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Bill Allows Lifetime Restraining Orders for Sexual Assault Survivors

Bill Allows Lifetime Restraining Orders for Sexual Assault Survivors

Survivors would have legal protection from assailant even after the offenders probation ends.

Kaul Cites ‘Uneven’ Response by Catholic Dioceses to Clergy Abuse Probe

Kaul Cites ‘Uneven’ Response by Catholic Dioceses to Clergy Abuse Probe

GOJ statewide probe has received 100 reports of either sexual abuse or related information.

Health Care Systems Facing Blood Shortage

Health Care Systems Facing Blood Shortage

Wisconsin, like much of the country, needs blood donors.

State Supreme Court Upholds DNR Water Authority

State Supreme Court Upholds DNR Water Authority

DNR can place restrictions on high capacity wells, large livestock farms to protect water.

Picnic Costs Are Up Thanks to Meat Prices

Picnic Costs Are Up Thanks to Meat Prices

Those hamburgers are costing you compared to pre-pandemic prices.

Climate Advocates Want Electric Car Infrastructure

Climate Advocates Want Electric Car Infrastructure

Press conference held promoting stricter emissions standards and infrastructure investments.

Petition Challenges State’s Last Nuclear Plant

Petition Challenges State’s Last Nuclear Plant

Physicians group charges Point Beach plant has caused "50 years of carnage" to fish, fish larvae and birds.

State Treasurer Launches Homeownership Initiative

State Treasurer Launches Homeownership Initiative

Program involves a network of public and private entities to support sustainable home-ownership.

Severe Drought Hits Southeast Wisconsin

Severe Drought Hits Southeast Wisconsin

Precipitation as much as 7 inches below normal.

Milwaukee Archdiocese Not Cooperating with State Investigation

Milwaukee Archdiocese Not Cooperating with State Investigation

Archdiocese questions attorney general's authority for statewide investigation into clergy abuse.

Every Adult Should Be Vaccinated, Experts Stress

Every Adult Should Be Vaccinated, Experts Stress

Including those who recovered from COVID-19. They still need protection.

Most of State Has High Risk of Fire

Most of State Has High Risk of Fire

Wisconsin has had 600 wildfires in 2021, most fire-prone year in nearly a decade.

Advocates Hail DOJ Probe of Abusive Clergy

Advocates Hail DOJ Probe of Abusive Clergy

Attorney General announces state-wide investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.

Evers, Democrats Push PFAS Contamination Bill

Evers, Democrats Push PFAS Contamination Bill

Democrats reintroduce bill funding testing and remediation for harmful forever chemicals.

Home Bakers Sue State Over Restrictions

Home Bakers Sue State Over Restrictions

Producers say state unfairly limits sales, some home businesses are ‘downright bullied.’

Largest State-Owned Solar Project Approved

Largest State-Owned Solar Project Approved

2.4-megawatt solar array will provide 17% of UW-Platteville’s energy.

Homeless Shelters Stretched Thin During Extreme Cold

Homeless Shelters Stretched Thin During Extreme Cold

Shelters need more funding for staff and space to safely house people during a pandemic.

Food Bank Leaders Applaud Federal Aid

Food Bank Leaders Applaud Federal Aid

U.S. Department of Agriculture announced another round of funding for Farmers to Families food program.

State Farmers’ Net Income up 41% in 2020

State Farmers’ Net Income up 41% in 2020

High crop prices, pandemic assistance drives up income.

Understaffing Taking Its Toll on Milwaukee VA

Understaffing Taking Its Toll on Milwaukee VA

Nurses, workers exhausted by staffing demands, employees union says.

Wisconsin Dry Ice Industry Preparing For Vaccine

Wisconsin Dry Ice Industry Preparing For Vaccine

New vaccine will require large quantities of dry ice for shipping.

Pandemic Spreads to State’s Veterans Homes

Pandemic Spreads to State’s Veterans Homes

47 deaths in homes as virus spreads from surrounding communities.

Fitzgerald Wins Big, Kind By 3% for Congress

Fitzgerald Wins Big, Kind By 3% for Congress

All incumbents for Congress in state reelected, Fitzgerald replaces Sensenbrenner.

Census Ends After Court Overrules Deadline Extension

Census Ends After Court Overrules Deadline Extension

Some worry the abrupt ending will leave out hard to reach communities.

Health Departments ‘Cracking Under Strain’ of Pandemic

Health Departments ‘Cracking Under Strain’ of Pandemic

Top epidemiologist say state needs more contact tracing staff, expanded testing to slow virus spread.

Absentee Ballot Applications Causing Confusion

Absentee Ballot Applications Causing Confusion

Check the Wisconsin election website to see if you've already requested a ballot.

Homeless Shelters, Advocates Expect Wave of Evictions

Homeless Shelters, Advocates Expect Wave of Evictions

COVID-19 is complicating their response to people losing housing.

Wisconsin Politicians Split Down Party Lines on Unemployment

Wisconsin Politicians Split Down Party Lines on Unemployment

Dems want money in people's hands, Republican's don't.

State Overpaid $21 Million for Unemployment

State Overpaid $21 Million for Unemployment

Audit Bureau finds unknown number of participants received incorrect unemployment benefits.

Kickapoo Coffee Now Wonderstate Coffee

Kickapoo Coffee Now Wonderstate Coffee

Drops Indigenous name amid national reckoning about race after “being called out.”

State Landlord Group Wants Evictions Delayed

State Landlord Group Wants Evictions Delayed

Wisconsin Apartment Association pushes tenant repayment plans, working with state rental assistance.

State’s Beef, Pork Farmers Getting Squeezed

State’s Beef, Pork Farmers Getting Squeezed

Prices for beef and pork plummet as meatpacking plants slow production, yet retail prices rising.

Hunger Task Force Will Distribute $1M in Dairy Products Locally

Hunger Task Force Will Distribute $1M in Dairy Products Locally

The organization will support struggling dairy farmers and local food pantries.

State’s Cheesemakers Against the World

State’s Cheesemakers Against the World

26 countries and 36 states will compete at 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison.

State Lost 10% of Dairy Farms in 2019

State Lost 10% of Dairy Farms in 2019

Low milk prices blamed for record breaking loss of farms.

More Banks May Serve Hemp Businesses

More Banks May Serve Hemp Businesses

Survey shows those willing to provide loans has risen from 17% a year ago to 48% today.

State’s Egg Producers Set New Records

State’s Egg Producers Set New Records

Demand for cage-free eggs helps drive 19% increase in production in 2019.

New Group Promotes Ethical Political Leadership

New Group Promotes Ethical Political Leadership

LeaderEthics Wisconsin offers 2020 Citizen’s Guide, hopes to battle disinformation.

Big Property Tax Hikes Hitting State

Big Property Tax Hikes Hitting State

Report predicts highest increases in a decade, driven by state’s school districts.

Green Groups Sue Public Service Commission

Green Groups Sue Public Service Commission

Two PSC members who okayed transmission lines had ties to utilities pushing project, suit charges.

China Tariffs Hurting Farmers, Kind Says

China Tariffs Hurting Farmers, Kind Says

Congressman pushes Trump to settle trade war, help farmers losing out on export markets.

Farm Groups Support Agriculture Secretary

Farm Groups Support Agriculture Secretary

Republicans threaten to force firing of Evers’ secretary Brad Pfaff; farm groups object.

Hemp Growers Assail State Regulators

Hemp Growers Assail State Regulators

Delays by state in testing fields means some growers lose valuable crops.

Organic Valley Now 100% Renewable

Organic Valley Now 100% Renewable

Largest food company in the world to get 100 percent of its energy from renewables.

Vaping-Related Diseases Traced to THC

Vaping-Related Diseases Traced to THC

State health officials warn against THC vaping products as state, national investigations grow.

State’s Exports Down in 2019

State’s Exports Down in 2019

But survey shows 67% of businesses support Trump tariffs.

Statewide Meetings Held on Student Loans

Statewide Meetings Held on Student Loans

Governor’s task force holds meetings across Wisconsin to understand crisis, find answers.

Monarch Butterfly Population Could Increase

Monarch Butterfly Population Could Increase

Numbers traveling from Mexico higher this year. Efforts to replenish habitat, reduce pesticide use needed.

High Tolerance: Alcohol Abuse Causes Foster Care Placements
High Tolerance

Alcohol Abuse Causes Foster Care Placements

Adults drinking takes toll on children, cited in 80% of foster care placements in one county.

Cross Says Budget Process Causes Competition

Cross Says Budget Process Causes Competition

UW System president says various campuses competing to get scarce funds for new facilities.

State Grows Non-Polluting Jobs

State Grows Non-Polluting Jobs

Report finds 2.4% increase in renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs in 2018.

Baldwin Wants More Federal Help With Flooding

Baldwin Wants More Federal Help With Flooding

State’s flooded areas need more help and changes in federal flood insurance needed, says Senator.

Life Harder for Less Educated Workers

Life Harder for Less Educated Workers

New report finds they have higher out-of-pocket medical expenses, lower life expectancy.

Evers Says GOP Discouraging Private Donors

Evers Says GOP Discouraging Private Donors

Legislators' rejection of capital budget may scare away private donations to university projects, governor says.

New Project Doubles State’s Solar Output

New Project Doubles State’s Solar Output

Dairyland Power Cooperative will purchase 149 megawatts from Jefferson County solar farm.

Farmers, Environmentalists Applaud Water Quality Trading Bill

Farmers, Environmentalists Applaud Water Quality Trading Bill

GOP bill would create a clearinghouse to trade credits from reducing water pollution.

Ron Johnson Calls for Ending Tariffs

Ron Johnson Calls for Ending Tariffs

Study shows Wisconsin could lose 14,000 jobs from Trump’s tariffs.

Evers Demands Respect for State Employees

Evers Demands Respect for State Employees

First executive order prohibits discrimination in state employment, second calls on agencies to respect all employees.

Federal Shutdown Impacts State Businesses

Federal Shutdown Impacts State Businesses

Wisconsin businesses booked more than $4.3 billion in government contracts in 2018.

Many Wells Contaminated in SW Wisconsin

Many Wells Contaminated in SW Wisconsin

Survey finds almost half of private wells tested in the area are contaminated

Regents Okay Pay Hike for UW Staff

Regents Okay Pay Hike for UW Staff

UW System officials say uncompetitive pay causing faculty turnover.

State Enjoys Low Food Prices for Holiday

State Enjoys Low Food Prices for Holiday

Survey of grocery stores finds fourth straight year of price declines.

Southwest Wisconsin Swings Democratic

Southwest Wisconsin Swings Democratic

Four key counties that helped elect Trump switched to Evers, Baldwin.