Elizabeth Dohms-Harter

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Pandemic Shows Value of Local Pharmacies

Pandemic Shows Value of Local Pharmacies

Hayat Pharmacy has 12 locations and a staff that speaks 22 languages.

HIPAA Does Not Prevent Asking For Vaccine Status

HIPAA Does Not Prevent Asking For Vaccine Status

A Q&A on what the medical privacy law actually covers.

How is PFAS Getting Into Rhinelander’s Water?

How is PFAS Getting Into Rhinelander’s Water?

Researchers using ground-penetrating radar to search for source of dangerous forever chemicals.

Good Bad News, Mosquito Numbers Down

Good Bad News, Mosquito Numbers Down

Wisconsin has 56 species of them, but cooler spring means less of them out for blood.

Western Wildfires Impact State’s Air Quality

Western Wildfires Impact State’s Air Quality

Measurable smoke level 10 times higher than normal in Wisconsin.

Be Careful Swimming In Lake Michigan

Be Careful Swimming In Lake Michigan

Last year there were 56 drownings. Rip currents can be tricky.

Are Vaccine Mandates Legal?

Are Vaccine Mandates Legal?

Law professor discusses legal precedent, current laws related to vaccination.

Boswell Books’ Owner Recommends Five Books for Summer

Boswell Books’ Owner Recommends Five Books for Summer

Daniel Goldin makes suggestions for this summer's beach reads, including one by a local author.

State’s New Top Doc Will Prioritize Communication

State’s New Top Doc Will Prioritize Communication

Dr. Jasmine Zapata wants to be receptive to community needs, promote health programs.

State Republican Helps Draft Letter Calling For a New GOP

State Republican Helps Draft Letter Calling For a New GOP

Former U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble among 150 party stalwarts calling for major changes.

Could State Improve Testing for Harmful Blue-green Algae?

Could State Improve Testing for Harmful Blue-green Algae?

Testing all 15k lakes is impractical given time, funding constraints, researcher says.

Students Want More Mental Health Services

Students Want More Mental Health Services

In focus groups, state’s middle and high school students discuss pluses and minuses of pandemic.

Moore Hopes Biden Plan Can Replace City’s Lead Pipes

Moore Hopes Biden Plan Can Replace City’s Lead Pipes

Milwaukee's 70,000 lead pipes including those for home of her great granddaughter.

Anti-Vaxxers, Scare Stories Nothing New

Anti-Vaxxers, Scare Stories Nothing New

History shows examples of resistance going back centuries, since the smallpox vaccine.

Spring Bird Migration Is Well Underway

Spring Bird Migration Is Well Underway

Canada geese, redwing blackbirds, robins and sandhill cranes have arrived with songbirds like bluebirds coming soon.

Underly Makes Case for State Superintendent

Underly Makes Case for State Superintendent

Supports more investment in 4K programs, phasing out vouchers.

Calls For Change in Treating Juvenile Offenders

Calls For Change in Treating Juvenile Offenders

Alliance pushes for nurturing, not life sentences for teen offenders.

‘Growing Up In Milwaukee’ Returns

‘Growing Up In Milwaukee’ Returns

Film Festival celebrates Black History Month with that movie and many others.

Economist Urges $10 Minimum Wage

Economist Urges $10 Minimum Wage

Professor says $15 too high, but state could take incremental steps.

Learning An Instrument During the Pandemic?

Learning An Instrument During the Pandemic?

Here are some tips on where to begin and how to keep going.

For New Year’s Some Wisconsin Cocktails

For New Year’s Some Wisconsin Cocktails

Local author Jeanette Hurt’s new book gets into the lore and ingredients of state's unique cocktail culture.

‘You Left Us’ Restaurants Lament

‘You Left Us’ Restaurants Lament

Government relief helped but isn't enough, local restaurants say. "We've lost so much."

Snowy Owls Return to Wisconsin

Snowy Owls Return to Wisconsin

Sightings of birds migrating from Arctic Circle reported across the state.

What You Need to Know About Rent and Eviction

What You Need to Know About Rent and Eviction

Raphael Ramos, of Legal Action of Wisconsin, answers your questions.

State’s Suicide Rate Up 40% Since 2000

State’s Suicide Rate Up 40% Since 2000

Rate is on par with alarming national trend.

COVID-19 Pandemic Hitting Low-Wage Workers Hardest

COVID-19 Pandemic Hitting Low-Wage Workers Hardest

Low-wage workers are more likely to lose their job and get the virus.

Wisconsin 1st In Youth Vote Clout

Wisconsin 1st In Youth Vote Clout

Voters 18 to 29 will have more influence on presidential race here than any other state, study finds.

2020 Tax Deadline Approaching

2020 Tax Deadline Approaching

If you haven't filed your taxes yet you have until July 15.

State Used Bulk of COVID-19 Relief for Businesses, Farms

State Used Bulk of COVID-19 Relief for Businesses, Farms

New report from WEDC shows how the state spent $13.7 billion in federal and state aid.

Demand Up But Home Sales Down

Demand Up But Home Sales Down

Home owners reluctant to sell now, but low interest rates have buyers hot to buy, pushing up prices.

Police Chiefs Decry Killing of George Floyd

Police Chiefs Decry Killing of George Floyd

Chiefs from Kenosha, Green Bay, Wausau weigh in. “Against everything I stand for.”

Study Finds No Link Between Allergies and COVID-19 Risk

Study Finds No Link Between Allergies and COVID-19 Risk

More research needed, but early evidence may be reassuring to those with allergic Asthma.

Business Lobby Wants State to Re-Open Monday

Business Lobby Wants State to Re-Open Monday

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce is pushing its plan to reopen Wisconsin businesses next week.

Historical Society Would Like Your Pandemic Journals

Historical Society Would Like Your Pandemic Journals

Entries will become part of historical record documenting life during the pandemic.

COVID-19 Victimizes the Uninsured

COVID-19 Victimizes the Uninsured

And under-insured. Those lacking coverage struggle to get specialty care, hospital services.

Education: The Return of Phonics
Education

The Return of Phonics

New state DPI leader pushing schools for greater use of phonics.

Questions, Answers About 2020 Census

Questions, Answers About 2020 Census

How do I know if it's a real census worker at the door?

City Youths Learning Taekwondo

City Youths Learning Taekwondo

500 youth at 11 Milwaukee schools getting Korean martial arts instruction.

Milwaukeean Breaks Pinball World Record

Milwaukeean Breaks Pinball World Record

Wins Guinness world record and gets donations for Children’s Wisconsin.

Minimum Wage Workers Can’t Afford Housing

Minimum Wage Workers Can’t Afford Housing

Even “affordable” apartments unaffordable for low-wage workers in Milwaukee, experts say.

Human Trafficking Still a Hidden Problem

Human Trafficking Still a Hidden Problem

State had more than 60 cases in 2018, but much of it undetected, experts say.

Republican, Democrat Offer Different Takes On Budget

Republican, Democrat Offer Different Takes On Budget

Sen. Jon Erpenbach blasts failure to expand Medicaid, tax breaks for manufacturers

Democrats Push Voucher Transparency

Democrats Push Voucher Transparency

Bill would disclose how much taxpayer dollars go to voucher schools.

City Had 8,000 Pothole Repair Requests

City Had 8,000 Pothole Repair Requests

Compares to 3,000 in 2018. Brutal winter added to state-wide roads “crisis”.

Carr Promises Criminal Justice Reform

Carr Promises Criminal Justice Reform

“Just wait and see,” Corrections secretary says. But advocates are impatient for reform.

Would a “Heartland Visa” Solve Labor Shortage?

Would a “Heartland Visa” Solve Labor Shortage?

New report suggests immigrants on visas could provide needed workers in Midwest, Wisconsin.

Art Exhibit Features Easter Candy

Art Exhibit Features Easter Candy

PEEPS candy, bunnies and chicks star at Racine Art Museum.

State Treasurer Wants To Be Watchdog

State Treasurer Wants To Be Watchdog

Godlewski pushes for more accountability, smart long-term investments.

Evers Will Give Pardons

Evers Will Give Pardons

Reversing Walker’s policy, governor to consider pardons, as other predecessors did.

Photographer Documents Vintage Bar Signs

Photographer Documents Vintage Bar Signs

Wisconsin native captures vanishing way of life, vintage beer signs across this state and Midwest

Grant Helps Attract Native American Teachers

Grant Helps Attract Native American Teachers

$1.1 million federal grant to UWM helps First Nation students pursue education degrees.

MPS Becomes Issue in Governor’s Race

MPS Becomes Issue in Governor’s Race

Budget cuts, poor achievement, Walker’s call for state action heat up discussion.

Airport Will Collect Change for Homeless

Airport Will Collect Change for Homeless

Similar program in Denver raises $93,000 annually for homeless programs.