health in Madison. As the coronavirus pandemic enters its fifth month, the virus as of July 16 claimed more than 130,000 lives in the United States, including more than 846 in Wisconsin. The virus unexpectedly touched Clark’s personal life in late June.  Read more »

Board OKs Restoring Capitol Statues, Launching Money Drive


The board that approves repairs at the state Capitol has approved restoring two statues that protesters ripped down by spring. Read more »

Milwaukee, Madison Workers Join Nationwide Protests Over Racial Injustice, Labor Issues

Three men in work clothes kneel
Hundreds of workers in Milwaukee and Madison joined in "The Strike for Black Lives" Monday, a day of action across the U.S. protesting racism in the economy and policing.  Read more »

COVID-19 Cases Continue To Trend Upward In Wisconsin

A man is tested for COVID-19 at a walk-up testing site in Miami Beach, Florida.
There were 703 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Monday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 2 new deaths from the virus. Read more »

White House Hints At Federal Response To Protests In Milwaukee

Demonstrators gather in Milwaukee to protest the death of George Floyd
President Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows says the administration will announce a plan this week to use federal officers to "make sure our communities are safe" in cities including Milwaukee. The statement comes a week after reports that federal agents detained people without offering cause during protests in Portland, Oregon.  Read more »

Wisconsin Home Sales Show Some Signs Of Improvement In June

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