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Afternoon News 

April 1, 2021

The Show Must Go On (Virtually)

A singer in a long white floral gown tilts her head back as she belts a note surrounded by paintings in a museum.
Over the last year, many of Wisconsin’s performing arts organizations have had to pivot from putting on events for large in-person audiences to virtual or physically distant performances. It's been a difficult year, both creatively and financially. Read more »

60 Percent Of Wisconsinites Age 65 And Up Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

A sign with text about drive-thru vaccinations
There were 517 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin Thursday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were three new deaths. Read more »

State Superintendent Candidate Jill Underly Stresses Equity, Keeping Funds In Public Schools

A woman in a black face mask speaks to people outside.
The race to lead Wisconsin’s state education agency — like so many education battles over the past year — has centered on the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways it has widened existing inequalities. And on April 6, Pecatonica Area School District Superintendent Jill Underly will face former superintendent of the Brown Deer School District Deborah Kerr. Read more »

State's Largest Business Lobby Sues Environmental Regulators Over PFAS Sampling Of Wastewater

treated wastewater
In just over a month, the state’s largest business lobby has filed another lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources over so-called "forever chemicals" known as PFAS — this time for conducting PFAS sampling in wastewater.  Read more »

State Superintendent Candidate Deborah Kerr Wants Students Back In Schools, Supports School Choice

A woman in a face mask stands in a lobby as sun shines through windows behind her.
Former Brown Deer Superintendent Deborah Kerr, one of two candidates running for Wisconsin's top education job in the April 6 election, has made returning students to in-person learning her top priority. Read more »

Attorney General Josh Kaul, Democratic Lawmakers Renew Push For Gun Law Changes

Eagles Nest Armory gun shop in Arvada, Colorado
Attorney General Josh Kaul and Democratic state lawmakers are pushing for state gun law changes in the wake of recent mass shootings across the country.   Read more »

Evers Seeks $250K From Trump, GOP Official For Election Lawsuit Legal Fees

Governor Tony Evers
Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is seeking more than $250,000 in legal fees from former President Donald Trump and a Republican Party official related to a pair of lawsuits filed last year challenging the results of Wisconsin's presidential election.  Read more »
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