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April 5, 2021

'We're Not Given The Option To Get Vaccinated': Advocates Work To Narrow Racial, Ethnic Disparities In Wisconsin

Two people walk on a sidewalk wearing face masks and holding plastic bags.
The barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations in each community vary, but the solutions illustrate common themes, including the power of partnerships, deep listening and meeting people where they are. The diverse experiences offer lessons for tackling disparities across. Read more »

Milwaukee Makes Its Case For The 2021 MLB All-Star Game

American Family Field can be seen as people walk toward it on the sidewalk.
On a call Monday, Milwaukee Brewers players discussed why that got vaccinated, while Mayor Tom Barrett made his pitch for bringing the MLB All-Star Game to Milwaukee. Read more »

All Wisconsin Residents, 16 And Up, Now Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine

A sign has text reminding people to wear a face mask & an illustration of a face mask.
There were 307 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin Monday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There was one new death. Read more »

Advocates For The Blind, Visually Impaired Say Wisconsin's Absentee Ballots Are Not ADA Compliant

Blind individual uses ballot marking device to vote in-person
Election Day is Tuesday, and advocates for those who are blind and visually impaired are pushing for changes to the state’s absentee ballots. Read more »

Large Concrete Slab Falls Off UW-Madison Building As UW System Grapples With Aging Facilities

A concrete slab fell from Van Hise's third floor deck.
A large slab of concrete fell off an aging building at UW-Madison over the weekend, smashing steps away from an entrance to the highly-trafficked facility. Read more »

COVID-19 Outbreak At Dane County Child Care Center Leads To 35 People Testing Positive

Face masks hanging on hooks on a door
As of Monday afternoon, 21 children and child care workers have tested positive, and 14 family members of these children or workers have tested positive. Read more »

School Leaders: Masks Are Here To Stay At Least Through The End Of School Year

A student walks on the right side of a hallway to avoid contact with other students
Wisconsin school districts generally wrote their own mask requirements into school policy while drafting reopening plans, and many say they'll continue to mandate face coverings through the end of the year even though the statewide mandate was struck down.  Read more »

State, Tribal Agencies Warn Against Harassing Tribal Spearfishers As Spring Harvest Begins

An incident involving gunfire near tribal spearfishers last year is prompting tribal and state officials to send a warning that harassment won’t be tolerated during this spring’s tribal spearfishing season. Read more »

Without COVID-19 Emergency Order, Wisconsin Could Lose $50M In Food Assistance Each Month

A cashier works behind a plexiglass shield at a Super H Mart grocery store
Discussions are underway in Madison to prevent the loss of around $50 million in monthly federal food assistance to Wisconsin residents after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' COVID-19 emergency order on March 31.  Read more »
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