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April 1, 2021

The Show Must Go On (Virtually)

A singer in a long white floral gown tilts her head back as she belts a note surrounded by paintings in a museum.
Over the last year, many of Wisconsin’s performing arts organizations have had to pivot from putting on events for large in-person audiences to virtual or physically distant performances. It's been a difficult year, both creatively and financially. Read more »

State Superintendent Candidate Jill Underly Stresses Equity, Keeping Funds In Public Schools

A woman in a black face mask speaks to people outside.
The race to lead Wisconsin’s state education agency — like so many education battles over the past year — has centered on the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways it has widened existing inequalities. And on April 6, Pecatonica Area School District Superintendent Jill Underly will face former superintendent of the Brown Deer School District Deborah Kerr. Read more »

State Superintendent Candidate Deborah Kerr Wants Students Back In Schools, Supports School Choice

A woman in a face mask stands in a lobby as sun shines through windows behind her.
Former Brown Deer Superintendent Deborah Kerr, one of two candidates running for Wisconsin's top education job in the April 6 election, has made returning students to in-person learning her top priority. Read more »

Kimberly-Clark Hiking Prices On Toilet Paper, Diapers

Scott toilet paper is on a shelf. A customer can be seen in the background reaching for an item.
Kimberly-Clark says it's raising prices on consumer paper products like toilet paper and diapers. The announcement comes as prices for wood pulp continue to grow. Read more »

Plans For Second Passenger Rail Line From Chicago To Twin Cities Chugging Along

An Amtrak train
Construction to add a second daily round-trip passenger train from the Twin Cities to Chicago, by way of Milwaukee and La Crosse, could begin in 2022, with service starting in 2024. Read more »

DHS Reports 563 New COVID-19 Cases, 10 Deaths As Mask Mandate Ends

There were 563 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 10 new deaths. Read more »

Wisconsin Regulators, Residents Question Pipeline Spill Enbridge Failed To Report For Over A Year

An Enbridge post marks the Line 61 corridor in a field in Marshall, Wisconsin.
Canadian firm Enbridge Energy waited more than a year to notify state environmental regulators of a spill stemming from one of its pipelines in Fort Atkinson. Now, community members near the site of the release want answers, and the regulators are determining whether to take enforcement action against the company. Read more »
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