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February 7, 2020

PFAS Bills Draw Mixed Reviews In Assembly Committee Hearing


An Assembly committee held a public hearing on PFAS bills Thursday that seek to provide funding for PFAS programs and positions, $5 million biennially for grants to local governments, free blood testing and a cancer cluster study of individuals living near PFAS contamination in the Marinette area. Read more »

Milwaukee County Doubling Resources On Voter Registration, Education

An "I Voted" sticker
Milwaukee County will spend $100,000 on voter registration and education efforts following recent attempts to purge more than 200,000 voters from Wisconsin's registration list. Read more »

Meet The Sheboygan Cosmetics Brand That's Going To The Oscars

Caitlin Brotz poses at Olivu 426
Caitlin Brotz started making lip balm for a friend in 2003. Now her signature product is one of several items from her company, Olivü 426, that's going in the VIP swag bags at the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday. Read more »

Wisconsin 101: Paramount Records, Wisconsin’s Home For The Blues


To sell phonographic cabinets, a furniture business in Port Washington decided to start a record label. Read more »

Evers Calls For $250M Increase In Public School Spending

Tony Evers
Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday that he wants the Legislature to use a projected budget surplus to increase spending on public schools by $250 million, with an emphasis on mental health funding. Read more »

GOP Debate Highlights Gun Rights, Dairy Crisis, Mental Health Ahead Of 7th District Special Election Primary

Jason Church and Tom Tiffany at WPR debate
Republicans Tom Tiffany and Jason Church debated on WPR ahead of the Feb. 18 special election primary in the 7th Congressional District. Here's how the candidates made their pitches. Read more »

UW Regents Committee Approves Increased Tuition For Graduate Students


A University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Committee has approved tuition increases for graduate programs at seven UW campuses. UW-Milwaukee proposed a 25 percent increase for two master programs the university says are operating at a loss.  Read more »

Badgers Coach Resigns After University Confirms He Used Racial Epithet In Presence of Student Athletes


The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced Thursday the resignation of strength and conditioning coach Erik Helland. According to the university, Helland used a racial epithet while telling a story in front of members of the Badgers basketball team. Read more »
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