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January 13, 2021

Homeowners Offered Bottled Water After Elevated PFAS Levels Found Near La Crosse Airport

Tap water faucet
Dozens of homeowners near the La Crosse airport are being offered bottled water after testing of private wells showed concerning levels of PFAS contamination.  Read more »

Gov. Tony Evers To Call Special Session On State Unemployment System

Gov. Tony Evers delivers his 2021 State of the State Address
Gov. Tony Evers says he will call lawmakers into a special session to address the state's "antiquated" unemployment insurance system. Read more »

Madison Health Leaders Seek Ways To Build Trust For COVID-19 Vaccine In Communities Of Color

vaccine, covid-19
More than 540,000 people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the U.S., but millions more still need it before the country reaches herd immunity. Public health experts are working to build trust in the vaccine among communities of color after years of discrimination and malpractice have sowed distrust toward the medical field. Read more »

Better Together: Mutual Aid Groups Swoop In To Help Neighbors In Need

Brooklyn Immigrant Community Support volunteer coordinator Amy Khoshbin lines up quarts of chilate de pollo
Community-based aid organizations have risen in popularity in Wisconsin over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and are being used to leverage resources to help those in need. Read more »

County Republican Parties Facing Scrutiny Over Online Rhetoric In Wake Of Insurrection

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol
In the weeks leading up to the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol county Republican party officials in Wisconsin urged supporters to "prepare for war" with the Shawano County GOP urging people to stock up on supplies due to potential "temporary violence."  Read more »

Packers Sell Out Home Playoff Game, First Of The Season With Fans

A limited number of fans at Lambeau Field watch a Green Bay Packers game
On Tuesday, some Green Bay Packers season ticket holders had the opportunity to purchase tickets to a game at Lambeau Field for the first time this season. Read more »

Feds Allocate Wisconsin 187K More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray
There were 2,790 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 49 new deaths. Read more »

Wisconsin Senate Passes Scaled-Back COVID-19 Package

Wisconsin state capitol
The Wisconsin Senate passed a scaled-back COVID-19 relief package Tuesday afternoon, days after the state Assembly passed more wide-ranging legislation in response to the ongoing pandemic.  Read more »

Wisconsin Teachers, Older Adults Could Be Next In Line For COVID-19 Shots

Jean Allen, 96, left, receives the first shot of the Pfizer vaccination for COVID-19
Wisconsin is a step closer to deciding who should be next to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Tuesday a state advisory panel recommended teachers, correctional workers and older adults be included in the next priority group. Read more »
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