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February 12, 2020

GOP Lawmakers Approve Funding For Just 4 Of 6 New Youth Prison Facilities

Lincoln Hills juvenile correction facility
State lawmakers have approved funding for only a portion of Wisconsin’s plan to replace its embattled youth prison with multiple county and state facilities, meaning Lincoln Hills could stay open longer than planned. Read more »

More Snow, Bitter Cold: Wisconsin Gets A Double Dose Of Winter Weather

People bundled up against Chicago's cold weather
Wisconsin is set to see another round of snow as well as a stretch of bitter cold temperatures. Read more »

Demand For Broadband Internet Remains High In Rural Wisconsin

Ethernet cable and computer
This year, Wisconsin will provide a record $24 million for broadband internet in underserved areas of the state through a grant program, but it received double that amount in requests. Read more »

'We Haven't Plateaued': Milwaukee County's Fatal Drug Overdoses Reach Record High

An addict prepares heroin
Milwaukee County's drug overdose deaths reached a record high last year: 407 people died from a drug overdose, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. Read more »

Wisconsin Cities Still Recovering From January Cyberattacks

A woman stands in a dimly lit room in front of a bank of monitors.
Ransomware attacks lock governments and companies out of their data, and usually demand money in return for access. The city of Oshkosh claims they never got such a request. Read more »

How Fruit Flies May Be Able To Teach Us About Football Injuries

Dr. Doug Brusich
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay are studying the affects of repetitive, mild brain injuries in fruit flies. It might sound like an obscure topic. But it could ultimately help scientists understand what happens to athletes who receive frequent blows to the head.   Read more »

Northern Wisconsin Counties Seek State Support For Mental Health Services

Northern Wisconsin county officials meet with Julie Willems Van Dijk
Northern Wisconsin counties have long struggled with the state's Medicaid reimbursement rates, which are lower than nearby Minnesota. County health staff are asking state officials to raise the rates to improve access to mental health services. Read more »
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