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February 12, 2020

Demand For Broadband Internet Remains High In Rural Wisconsin

Ethernet cable and computer
This year, Wisconsin will provide a record $24 million for broadband internet in underserved areas of the state through a grant program, but it received double that amount in requests. Read more »

How Fruit Flies May Be Able To Teach Us About Football Injuries

Dr. Doug Brusich
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay are studying the affects of repetitive, mild brain injuries in fruit flies. It might sound like an obscure topic. But it could ultimately help scientists understand what happens to athletes who receive frequent blows to the head.   Read more »

Wisconsin Cities Still Recovering From January Cyberattacks

A woman stands in a dimly lit room in front of a bank of monitors.
Ransomware attacks lock governments and companies out of their data, and usually demand money in return for access. The city of Oshkosh claims they never got such a request. Read more »

Northern Wisconsin Counties Seek State Support For Mental Health Services

Northern Wisconsin county officials meet with Julie Willems Van Dijk
Northern Wisconsin counties have long struggled with the state's Medicaid reimbursement rates, which are lower than nearby Minnesota. County health staff are asking state officials to raise the rates to improve access to mental health services. Read more »

Conservative Law Firm Threatens UW-River Falls With Lawsuit Over Free Speech Policies

students on campus
A conservative, Christian law firm claims UW-River Falls' policies regulating where and how students can assemble or speak are unconstitutional. A letter sent to the chancellor Monday gives the university until Monday, Feb. 24 to change the policies to avoid potential litigation.  Read more »
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