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January 4, 2021

Pandemic-Era Budget, New Legislative Maps Loom As Wisconsin Lawmakers Begin Session

Wisconsin state Capitol building
State lawmakers began their two-year lawmaking session on Monday, with major tasks like the next state budget, new legislative maps and possible election law changes looming. Read more »

Pharmacist Arrested For Trying To Destroy COVID-19 Vaccine Released Monday

Moderna Vaccine Arrives At Wisconsin Hospitals
A Wisconsin pharmacist arrested Dec. 31 for intentionally trying to destroy vials of COVID-19 vaccine has been released from jail on a $10,000 signature bond after the district attorney said it's unclear whether the vaccine is still usable.  Read more »

Federal Judge Tosses Election Challenge From WIsconsin GOP Lawmakers

a voter walks into a polling location. a sign says "vote here."
A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit that included two Republican Wisconsin lawmakers as plaintiffs seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Wisconsin and four other swing states.  Read more »

DHS Reports 1,407 New COVID-19 Cases As Testing Remains Low

A nurse at a drive up COVID-19 coronavirus testing station
There were 1,407 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Monday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were nine new deaths. Read more »

Report: Rural Areas Of Wisconsin Suffer From Major Gaps In Broadband Access

A Comcast Business modem
Major gaps in broadband access plague rural areas of Wisconsin where hundreds of thousands of people are going without high-speed internet. Yet, local governments may play a unique role in identifying underserved areas and connecting internet providers to programs that can help pay for broadband infrastructure. Read more »

Rodgers Makes His Case For MVP As Packers Head Into Playoffs As Top Seed

Aaron Rodgers throws a pass against the Chicago Bears
The Green Bay Packers are the top seed in the NFC, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers is likely to win league MVP. But it'll take discipline on and off the field to achieve postseason success, head coach Matt LaFleur said. Read more »

Wisconsin Demand For Guns, Ammo Hasn't Subsided Since Start Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Signs point out quantity limits on certain types of ammunition
The spike in demand for guns and ammunition spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic has not subsided, according to Wisconsin gun sellers. Some have had to ration bullets to one box per person.  Read more »

More Than A Dozen Wisconsin Girls Likely To Join Inaugural Class Of Female Eagle Scouts

Ava Van Straten poses with the children's book she wrote for her Eagle Scout project
Fewer than 6 percent of scouts earn rank of Eagle Scout, according to Boy Scouts of America.The young women who will make up the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts did it in less than two years. Read more »

Negligence Claims Filed In Shootings Amid Kenosha Protest

smoke surrounds a protester with a fist raised. they are seen in silhouette illuminated by a bearcat headlight.
Gaige Grosskreutz, who was seriously wounded, and the parents of Anthony Huber, who was killed, have each filed $10 million claim notices. Read more »
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