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January 11, 2021

Wisconsin Senate Unveils Pared-Down COVID-19 Response Bill

Wisconsin State Capitol In Winter
Republicans in the state Senate have unveiled a pared-down bill responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin, whittling away some provisions in an Assembly proposal that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers objected to. Read more »

Milwaukee Opens Convention Center To Begin Public Employee COVID-19 Vaccinations

Two men in face masks stand by a sign that says "COVID-19 Vaccine Entrance"
Milwaukee is expected to receive about 800 doses of the coronavirus vaccine this week and will continue vaccinating public employees. The city started vaccinating employees considered to be at highest risk of contracting COVID-19 last week. Read more »

Wisconsin Food Bank Leaders Applaud Continuation Of Federal Pandemic Aid

A USDA poster depicting a "Farmers to Families Food Box" program is displayed
Wisconsin food bank leaders say the USDA's food box program has not always been easy for the organizations involved. But additional food aid is needed to meet increased community need from the pandemic. Read more »

Assisted Living Residents Could Begin Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine Jan. 25

A nurse administers a coronavirus vaccine
Last week, state health officials announced Wisconsin's assisted living residents and staff members could begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Jan. 25. Read more »

DWD Unable To Say When New Unemployment Benefits Will Be Set Up For PUA, PEUC

Unemployment insurance claims office
Unemployment recipients looking to take advantage of new benefits created under the second round of federal coronavirus relief will have to wait an unknown amount of time before the benefits are available. Read more »

Wisconsin Supreme Court Says Lawmakers Can Intervene In 2 Cases Involving DNR's Authority

Wisconsin Supreme Court
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has granted requests by state lawmakers to intervene in a pair of cases that question whether state environmental regulators have the authority to restrict farming operations in order to protect water. The move is likely to put the state's Republican-controlled Legislature at odds with the Evers administration on those cases.  Read more »

Survey: Most Wisconsin Schools Were Virtual In Spring 2020, Though Many Struggled

 a chain-link fence lock is seen on a gate at a closed elementary school
In a state Department of Public Instruction survey on how Wisconsin school districts managed last spring's pandemic-related shutdown, many reported challenges in delivering material and providing wrap-around services, with strategies varying depending on internet access and typical family resources. Read more »

'A Wasted Year': Pandemic Forces Reflections Of The Mystique Surrounding Our 20s

In this July 1, 2020, file photo, Instacart worker Saori Okawa loads groceries into her car
Journalist Rainesford Stauffer talks with Rob Ferrett about expectations of young adults and expands on a piece she wrote for Vox titled, "2020 felt like a 'wasted year' for many young adults." Read more »

Wisconsin Reports 36 New Deaths From COVID-19

A healthcare worker helps a colleague adjust her personal protective equipment
There were 3,046 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Saturday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 36 new deaths. Read more »
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