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April 6, 2021

Some Are Hesitant To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine. Health Officials Hope Education Can Be Persuasive.

A billboard shows the words "Get Vaccinated."
State and federal health officials are hoping most people will want the COVID-19 vaccine, but they know some won’t. That could determine whether Wisconsin and the rest of the world, for that matter, is able to end the pandemic. Read more »

Outbreak Wisconsin: 'It Isn't As Remote And Lonely As I Thought It Would Be'

a woman sits in front of a laptop as she speaks to students. A desk lamp and various pictures surround her at her desk.
La Crosse teacher Julie Welch has been surprised by the relationships she’s built with students and their families without even meeting them in person. Read more »

Wisconsin Voters Set To Elect New State Superintendent

A red arrow and a sign that says "VOTING ENTRANCE" guides voters to the polling location
Wisconsin voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide the state's next superintendent of public instruction. The election will also decide two state appeals court races that received an unusually high level of campaign spending this year. Read more »

Should 'Micro Schools' Be Allowed Under Wisconsin Law?

a homeschool math textbook rests on the table where Mabry Grant, 8, works on a lesson with her mom, Donya Grant
A bill in the state Legislature would create an education option in the gap between single-family home schooling and traditional schools, allowing up to 20 students who aren't related to learn together under the guidance of one teacher as part of a so-called micro school. 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, 16 children and five child care workers at a Dane County child care center have tested positive for a more contagious strain of COVID-19, along with 14 family members of these children or workers. Fourteen family members of children and workers were also infected. Read more »

Parents Of Joel Acevedo Call For Release Of Body Camera Footage Surrounding His April 2020 Death

A woman with a microphone speaks to a crowd holding signs outside a home
The parents of Joel Acevedo and the city of Milwaukee have requested 40 hours of police camera footage related to Michael Mattioli, the off-duty officer charged with first-degree reckless homicide in Acevedo's April 2020 death. 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 »

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 »
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