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Afternoon News 

July 30, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers Issues Statewide Mask Mandate For Wisconsin

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Gov. Tony Evers issued a statewide mask mandate in Wisconsin on Thursday, likely setting off a partisan battle about whether he has the legal authority to do so. Read more »

DHS Reports 1,059 New COVID-19 Cases As Mask Order Is Announced

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There were 1,059 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Thursday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were eight new deaths from the virus. Read more »

Husky Energy Reports $304M In Losses Over Last Several Months

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Husky Energy owns and operates a refinery in Superior that is in the process of being rebuilt after it was damaged by an explosion and series of fires in April 2018.  Read more »

WEDC Sec. Hughes Outlines Impact Of COVID-19 On State's Economy, Complexity Of Recovery

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The head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation briefed lawmakers Thursday on the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the state's economy. She told lawmakers that Wisconsin continues to deal with the public health effects of the outbreak, adding that no one expected to not be well into an economic recovery by the end of July.  Read more »

As Election Looms, Wisconsin's Ron Johnson Readies Investigation Into Joe Biden

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Just months before  an election where voters are focused on the coronavirus, protests, and double-digit unemployment, Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is preparing to release an investigation into events from nearly four years ago, with a focus on the president's political opponent. Read more »

Pandemic Could Hurt Local Government Budgets Into 2021

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City and town governments in Wisconsin could face sharp cuts to their budgets next year without additional federal aid. Read more »

Wisconsin Voter Registrations Dip During COVID-19 Pandemic

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One organizer is calling Wisconsin's dip in voter registrations "a body blow to democracy." Read more »

Natural Resources Board Reverses Course On Doe Tags For Some Northern Counties

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The Natural Resources Board voted Thursday to make changes to antlerless deer quotas in several northern Wisconsin counties as part of a special board meeting. The meeting was held to reconsider the board's vote last month after allegations it violated open meeting laws. Read more »

USDA Report Describes Fast-Paced Consolidation In Dairy Industry, Centered In The Midwest

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A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows consolidation in the dairy industry is outpacing the rest of the agriculture industry, as more small farms exit the industry in the Midwest. Read more »
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