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October 8, 2020

'I Couldn't Risk It': Wisconsin Voting Laws Worry Those Vulnerable To COVID-19

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Wisconsin has made great strides since the April election, but some worry the challenges they faced in the spring could keep them from voting in November. Read more »

Milwaukee County DA Won't Pursue Charges Against Wauwatosa Police Officer After Fatal Shooting

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Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah has been cleared in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced Wednesday afternoon.  Read more »

After Moving Classes Online Temporarily, UW Campuses Are Seeing Fewer Coronavirus Cases

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After moving classes online for two-weeks due to coronavirus spikes, UW-Madison, UW-La Crosse and UW-River Falls are reporting significant decreases in the numbers of students testing positive.  Read more »

BNSF Railway Scaled Back Payments For Cleaning Dust Off Superior Homes. Officials Want Them To Reconsider.

Taconite Dust Covers Home Nearby BNSF Facility
City and state officials are urging a railway company to resume paying all claims from Superior homeowners seeking reimbursement for cleanup of taconite dust. BNSF Railway began denying payments in July after nearly 50 years.  Read more »

2 Wisconsin Prisoners Die After Contracting COVID-19

Wisconsin Department of Corrections
A medical examiner has confirmed at least two inmates of a Wisconsin prison have died after contracting the coronavirus. Read more »

Critics Of Wausau Schools Plan Say Hmong Community Was Excluded

Grant Elementary School in Wausau
Members of Wausau's Hmong community say a proposed school referendum in Wausau was created without enough input from neighborhoods where people of color live. They're asking residents to vote against the plan, which school leaders say would modernize school infrastructure and improve pupil services. Read more »

Uncle: Jacob Blake Being Treated At Illinois Rehab Center

Police in riot gear stand outside the Kenosha County Court House Monday
Jacob Blake has been discharged from a hospital in Wisconsin and is now undergoing treatment at an Illinois rehabilitation clinic. Read more »

Wisconsin To Open Care Facility For COVID-19 Patients On State Fairgrounds

Signage during COVID-19 outbreak
Wisconsin will open a transitional care facility at the state fairgrounds next week to treat patients who no longer need full-fledged hospital care, but may need additional treatment before being sent home.  Read more »

Biden Maintains Lead Over Trump In Latest Marquette Poll

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden maintained his lead over President Donald Trump in the latest poll by Marquette University Law School, this one coming with less than a month before Election Day. Biden led Trump 46-41 among likely voters.  Read more »
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