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Afternoon News 

January 5, 2021

Business, Health Groups At Odds Over New Republican COVID-19 Bill

A woman in a blue gown, purple gloves, and a large white hood with a clear plastic window pulls up a glove as she walks through a hallway with other healthcare workers
Health and business groups testified Tuesday on opposite sides of a GOP-backed bill responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin. Read more »

Kyle Rittenhouse Pleads Not Guilty To All Charges In Kenosha Killings

Kyle Rittenhouse appears for an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill.
Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teenager charged in the killings of two people during protests in Kenosha following a police shooting pleaded not guilty in a court appearance Tuesday. Read more »

Priority Categories For COVID-19 Vaccine Not Cut And Dried

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
In Wisconsin and other states across the nation, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine so far has been slower than promised under the federal Operation Warp Speed initiative. Efforts to pick up the pace are complicated by decisions on who should be given vaccine priority along with supply and distribution issues. Read more »

After Lower Holiday Numbers, DHS Reports 95 New COVID-19 Deaths

health care workers wait in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
There were 3,403 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 95 new deaths. Read more »

DWD Hopes To Start Paying New $300 Unemployment Supplement In 'Next Few Weeks'

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Officials with the state Department of Workforce Development said Monday they aim to start paying out a new $300 unemployment insurance supplement "within the next few weeks." Seventeen states across the country have either already started paying the supplement or have begun processing payments, according to an online tracker. Read more »

National Guard Activated In Kenosha Ahead Of Decision In Police Shooting Of Jacob Blake

police in riot gear stand with batons next to protesters
Gov. Tony Evers has mobilized approximately 500 Wisconsin National Guard troops to active duty in advance of an anticipated charging decision in the case of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Read more »

Cenovus Closes On Nearly $5B Deal To Combine With Husky

Husky Energy sign
Canadian oil and gas company Cenovus Energy has closed on its nearly $5 billion deal to buy Calgary-based Husky Energy, the company that owns and operates Wisconsin's only oil refinery. Read more »
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