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Afternoon News 

September 11, 2020

With Supreme Court OK, Dane County Private Schools Plan To Move Forward With In-Person Instruction

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After winning their challenge to a county order that required Dane County students in grades three through 12 to learn virtually, several Madison-area private schools are making plans to open up in-person learning for all their students.  Read more »

New COVID-19 Cases Remain High As DHS Reports 1,369 Positive Tests Friday

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There were 1,369 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Friday according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 4 new deaths from the virus. Read more »

UW-Whitewater Chancellor Warns City Officials It Could Be Next To Move Classes Online

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Interim-Chancellor Greg Cook is warning his university could be the next to move classes online due to COVID-19. The university reported nearly 17 percent of 483 tests over the past week and a half have come back positive for the virus.   Read more »

Packers Return Sunday Amid 'A Lot Of Conversation About Other Teams'


The Green Bay Packers return Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Last season's NFC North champions will face this year's NFC North favorites at noon at U.S. Bank Stadium. Read more »

Wisconsin Brewery Owners Fault Trump's Pandemic Response

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Brewery owners in Wisconsin say they're worried about making it through the winter without more federal assistance. The Minocqua Brewing Company owner says the pandemic has put him in an impossible position. Read more »

Nearly Two-Thirds Of Wisconsin Fire Departments Stock Firefighting Foam That Contains PFAS

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Nearly two-thirds of Wisconsin fire departments currently stock firefighting foam that contains so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS. More than half have bought, stored or used such foam in the past, according to a survey conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Read more »

Wisconsin Supreme Court Blocks Dane County's School Restrictions As COVID-19 Cases Spike

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Conservatives on the Wisconsin Supreme Court have blocked a Dane County public health order requiring virtual instruction for children in grades third through 12, issuing their decision on a day when COVID-19 cases hit a new record high in the county. Read more »

Wisconsin Supreme Court Order Could Delay Absentee Ballots

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Conservatives on the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an order Thursday night that will keep clerks from mailing absentee ballots to voters while justices consider a lawsuit by the Green Party's presidential ticket. Read more »

Unemployed Workers Rally Outside Of Ron Johnson's Milwaukee Office

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A group of about 40 unemployed Wisconsinites protested outside of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's Milwaukee office Thursday afternoon, demanding Congress reinstate a $600 federal weekly unemployment insurance supplement that expired in July. The protest comes as unemployment recipients approach the end of their eighth week with only state-level benefits.   Read more »
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