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October 7, 2020

Decision Expected In Case Involving Officer Joseph Mensah, Who Has Killed 3 People In 5 Years

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The Milwaukee County district attorney is expected to announce a decision Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old at a suburban shopping mall by Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah. Read more »

Biden Maintains Lead Over Trump In Latest Marquette Poll

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden maintained his lead over President Donald Trump in the latest poll by Marquette University Law School, this one coming with less than a month before Election Day. Biden led Trump 46-41 among likely voters. Another 4 percent said they would vote for Libertarian presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen, while 8 percent said they were undecided. Read more »

Wisconsin Technical Colleges Reporting Enrollment Declines Amid Pandemic

Wisconsin technical colleges are projecting enrollment declines of between 3 and 10 percent this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. While enrollment typically increases during economic recessions, campus officials say virus related uncertainty is causing some prospective students to hold off on retraining and switching careers.  Read more »

Wisconsin Teachers Are 'Already At The End Of Their Rope,' Says Union Leader

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The Wisconsin Education Association Council said teachers are having to balance an impossible load of virtual and, in some cases, in-person learning, while dealing with their own health and safety concerns. Read more »

Governor Announces $100M In Aid For Wisconsin's Small Businesses

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Gov. Tony Evers announced $100 million in aid to small businesses in Wisconsin Tuesday. The economic relief came hours before Evers limited many businesses across the state to 25 percent capacity for about a month as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in Wisconsin. Read more »

Northeastern Wisconsin Hospitals Are Feeling Strain Of 'Remarkable' Surge In COVID-19 Cases

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Hospitals in northeastern Wisconsin are being pushed to the brink as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit that area of the state particularly hard. Read more »

Green Bay Has Officially Replaced All City's Lead Pipes

Green Bay has joined Madison in replacing all its lead service lines. On Tuesday, officials said it was a collaborative effort to find the lead pipes, replace them and pay for it. Mayor Eric Genrich called it a victory for science. Read more »

Wisconsin Supreme Court's Conservatives Say Republicans Can Appeal Absentee Ballot Ruling

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Conservatives on the Wisconsin Supreme Court have ruled the Legislature has the power to represent the state in election law challenges, potentially opening the door for GOP lawmakers to appeal a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots. But the final say in the case will be up to federal judges. Read more »
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