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September 16, 2020

Well Sampling Completed In Southwestern Wisconsin Study, But Questions Remain About Contamination

Testing well water.
Researchers have completed the fourth and final round of private well sampling to determine sources of fecal contamination in wells that were previously flagged for issues as part of an ongoing groundwater study in southwestern Wisconsin. Read more »

Big Ten Reverses Course, Announces Plans For Fall Football Season

Fans during "Jump Around" at a Wisconsin Badgers football game.
The Big Ten has reversed course and announced plans to play football beginning the weekend of Oct. 24. Read more »

Latinos Report Financial Strain As Pandemic Erodes Income And Savings

People wait for a bus in August in East Los Angeles. Latinos have the highest rate of labor force participation of any
Working as a fast-food cashier in Los Angeles, Juan Quezada spends a lot of his time these days telling customers how to wear a mask. Read more »

DWD Will Not Ask Unemployment Insurance Recipients To Repay $300 Supplement

Unemployment insurance claims office
A question from the state Department of Workforce Development that determines whether unemployment insurance recipients are eligible to receive a new $300 weekly benefit supplement included language that says recipients may have to pay back the benefit. The question has confused many, and now DWD says it's removing the language. Read more »

Gov. Tony Evers Defends UW System's Handling Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Tony Evers addresses the public while wearing a mask
Gov. Tony Evers says the University of Wisconsin System has done a good job managing the COVID-19 pandemic so far this academic year, citing "massive amounts" of testing that is still being ramped up. Read more »

Wisconsin COVID-19 Cases Up Again On Tuesday, With 1,348 New Positive Tests Reported

a woman in a face shield holds a swab as she speaks to someone through their car window
There were 1,348 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 10 new deaths from the virus, including the first death in Menominee County. Read more »

Milwaukee Firefighter Who Hung Black Doll By Neck Could Still Be Disciplined

fire truck
Milwaukee Common Council members questioned Fire Department Chief Mark Rohlfing Tuesday about an incident in which a firefighter hung a Black doll by the neck in a station break room. Read more »

Kohl's To Cut 15 Percent Of Corporate Workforce Amid Sales Slump

Kohl's
Wisconsin-based Kohl's Corp. said Tuesday it will cut 15 percent of the company's corporate workforce. The staff reductions come amid a slump in sales and ongoing pressure related to COVID-19. Read more »

Hazy Skies May Linger In Wisconsin Thanks To Wildfire Smoke

A hazy view of Magnolia Bluff County Park in Evansville.
Hazy skies may continue in parts of Wisconsin this week, as smoke from western wildfires continues to move over the state.  Read more »
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