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January 4, 2021

Report: Rural Areas Of Wisconsin Suffer From Major Gaps In Broadband Access

A Comcast Business modem
Major gaps in broadband access plague rural areas of Wisconsin where hundreds of thousands of people are going without high-speed internet. Yet, local governments may play a unique role in identifying underserved areas and connecting internet providers to programs that can help pay for broadband infrastructure. Read more »

Wisconsin Demand For Guns, Ammo Hasn't Subsided Since Start of COVID-19 Pandemic

Signs point out quantity limits on certain types of ammunition
The spike in demand for guns and ammunition spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic has not subsided, according to Wisconsin gun sellers. Some have had to ration bullets to one box per person.  Read more »

More Than A Dozen Wisconsin Girls Likely To Join Inaugural Class Of Female Eagle Scouts

Ava Van Straten poses with the children's book she wrote for her Eagle Scout project
Fewer than 6 percent of scouts earn rank of Eagle Scout, according to Boy Scouts of America.The young women who will make up the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts did it in less than two years. Read more »

Working From Home Causing Muscle Pain? Try These Tips For Help

Maryam Bahramipanah works on a laptop computer inside her apartment
Non-ergonomic work stations can wreak havoc on our bodies, but a physical therapist says there are things we can do to calm the irritations and strains as more of us work from home. Read more »

Ron Johnson Doubles Down On Calls For Investigation Of 2020 Election In Fiery Interview

Senator Ron Johnson
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson repeated calls for an investigation into allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election in an interview on NBC Sunday. The comments come after he announced Saturday that he will join with 10 other Republican senators in objecting to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win this upcoming Wednesday before a joint session of Congress.  Read more »

Kenosha Prepares For Charging Decision On Police Shooting Of Jacob Blake

Over 1,000 people gathered in Kenosha for a #JusticeForJacobBlake march and rally
Kenosha city officials say they are preparing for possible protests when a charging decision comes in the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Read more »

Sen. Ron Johnson Joins Effort To Reject Presidential Elector Ballots

Trump supporters in MAGA hats can be seen behind Sen. Ron Johnson as he speaks into a microphone
Wisconsin Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has joined 10 other Republican senators in vowing to reject the ballots from presidential electors on Jan. 6 while calling for an emergency audit of the Nov. Presidential Election. Read more »

DHS: 1,078 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 New Death Following New Year's Day

UW Health pharmacy technician Nikolas Gardner stores the tray of vaccines in a freezer
There were 1,078 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Saturday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There was one new death. Read more »

Holidays See Continued Lull In New COVID-19 Tests

Alejandra Paiz wears festive glasses as the group marks New Year's Eve
There were 1,905 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Friday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 10 new deaths. Read more »
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